Enhancing the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.
Drop into the Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center any weekday morning and you will see a lively community at work as Hispanics and seniors from all over Lancaster County get together for a hot breakfast, a bit of socializing and maybe a spirited game of dominos or cards.
Every day there is a full calendar of things to do with activities like Spanish news and conversation groups, mental health support, bingo, yoga, Bible study, music appreciation or arts and crafts. There are SACA people available to help with household problems, getting financial or medical help or acting as an advocate in a situation that needs help with language and communication. There is even help finding a senior job to help make ends meet.
The Luis Munoz Marin facility (named for the Puerto Rican poet, journalist and politician who became the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico) is an official Lancaster County Senior Center and is supported in part through the Lancaster County Office of Aging. In terms of number served, it is the largest center in Lancaster and it is the only center that cooks hot food on site instead of using pre-packaged meals prepared at a different location. Last year, the center served over 32,000 hot meals – both breakfast and lunch – for many seniors and other individuals in need who otherwise would not have eaten that day.
The Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center supports our most vulnerable citizens with social, education, recreation and psychological services. It enhances their quality of life, protects against loneliness, isolation, depression or illness, and preserves independent living in an active multi-lingual and diverse community.
Puerto Rico Evacuees
In responce to the crisis in Puerto Rico, a coalition of providers from the social services, faith based, government, and philanthropy have convened to map a system of support, ensuring that our fellow Americans can quickly get back on their feet. SACA, CAP, and Church World Services will be serving as a backbone of this collective response. The model of support presumes that new arrivals connect first with SACA and that Centro Hispano is considered the Welcome Center.
SACA has helped clients with applications for benefits, including FEMA and work with CAP for intensive case management services as needed. Evacuees still seeking services should contact our case management desk at 717-397-6267.