Ibero-American Action League’s Centro de Oro has received $50,000 in funding from the state to assist individuals over the age of 60.
As the only senior center catered specifically for Latinos over the age of 60, Centro de Oro — meaning Gold Center — serves as an educational center and a “home away from home” for seniors facing isolation. The center’s attendees more than doubled after Hurricane Maria and it has faced large funding shortages since.
“Centro de Oro sets the standard for senior care and provides an essential service to our local Latinx population in Rochester,” said state Sen. Jeremy Cooney, D-Rochester, who played a role in obtaining the funding. “I am proud to have supported a state budget that prioritizes our most vulnerable citizens, including our seniors. This funding will play a critical role in Ibero’s outreach into underserved communities.”
Although Centro de Oro is facing funding challenges, Ibero deems it a service critical to the mission of the organization and has worked diligently to secure additional support. Ibero has partnered with the city of Rochester to relocate the center to the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center.
“On behalf of Ibero and the seniors, I would like to thank Senator Cooney for his generous show of support for our senior center and the well-being of our elders,” said Angelica Perez-Delgado, president and CEO of Ibero. “These funds will help Ibero continue serving Latino seniors by maintaining a bilingual, culturally-sensitive environment unique to this population.”
Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that builds stronger families and greater self-sufficiency among individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds.