Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley’s Senior Center Ribbon Cutting Slated for Friday


Appreciation Day festivities and luncheon open to all who support the Center

 Bethlehem, PA – A public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley’s renovated Basilo Huertas Senior Center will be held on Friday, November 20, at 11:30am. The ribbon-cutting will be immediately followed by an Appreciation Day luncheon to thank donors, funders, volunteers and all who support the Hispanic Center. The ribbon-cutting will be held at 520 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, and the luncheon will be held at 502 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem.

The Basilio Huertas Senior Center provides older adults over 60 years of age with personalized case management services as well as the opportunity to engage in educational and social activities that promote their health and well-being. The Senior Center strives to help each participant maintain their lives independently. Senior Center activities include regular monitoring of chronic disease, exercise programs, educational workshops, and games that promote social inclusion. The updates to the Senior Center will allow HCLV to better serve area seniors who thrive on the services offered there, including managing diabetes and other medical expenses that are difficult on a fixed income.

In 2014, HCLV received a $132,552 state grant to perform physical renovations at the Senior Center, which was built in 1935. The state money paid for the center’s bathrooms to be brought up-to-code and created a new room for educational programs.

“This day has been a long time in the making,” said HCLV Executive Director Lorna Velazquez. “I’m really proud of our team and I’m grateful for the support of everyone who has helped see this project through. Most importantly, I am happy for our senior community. This day is about them and our commitment to offering them the best services and programs we can.”


About HCLV: The mission of HCLV is to improve the quality of life of Hispanic and other families by empowering them to become more self-sufficient, while promoting an intercultural understanding in the Lehigh Valley. We believe in a community that embraces economic opportunity for all and sees its cultural diversity as a foundation for building a stronger society and a more vibrant economy. In order to achieve our mission, HCLV uses unique programming to promote education, health and wellness, and case management services.

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Information Provided By:
Amanda Bressack
The Assistant to the Executive Director
Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley