March 19, 2010

Mayor Daley Dedicates New Edgewater Senior Satellite Center

Edgewater Community Comes Alive With Recreational Facility For Seniors
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Mayor Richard M. Daley joined State Representative Harry Osterman, Department of Family and Support Services Commissioner Mary Ellen Caron, and members of the Edgewater Community Council to officially dedicate the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center located at 5917 N. Broadway in the Edgewater community.

“Chicago’s seniors are one of our most valuable assets,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
“We depend on our community of seniors to serve as role models to our families and communities and are grateful for the significant contributions they have made to the culture of our neighborhoods and fabric of our city.”

Through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and its 18 senior centers and countless community partners, we are able to provide more than 400,000 seniors annually with resources, services and programming that promote healthy and independent lifestyles.

The 10th Annual Harry Osterman Senior Health Fair provides the residents of the Edgewater neighborhood with an opportunity to explore and learn about services, programs and benefits offered by more than 50 healthcare providers, community organizations and government agencies.

Seniors also participate in free health screenings.

Mayor Daley said, “The Osterman family has long served as champions of not only the residents of Edgewater, but the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.”

Kathy Osterman dedicated her life to the city and this community, and one of her many life works include spearheading restoration efforts surrounding the Broadway Armory.

“We are happy to be here today to open the Edgewater Senior Center within this wonderful community resource and dedicate it in Kathy’s memory,” said Mayor Daley.
“This new Senior Center at the Broadway Armory will provide the seniors of the Edgewater community with a safe, accessible place where they can enjoy meals with friends, express their talents, learn new skills and continue to stay active.”

Among the center’s core programs and services are fitness, health education, meals, trips, and a wide range of life enrichment classes. Additional programming will developed based on feedback to meet the specific needs and interests of the seniors of the Edgewater Community.

The Chicago Park District worked with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to identify and dedicate a portion of this building for the Edgewater Senior Center and the Edgewater Community Council will provide staffing services to the seniors who visit this facility at no cost.

This facility will provide the residents of the Edgewater community a Satellite Senior Center with a safe, accessible place where they can enjoy meals with friends, express their talents, learn new skills and continue to stay active.

“This building will provide the comforts of home-like atmosphere combined with the support services and programs that will give residents the confidence and independence to enjoy life to the fullest,” Daley said.

“Of course, government alone can not provide all the services that our residents need. The Senior Satellite Center of Edgewater is another great example that shows that Chicago is a place where government, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector can work together to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” the Mayor said.

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