Tosh Collins Senior Center Celebrates Reopening
Reopening Event Held Tuesday July 13th
Buffalo, NY - A special celebration was held on Tuesday July 13, 2021 to mark the grand reopening of the Tosh Collins Community Center for Senor Programs. Special guests in attendance were NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and City of Buffalo Councilman Chris Scanlon. The Tosh Collins Community Center, which is owned by the City of Buffalo and operated by the South Buffalo Community Association, has been shuttered for the past 16 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions of the City of Buffalo.
The Senator, the Mayor, and the Councilman spoke to a packed house of seniors, many of whom had just participated in the Center's Tai Chi program, or were waiting to have lunch in the Stay Fit Dining program followed by BINGO. Many words and sentiments of celebration were shared in being together in-person and able to be inside the Senior Center again after the long closure. Led by South Buffalo Community Association's Executive Director Michael Weidrich, who assumed the role on March 16, 2020 just as the pandemic closed the Center.
Situated at the corner of Cazenovia Park, across from Mercy Hospital, the Tosh Collins Center has been operated by the South Buffalo Community Association for several decades, providing the Senior Citizens of South Buffalo with activities and programs to enrich their lives. July 6th saw the return of the Erie County Stay Fit Dining Program, providing a hot lunch in a congregate dining setting, which will run on Tuesdays and Thursday through the end of summer, with additional days coming in the Fall. Other programs include Tai Chi, Bingo, Paint & Sip, a Walking group, and case management services.
While the Tosh Collins Center has been granted permission by the City to reopen, many of the Senior Centers in City of Buffalo owned buildings remain closed to the public, while all the the suburban Senior Center have been opened with COVID restrictions for the better part of the past year.