Doors open again: Seniors enjoy picnic at St. Ann's Senior Center

BALDWIN — Smiling faces greeted one another on July 1, as local area senior citizens who use the St. Ann's Senior Center were finally able to finally catch up with one another now the center is open again for the first time since March of 2020.

Hot dogs were sizzling on the grill as senior citizens congregated outside, waiting for the doors of the center to open - after a year and four months of being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. They were welcomed back with a special picnic lunch.

Clarence Vicent, a 96-year-old Baldwin resident who serves on the Baldwin Village Council, was happy to be able to enjoy a meal at St. Ann's Senior Center once again.

"It is nice to have this open again, and it is nice for them to have a picnic for us," he said.

Although the center was closed to the public for more than a year, site manager Sue Cadwell said those who receive services were taken care of.

"Everybody received a phone call which gave them an option to have a hot meal delivered everyday," she said. "We called and checked on them and supplied canned goods to their home once a month. I'd like to think we took very good care of everyone."