CYA senior center in Lawrenceville to receive $70,000 grant

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Catholic Youth Association’s Stephen Foster Center in Lawrenceville has been awarded a $70,000 state grant to refurbish fitness facilities.

“I congratulate the CYA, center administrators and the residents who utilize all the fine programs offered at the facility,” Ravenstahl said. “The funding from Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds will go a long way toward enriching the lives of older Pennsylvanians in Allegheny County.”

Ravenstahl said administrators at the Stephen Foster Center said the grant, administered by the state Department of Aging, will be used to refurbish the center’s third floor, which is used for senior fitness activities. New equipment, flooring and restrooms are eyed with the funding, as well expanding fitness activities to weekends and evenings.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Mary Ann Henroty, center CEO, explaining that the center was built in the late 1800s and requires continual maintenance.

“We’re going to call the workmen today,” said Gretchen Fay, center executive director.

Ravenstahl said the center, located at 286 Main St. adjacent to the Lawrenceville branch of Carnegie Library, helps provide about 300 meals each weekday while dozens of residents take advantage of services and activities on an almost daily basis at the facility.

“The grant is a great investment in the social, emotional and physical well-being of older adults in the community,” Ravenstahl said.  

Senior Community Center grants totaling $2 million were awarded to 38 senior community centers statewide. More information about the state’s senior community centers can be found online at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s website at