HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) recently visited the Hazleton Active Adult Center (HAAC), where a state grant she helped to secure will fund upgrades to the facility’s restrooms.
In July, the center was awarded a $57,000 Local Share Account (LSA) grant that was also supported by Sen. John Yudichak (I-14). Hazleton’s grant applications were submitted following their approval by city council.
“As we continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, seniors are excited to be able to interact and use this wonderful facility once again,” said Toohil. “They have been isolated from each other and the community at large for many months, so investing in these renovations to the center is very important.”
“We are so grateful for the improvements already made that make our center so inviting for our members. The restrooms are in need of upgrades,” said Marijo Penkala, HAAC director.
LSA grants are derived from gaming revenues and are to be used for projects that improve the quality of life of citizens in the community.
“The seniors of the greater Hazleton area appreciate the support provided by State Representative Tarah Toohil and State Senator John Yudichak for this grant,” added Dominic Yannuzzi, Greater Hazleton Senior Citizen Services Association Inc. president. “The improvements will provide the seniors with a restroom facility that helps them feel more comfortable while utilizing the center.”
The Hazleton Active Adult Center is located at 24 E. Broad St.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
In the attached photo, Toohil is joined by seniors and staff members outside the center. Pictured (L-R): Mary Roselle, Area Agency on Aging executive director; Brad Hurley, Office of Sen. John Yudichak; Mike Boyle; Toohil; Sharon Poltrok; Marijo Penkala, center director; Sandy Acornly, Area Agency on Aging director of senior center services; Dominic Yannuzzi, Greater Hazleton Senior Citizen Services Association Inc. president; and Patti McClellan, center assistant director.