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Program feeds body and soul twice weekly

Roxana Gomez, of Dudley, runs Southbridge’s Latino Elder Program at the town’s Community Center on Chestnut Street. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
May 17, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — "Sometimes our elderly feel lonely — or even useless. Our goal is to take them out of the house, to let them socialize and enjoy activities," said Roxana Gomez, Latino Elder Program coordinator for Centro Las Americas. "This makes them feel useful."

"This," in this case, is the Latino Elder Program, which offers local senior citizens — anyone age 60 or older and considered low-income by state standards — a couple of days each week of games, activities, and socializing at Southbridge's Community Center on Chestnut Street.

Gomez, a native of Costa Rica who moved to Central Massachusetts about 17 years ago, has worked in human services for 10 years – and for Centro Las Americas, based in Worcester, for about six months.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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