L.A. Chinatown Senior Center to Close

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LOS ANGELES— A senior center in Los Angeles that has been serving community members in nine languages for more than a century will close its doors at the end of June due to lack of funds. According to China Press, St. Barnabas, which is a mainstay for Chinese-speaking elders in the community, has struggled financially for the last two years. On May 17, more than two dozens Chinese seniors gathered at the center to protest the impending closure and explain how the senior center has helped them. 70-year-old Mrs. Guan said seniors with language barriers also brought their mail to the center, where staff would help to explain the contents to them in Chinese. Hung, a volunteer at the center, said the seniors were upset about the news because they did not know where to ask for help in the future. St. Barnabas provides information on
health and nutrition, and answers questions about transportation, Social Security and medical benefits.