Over-the-Rhine Senior Center Re-Opens to Limited Capacity After Pandemic Closure

CINCINNATI—The Over-the-Rhine Senior Center, at 1722 Race Street, is reopening in a limited manner after being temporarily closed about a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for senior and staff health and safety. For the time being, the Center will operate on a limited capacity to those adults 60 and over who have been vaccinated. In addition, temperature and illness checks will be performed daily on all who enter. Social distancing will also be enforced.

Pre-registration is required. Seniors can do so by calling the Center at 513-381-3007.

The Center provides a comfortable, friendly environment where seniors can socialize, enjoy activities as well as eat breakfast and lunch.

The Center has a monthly calendar of activities, such as group birthday parties, bingo, trivia quizzes and speakers on topics important to older adults. Twice a month, a late afternoon meal is offered with bingo, a movie or other activity. Other activities, like dancing and cornhole, are spontaneous.

“From one day to the next you don’t know what we might do, but we know it’ll be good fun and interesting,” said Cheryl Ware, the Senior Center’s director.

The Senior Center is located at 1722 Race Street in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. It’s between W. Elder and Green Streets, a block from Findlay Market. It’s open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bus transportation to and from the Center is available. To learn more, call 513-721-0375.

Activities, meals and transportation are free to anyone who is at least 60 years old. Seniors are encouraged to contribute $1 per meal and can do so anonymously, but no one is denied a meal if they are unable to contribute.

Breakfast is served weekdays at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon. When seniors call to pre-register, they will be asked if they plan to eat so the appropriate amount of food is prepared.