New York City can be a tough place to grow old, especially if you don't have family or friends nearby. For many seniors, we have become like family, a trusted resource they know they can count on to act in their best interest.
Our clients come from all backgrounds and walks of life. While they face many different physical challenges, they share one common goal-- they are determined to stay at home and and live independently. Even if our seniors are physically vulnerable, they are of sound mind and spirit, and enjoy making new friends.
Shirley recently celebrated her 99th birthday, and her Visiting Neighbors' volunteers were an important part of her celebration. Her special birthday request? A pastrami sandwich from the Second Avenue Deli. While we don't recommend a regular diet of pastrami for our seniors, Visiting Neighbors' dedicated volunteer, Charlie, who visits Shirley regularly, and who often brings his family along, was thrilled to help make her birthday special. (At Visiting Neighbors, we love celebrating special occasions with our seniors, so they know they haven't been forgotten.)
Although Shirley's vision is very limited now, which makes it impossible for her to enjoy reading, she is still able to enjoy "The Forward", the weekly Yiddish newspaper. Yehiel, a VN volunteer who reads and speaks Yiddish, brings her a copy of the paper each week, reads it to her, and discusses current events and Yiddish culture. Shirley's late husband was an important part of the New York Yiddish literary scene, and its icons were regular visitors in her home, so she enjoys maintaining a connection with this important part of her life.
Our services are available to anyone 60 years and older who is mentally sound, emotionally stable, and able to interact with others. We serve seniors in lower Manhattan, south of 30th Street, from the East River to the Hudson. Our Friendly Visiting program also serves seniors living in the Forest Hills/Rego Park community of Queens.
All of our programs and services are offered free of charge. A donation is suggested for each Shop and Escort outing, but is not required. As a non-profit organization, we rely on tax-deductible contributions to help defray the cost of our services and keep us doing what we do best.
If you are a senior who would enjoy a visit from a volunteer, or if you need some assistance with shopping or traveling to medical appointments, give us a call at (212) 260-6200, or email us at email@example.com. A social worker will arrange a time to learn more about you and to discuss our services. We are here to help you, not to judge you.
Our programs and services are funded by a combination of individual donations, community and corporate support, grants form corporations and government funding.
This purposeful blend of support enables us to respond to needs of seniors with greater flexibility than those programs that rely on a single funder, but it also makes de the job of raising enough money to improve and expand our programs a greater challenge.