Happy July 4th / Independence Day
It’s been a non-stop month in June, since it is the end of our fiscal year. It has been challenging for us using the new system of “Performance based contracting” that the Dept. for the Aging has instituted. This means that all services and activities are tracked and entered into our database. We are still working out glitches in the new program used by the Dept. for the Aging. I want to stress how important it is for you to register to be a member of Stein. There is no charge to become a member, but it helps us in reporting our numbers to our funding source. I also want to explain why it is important to contribute for lunch. Built into our budget is an amount of money that the Dept. for the Aging expects us to collect each year. That amount is $42,000 and we were under about $8,000 this year. If you are able, please contribute to Stein for lunch and activities. Your contributions are needed to sustain our programs. Thank you.
We have some interesting programs starting this Summer. Barbara Green, a new member, has volunteered to mend clothing for our Stein participants. She will be here on Thursday, July 16th from 1-3 pm. She will fix hems, seams, take up slacks, etc. simple repairs. We will have a sign-up sheet that day starting at 10 am. She plans to offer this service once a month if there is a need.
Our new teacher, “C” who is leading the Strength-training class is also a Zumba instructor. If there is enough interest, we will schedule a Zumba class.
A sign-up sheet will be put out to see if participants support this activity.
I have met with a massage therapist from Massage Envy, a new spa on East 23rd Street. Steven Simonelli will offer free chair massages at Stein on a date to be announced.
I want to remind you that Stein is a Cooling Center and on days that are deemed by the Dept. for the Aging to be a cooling center day, we are open until 6pm. You are welcome to stay in the center until that time. I hope you have an enjoyable July 4th. We will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.
Jane Barry, Executive Director