As Summer Changes to Autumn,
As August winds down, and the kids go back to school, we have several changes going on here at Stein. We are gearing up to renovate and expand our restrooms. I wrote a while back that I’m not looking forward to the disruption that it will entail, but it should take only a couple of weeks to complete the work. We will re-configure the space to allow additional toilets in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms, taking away the closets, hallway and janitor’s closet (moving the Janitor’s to another spot). All work should be completed by mid-December. Our next focus is the noise reduction in the dining room.
Because we need to complete this work before the end of the year, we have decided to postpone our 40th Anniversary event until next Spring. We will keep you posted. Our Board of Directors are planning fundraisers including art auctions and a Las Vegas Night (dates TBA). We have also been approached by some community institutions to collaborate with them this Fall. We expect to continue our partnership with Turtle Bay Music School with our Senior Chorus; La Mama Theatre is planning to do a workshop here leading to a performance at the theatre later this Fall; The Dept. for the Aging is placing an Artist in Residence here at Stein to teach painting in November; School of Visual Arts students will visit us in September to run a workshop in our Social Adult Day Program; our nurses will return from Hunter Bellevue, Pace and NY Tech to provide blood pressure monitoring, health lectures and special programs; our collaboration with Henry Street Settlement’s Senior Companion Program will continue to grow. If you are interested in becoming a senior companion or having a senior companion, please see Sandy Daniels to get more information.
Senior Planet has been teaching our computer classes (sponsored by Rosie Mendez) and is being enjoyed by those attendees. We plan to have additional classes later this Fall. We have been chosen to be part of a study conducted by a professor at Cornell University to monitor the day to day activities of older adults. We will ask 15 members to sign up for this study, 6 men and 9 women. You will be given iPhones (for the study) and trained to use them. When alerted, participants will respond to surveys on the iPhones. They will pay the participants to be in the study. The study will take place from October 6th and end on October 13th. We will provide more information in the coming days. September 12th is Shredding Day sponsored by AARP and Scott Stringer’s office! Bring all papers to be shredded from 10am to 1pm outside our center on 23rd Street.
Our most important change is the loss of one of our programs. We have been fortunate to have a Crime Victims Service here at Stein for a decade funded by the NYS Office of Victims Services. For the last 7 years, Coordinator Teresa Navarro has helped hundreds of crime victims navigate the system to get reimbursement for losses. She has worked tirelessly advocating for victims. As our contract was ending this September 30th, we applied for the grant for the next 5 years, as we had done in the past. We did not get the grant this time and the program will end on September 30th. We have reached out to our elected officials who have all responded and tried to help us. We weren’t able to save the program. We will continue to try to identify grants that will restore this important service, but in the meantime, the Crime Victims Service will end on September 30, 2014. I know many of you have a close relationship with Teresa as we, her colleagues do. We wish her great success in her future endeavors and hope she can return to Stein at some point.