Coffeehouse Senior Center Relocation
The Coffeehouse program has served the Hell’s Kitchen/Chelsea neighborhood since the early 1970’s – starting as a help desk in the Port Authority Bus Terminal where the elderly “sitters” congregated, growing to become a full service senior center with funding from the NYC Department for the Aging.
For the past 30 years, the Coffeehouse has operated in a building near Times Square, at 551 Ninth Avenue, owned by Port Authority. Although this rent free ride on the Port Authority’s dime ended, we have been able to secure a new and even better home in the undercroft of the Holy Cross Church on West 42nd Street.
The build out of McCaffrey Hall has taken a year to transform the space into a fully handicap-accessible center with a commercial grade kitchen. Designed by Charles Lauster Architect, the space will allow for greater programmatic diversity and can physically accommodate a greater number of individuals.
This relocation was made possible by the contributions of many: the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The NYC Department for the Aging, Borough President Scott Stringer, Speaker Christine Quinn, private philanthropy, corporations, and numerous generous individuals. We are also grateful to Father Peter Colapietro of the Holy Cross Church for making this move and our continued connection to the elderly of this community possible.
We had moved into our new space on November 8th and celebrated its official opening on November 16th 2012.
On Thursday June 14, 2012, Project FIND held its annual Gala fundraiser at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s Bonnell Hall. Featuring the Hargrave senior Choir with Patrick McKearn, we honored two incredible people—Fred Papert, the President of the 42nd Street Development Corporation and Constance Tempel, Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Fred, as Founder and President of the 42nd Street Development Corporation, conceived and created Theater Row. Some of his projects include: renovating Grand Central Station with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; building the new headquarters and stables for the Mounted Unit of the New York Police Department; and lending his expertise to the 42nd Street Fund, the new York Landmark’s Conservancy, and Project FIND, where he served on the board of directors for nearly a decade, to name a few.
Connie, as the Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, is nationally recognized in the field of supportive housing. She began at Catholic Charities of Brooklyn as a developer. Later, she researched with Dr. Dennis Culhane, which has shaped the City’s placement strategies for shelter seekers. She has also helped structure the NY-NY Agreement to house homeless individuals with chronic mental health conditions. Recently, she is focused on prison re-entry, elder homelessness, and Medicaid redesign. Closer to home, Connie lent her support to the Woodstock Hotel both at the time of its first major refinancing in the mid-1990’s and then several years later when disaster struck in the form of a construction crane from the Conde Nast tower.
Hargrave Senior Choir with Patrick McKeam