Feminist Press and Project FIND are proud to present:
Claire Reed reading from her new book Toughing It Out: From Silver Slippers to Combat Boots
Thursday April 18
2:15 pm at the Hamilton Senior Center
141 West 73rd St btw Columbus and Amsterdam
Claire Reed was at the center of some of the most important movements of the 1960s and 1970s -- civil rights, feminism and peace activism. Now at 92, she is as outspoken and impassioned as ever -- and has a story that only an insider can tell
"Toughing It Out gives us the inside story of an era of change and turmoil. Claire Reed's witty and irascible, bold and surprising activist journey will delight and inspire everyone concerned about peace and freedom, women's liberation and human rights." —Blanche Wiesen Cook, Biographer, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols I & II, III forthcoming
RECEPTION AND REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW
Denice Jones 1956 - 2013
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Denice Jones, the Director of Senior Center Programs after a long illness. For 29 years Denice had been a member of the Project FIND family, whose dedication and abilities only grew with the passage of time. Starting out as participant in an employment training program run by Project FIND in 1983, she graduated into her first job as an Administrative Assistant. Over the next 20 years she became, in succession, the Office Manager, the Director of the Hargrave Senior Center, the Director of the Woodstock Senior Center, and in 2008, the Director of Senior Center Programs, the perch from which she supervised the activities at all five of our centers. Along the way she mentored and inspired numerous staff members, befriended countless center participants and left an indelible mark on our agency. Possessed of a wide smile and an appreciation for the vicissitudes of human nature and professional comport that made her a natural leader and trusted voice. Denice was also the brains behind our advanced data collection systems for our center programs and a key shaper of our restructured senior center programs just this past year.
And that ain’t the half of it. She was a giant here, whose loss will be felt for a very long time.
A special memorial was organized.
Project FIND Thanksgiving
Traditional Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings were served to 200 NYC's poorest seniors. Project FIND has hosted this event for low-income and homeless seniors for 40 years. Executive Director David Gilcrist said, "Without a venue like this, many of our seniors would be spending the holiday alone." For some, this meal has become their holiday tradition. One participant said, "All my family is [out of state], and I hate to be alone on the holidays.
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.
Read more about our relocation story in DNAinfo.
Woodstock Seniors Dance on Broadway!
For four days in May, Project FIND Woodstock Senior Center Members got their chance to strut their stuff in the heart of Times Square! The seniors, who are members of the intergenerational dance troupe “Dances for a Variable Population,” readied themselves for their big debut by rehearsing at the Woodstock Senior Center on a weekly basis for three months.
The twenty four dancers, whose ages ranged from 20 to 90 (half of whom were seniors) stopped tourists, and even jaded New Yorkers in their tracks as they witnessed the troupe master beautifully choregraphed moves accompanied by contemporary and ecletic world music.
The performance ended with a dance party open to all where people of all ages, races and cultures joyfully shared together the common language of dance. What better way to reflect the power and meaning of the grounds they were on, commonly called “The Crossroads of the World.”
Visit this site for photos and news clip of the event.
Getting Your Money’s Worth Interviews Executive Director David Gillcrist
Watch David discuss Project FIND’s work with Judith West on Getting Your Money’s Worth. In a 14-minute interview, David and Judith talk about senior centers, housing, and the lives of New York City's older adults.
The Daily News Tells the Coffeehouse Story!
And a better story could not be told. When the News reporter and photographer visited the Coffeehouse Senior Center, they engaged with the participants and were fascinated by their stories. They admired the resilience and hope exhibited by people who often must wrestle with dire conditions. As participant Frank Aosger states, "This place has kept me alive. I've outlived all of my family. I don't know how to cook. This is the best meal I get all day." And each year, Project FIND collectively s