Woodstock Senior Center
127 West 43rd St., NY 10036 Phone: 212 575 0693
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 8:30 - 5:00
Woodstock Senior Center is located on the second floor of the Woodstock Hotel, one of Project FIND’s three residential buildings. It is accessible by elevator. The Center first opened in 1977, two years after Project FIND took over the management of the Woodstock Hotel.
The Woodstock is a busy center which features a computer room, a large dining room, Saturday art classes, and monthly parties. Breakfast and lunch are served Tuesday through Sunday, cooked in Woodstock’s large kitchen. The Center also has a Homeless In-Reach Program which assists homeless seniors. Shower facilities are availble to the homeless on weekday mornings.
Last year more than 1,300 people visited Woodstock to participate in an activity, class or meal, and more than 84,000 meals were served.
- Beth Stern, Director
Beth Stern joined Project FIND in 2012 and currently serves as Director of the Woodstock Senior Center, responsible for overseeing programs including recreational and therapeutic activities, human resources and financial administration.
Beth has been working with seniors since the early 90s, ‘I was teaching grades 6-12 on Staten Island, when a good friend recommended me for a position at a local Senior Center.” It was a revelatory moment. “I loved it in a heartbeat. I loved the population from the moment I arrived.”
At the Woodstock Center that love has a fitness focus, finding fun ways, like Tai-chi classes to help members at the Center improve their health and quality of life. It’s all about becoming more physically active. “The benefits for seniors are incredible,” says Beth “it’s low-impact, relaxing and really rewards your efforts.”
A graduate of Wagner College Ms. Stern served from 1996-2007 as Director of the Mariners Harbor Senior Center, notable for its creative combination of volunteer seniors and work experience staff. For the four years previous to that, she was Assistant Director at West Brighton Senior Center in Staten Island working on educational and recreational programs.