Clinton Senior Center
530 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-757-2026 | Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Clinton Senior Center has a charm all its own and is a source of enjoyment for its many participants. The center began in 1969, meeting once a week in the basement of Sacred Heart Church, and shortly afterward added a weekly lunch. In 1973, the Bureau of Purchased Social Services for Adults (BPSSA) provided funding for a full Senior Center. A few short years later in 1977, the center moved into its permanent home at Harborview Terrace, a two-building New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartment complex that had just been built. To this day, the Clinton Center thrives with creative programming, beautifully renovated space and an engaged membership.
This capital improvement project was a long time coming and owes a huge debt of gratitude to Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilperson Helen Rosenthal as well as the NYCHA for pulling together more than $2 million in City capital funding. Despite the comprehensiveness of the upgrades, the center staff and center members kept the programing running during the entire NYCHA-supervised construction period. Special mention is due to NYCHA Project Manager, David Tsui and his team who turned on the afterburners to complete the work and beautifully.
The Clinton Senior Center provides a wide range of fun-filled and educational programming for older adults in the areas of physical health and exercise, health and wellness management, educational and recreational programs, and information and referral services. Examples of popular activities provided to attendees include gardening, watercolor painting, ZUMBA strength training, dance, poetry circle and a Department for the Aging funded stretch program.
A social worker is on site at the center on Wednesdays from 9 am-1 pm who is an important resource in providing counseling and support to older adults. The social worker is the critical link in assisting senior center members with the completion and submission of applications for important benefits and entitlements including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Home Energy Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income and annual NYCHA housing recertifications. Classes are held in the center’s computer lab, as well as the library and large dining room where lunch is served from Monday to Friday. In addition to the variety of instruction offered, there are also offsite trips and holiday parties. There is something for everyone at the Clinton Center.
TRENACE SIMMONS, DIRECTOR
Trenace Simmons has worked in the Geriatric field for well over 23 years. She obtained her CNA and LPN license in Orlando, Florida in 1998. While working in the nursing field, Trenace was offered the opportunity to be a Business Office Specialist at Lakeside Behavioral Center. During her tenure there, she worked in the Adult and Children Clinic. She was promoted to Entitlement Specialist, assisting clients with SSI Benefits, as well as long-term housing. In 2003 Trenace moved to New York and took the position of Assistant Director at Project FIND’s Hamilton Senior Center. In 2005 Trenace was promoted to Director of Clinton Senior Center. Trenace states that her love and passion for seniors is the motivator that keeps her entrenched in this field.