331 West 42nd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10036
Phone: 646-545-4621| Email: [email protected]
COVID Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
Coffeehouse Senior Center has been serving 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 and growing over time to become a full-service senior center with funding from the NYC Department for the Aging.
For 30 years, the senior center operated in a building near Times Square, at 551 Ninth Avenue, owned by Port Authority. In 2012, with enormous assistance from the Port Authority, the site secured a larger home in McCaffrey Hall, which resides in the undercroft of the Holy Cross Church. In 2013, a $1.1 million buildout of the space was completed by Charles Lauster Architect, P.C., which transitioned the senior center into a fully handicap-accessible space with a commercial grade kitchen.
Prior to COVID, the location provided daily health and cultural programs in addition to serving nutritious, freshly prepared breakfast and lunch meals to seniors five days per week. It also provided a Thursday evening meal program (Dinner at Coffeehouse) and a take-away meal program (Day for Night) to homeless, indigent, and seniors living in spaces without cooking facilities.
Although the senior center space is temporarily closed for in-person events due to COVID, on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 10:30am to 12:30pm, homeless older adults age 60+ can pick up a FREE nutritious meal from the site’s Homeless Meal Program.
Also, Project FIND is offering an academy of over 60 weekly online classes taught by certified instructors and other qualified professionals residing throughout NYC!
Kathleen Mohamed, Director
Kathleen Mohamed has over 20 years of experience in the fields of food service management and human resources. Prior to joining Project FIND in 2020, she worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Food Service Manager and a Human Resource Supervisor. Her experience includes over a decade working to enhance food programs within contract companies, private hospitals, and nursing homes. Kathleen lives by her alma mater’s motto, Ut Prosim, which is Latin for “That I May Serve.” Kathleen has a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.