Hamilton Senior Center
141 West 73rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-787-7710| Email: [email protected]
COVID Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm
HAMILTON INNOVATIVE SENIOR CENTER
Nestled in a beautiful neighborhood on the Upper West Side, Hamilton Innovative Senior Center is located on the ground floor of Project FIND’s residential building, Hamilton House.
The senior center first opened in 1973 with funding from the Bureau of Purchased Social Services for Adults (BPSSA). In 2012, the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) offered senior center providers with DFTA contracts the opportunity to redesign their programs, which provided Project FIND the chance to align its Hamilton and Hargrave community spaces. As a result, the Hamilton Annex, which is located just two blocks from the Hamilton Innovative Senior Center, was established as a secondary programming site for the senior center.
In 2014, Hamilton Senior Center was designated as an Innovative Senior Center by DFTA. As an Innovative Center, the Hamilton prides itself in fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration through the formation, sharing, and testing of program ideas. Prior to COVID, the location provided daily health and cultural programs in addition to nutritious congregate meals including lunch, dinner, and a salad bar.
Prior to COVID, the location provided daily health and cultural programs in addition to serving nutritious, freshly prepared breakfast and lunch meals to almost 240 seniors daily.
The Annex, formerly operating as the Hargrave Senior Center, is an invaluable resource to the elders of the upper westside community. Located on the ground floor of the Hargrave Residential Building at 111 West 71st Street, this recently renovated facility has been in continuous operation since 1977 thanks to funding from the NYC Department for the Aging (DftA).
In 2012, prompted by an opportunity from DftA to realign our programs the Hargrave Senior Center was merged with the Hamilton Senior Center to allow for expanded health and wellness programming. In the ensuing years and prior to the pandemic, the Annex has served as a prime location for Project FIND’s vast array of artistic, nutritional and health and wellness activities. Renovations on both the Hargrave residence and Annex were completed in the fall of 2019 - the entrance to the Annex boasts an impressive expanse of automatic glass doors, new recessed lighting, hardwoodesque flooring, a bright white interior, refreshed public restrooms and an attractive, spacious kitchen area.
The pandemic has been the mother of invention in terms of improvisation of service delivery strategies. While in-person activities are temporarily on hold, the Annex serves as one of the logistical hubs from where Zoom-based virtual programing is broadcasted.
While our innovative virtual program options will continue to be an ongoing part of our repertoire, we long for the presence of people engaged in their wellness and growth. Can’t wait for the day!
We very much appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we follow the required guidelines to safely reopen our Center in a way that prioritizes each other’s health and safety! Hamilton Senior Center
is excited to announce its continued progress towards fully reopening.
On June 14th, we began providing upwards to 125 daily Grab-and-Go lunches to members on a first come, first served basis. These freshly prepared meals can be eaten within the senior center or taken to go.
We also reinstated in-person Case Assistance by appointment. To schedule a visit with our Licensed Social Worker, please call (212) 787-7710.
On July 6th, in addition to continuing to offer an academy of over 50 weekly online classes taught by certified instructors and other qualified professionals residing throughout NYC, we reopened our computer lab for in-person sessions and begin offering several limited in-person programs and workshops.
On July 12th, we transitioned our newly renovated Hamilton Annex space, which is located on 71st St., into a dedicated in-person and virtual wellness and art center. In its new role, the space will exhibit work from local independent artist. Also, it will host neighborhood health fairs, offer exercise classes, and conduct health management workshops aimed to support older New Yorker in living active and independent lives within their community.
MELISSA JOHNSON-BOWEN, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Melissa Johnson-Bowen has more than 20 years of experience serving the older adult population. Prior to joining Project FIND in 2016, she was the Program Director at R.A.I.N. As the Program Director of both the Hamilton Innovative Senior Center and the Hamilton Annex, her goal is to ensure that seniors are treated with respect and dignity and are provided with services that foster independence and the ability to age in place within one’s own community. Melissa says, “Older adults worked hard and played their role in society, and their retirement years should be enjoyed in whichever way they choose.” She holds a M.S. in Human Services with a specialization in Gerontology from Capella University and a B.A. in Psychology from Herbert H. Lehman College.