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 centers 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.
Although the senior center space is temporarily closed for in-person events due to COVID, Project FIND is now offering an academy of over 60 weekly online classes taught by certified instructors and other qualified professionals residing throughout NYC!
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., Inc. 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.