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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Lenox Hill

Neighborhood House

WINTER 2012 Newsletter

Neighborhood House

Launches One of the

City’s First Innovative

Senior Centers!

After a very competitive process this past

summer, the New York City Department for

the Aging selected Lenox Hill Neighborhood

House to create one of eight new Innovative Senior

Centers in the City. Opening on January 1, 2012, the

new Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is

an expansive, pioneering program for more than

400 older adults 365 days a year—from 8 a.m. to 8

p.m.—while providing a broad range of critical case

management, fitness and aquatics, arts and culture,

education, socialization and public health activities.

We are serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week

and will be adding dinner daily beginning in May, with

offerings of locally-sourced organic food.

Members can take exercise classes such as Zumba,

Yoga or Pilates every morning, use our beautiful pool

for Watercize classes, learn how to use Facebook in our

state-of-the-art computer center, see a nurse

every week, take a workshop on financial security, meet

with our legal team to prepare Advance Directives,

enjoy horticultural therapy with the Rusk Institute

and take part in our Urban Shutterbugs class. Case

management assistance and wellness programs are

provided all the time.

We are thrilled to be able to create this unique program

that is serving older adults of all interests and abilities.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s more than 40 years

of experience in operating senior centers, combined

with our vast staff and programmatic resources, will

make the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House the

destination for the next generation of older adults in

New York City.

IN THIS ISSUE

2 Thanksgiving

Dinner Dance

4 New Staff Spotlight 6 Fall Associates Event


IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

COMMUNITY

Early Childhood Center

Winter Celebration

Performances

C

hildren from our Early Childhood Center

presented their annual Winter Celebration

performances to families, friends and

Neighborhood House staff on January 27th and

February 3rd. The performances, ‘Snowy Day Dreaming,’

featured each class dancing and singing to a song they

learned in Arts Instruction set to the tune of ‘California

Dreaming’ with reworked lyrics suggesting a snowy

winter walk to school. Each class also presented a song

or poem from their classroom curriculum. The children

wore snowflake costumes and scarves and performed on

a set suggesting a New York City scene with buildings

and other objects that line city streets—traffic lights,

snowmen, a newspaper box—all made by the children.

A

B

THANKSGIVING

DINNER DANCE

November 21, 2011

A: Dancing after dinner

B: New York Life Volunteers

C: City Council Speaker

Christine C. Quinn

D: Seniors enjoying

Thanksgiving Dinner

C

D

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AROUND AROUND THE THE NEIGHBORHOOD

COMMUNITY

Neighborhood House Hosts Roundtable Series on

Aging Sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger

We were pleased to cosponsor and host, with State Senator Liz Krueger, a five-session roundtable series

‘Planning Ahead: Boomers and Seniors in the 21st Century.’ Sessions included ‘The Graying of the

American Workforce’ in November; ‘I am 65, Now What?’ in December (featuring a comprehensive

discussion of benefits available to seniors by Mia Kandel, Esq. of our Legal Department); ‘It Starts at Home:

Planning Your Environment as You Age’ in January; and ‘Financial and Legal Preparation for Long Term Care’ in

February (featuring Carolyn Silver, Esq. of our Legal Department).

Healthy Foods and

Wellness Coordinator

Featured in ABC7 Blog

Miles Crettien, our Healthy Foods and

Wellness Coordinator, was featured in

ABC7’s The Green Apple blog in a post

about The Greenhouse Project initiative and its

teacher training program, ‘Water, Energy, and Waste:

Integrating Themes of Sustainability into Your

Classroom.’ Miles is a key part of our team as we

develop our own Green Roof—which will include a

vegetable garden—at our East Side Headquarters

with support from the New York City Department

of Environmental Protection. For more information

about our Green Roof Project and to view the blog,

please visit our website and our Facebook page.

DID YOU

KNOW …

That we partner with AARP each year to help hundreds

of low- and middle-income seniors prepare and file their

tax returns?

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NEW STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Meet Dina Zempsky, New Director of Case

Management Program for Seniors

Dina Zempsky

D

ina Zempsky, LCSW recently joined Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as

our new Director of Case Management. Our Case Management program

works with more than 1,400 frail and often homebound seniors living from

14th to 143rd Streets on the East Side of Manhattan. Dina is a graduate of Syracuse

University and Columbia School of Social Work and comes to us with extensive

and varied experience in social work and aging. Most recently, Dina worked as the

Director of Caregiver Services at Heights and Hills in Brooklyn. Dina previously

was the Program Manager at StoryCorps, where she worked on their Memory

Loss Initiative, and was a geriatric care manager doing individual psychotherapy

for older adults. From 1996 to 2000, Dina was the Director of the Partnership for

Eldercare at the New York City Department for the Aging. We are delighted to have

her on board!

Executive Chef Lynn Loflin Joins

the Neighborhood House

We are thrilled to announce that Lynn Loflin has been named the

organization’s inaugural Executive Chef. Lynn will lead our Healthy

Foods and Wellness programming and our terrific Food Services team,

which provides more than 400,000 healthy and delicious meals a year to our

clients, young and old.

Lynn comes to the Neighborhood House with an extensive and varied background

in the culinary arts, having worked most recently as a Chef Instructor at the

Lynn Loflin

Children’s Aid Society and Program Manager at Our Growing Place, a “seed to

table” organic gardening, cooking and nutrition program for children living in public housing developments. Lynn

currently owns and operates Newton Farm in the Catskills, which has a small Community Supported Agriculture

program, provides organic produce to New York City restaurants and provides food justice and gardening

education at the Dekalb Market in Brooklyn. Lynn also worked for nearly 20 years as the owner and operational

manager of the Miracle Grill, a popular Southwestern restaurant with two Manhattan locations.

One of Lynn’s first initiatives at the Neighborhood House was to help launch the new Center @ Lenox Hill

Neighborhood House, our 365-day-a-year Innovative Senior Center, with a fabulous New Year’s Day party. Lynn

will also be involved in the creation of our intergenerational Green Roof, our Community Supported Agriculture

program and our array of programming for children, families, seniors and homeless and formerly homeless adults

concerning Healthy Foods and Wellness and Nutrition Education.

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AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Sesame Workshop Features Early

Childhood Center in New Oral

Health Outreach Program

Our Early Childhood Center is featured in an upcoming live action film

for Sesame Street’s multimedia, bilingual oral health initiative called

‘Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me,’ funded by Sam’s Club Giving Program and

MetLife Foundation. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization

behind Sesame Street, works in over 150 countries to help children reach their

highest potential. The initiative launched on March 1st. Sesame Workshop is also

providing our Early Childhood Center with ‘Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me’ outreach

kits to distribute to our children and families. For more information, visit:

sesamestreet.org/teeth.

SAVE THE DATE FOR

SPRING

FEVER!

APRIL 11, 2012

A GALA TO BENEFIT

LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

HONORING DIANA RONAN QUASHA & SYDNEY ROBERTS SHUMAN

CELEBRATING OUR 15TH YEAR OF DESIGNER DECORATED TABLES

UNDERWRITTEN BY ROLEX WATCH U.S.A.

DINNER & DANCING AT CIPRIANI 42ND STREET

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CELEBRATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

FALL ASSOCIATES

EVENT 2011

A

B

C

This year’s Fall Associates

Event to benefit Lenox

Hill Neighborhood

House, ‘Celebrate the

Neighborhood,’ was held

on Wednesday, November

30th. The event featured

a cocktail reception at the

Milly Boutique followed

by dinner and dancing

at the Union Club. Over

250 supporters gathered

to celebrate Lenox Hill

Neighborhood House and

usher in the holiday season.

The evening was co-chaired

by Whitney Douglass,

Heather and Andrew

Georges, Cindy and Stephen

Ketchum, Emily and Richard

Leonard, Kamie and Richard

Lightburn, Kathy and

Othon Prounis, Christopher

Spitzmiller, and Margot and

Randy Takian.

D

E

G

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H

K L M

F

J

A: Cindy Ketchum; Emily Leonard;

Heather Georges; Mary Snow,

Board Member

B: Kasper & Shirin Christoffersen

C: Mark Gilbertson, Michelle Smith

D: Diana Quasha, Board Chair;

Kirk Ressler; Julie Behr

E: Peter Regna; Barbara Regna;

Alberto Villalobos; Margot

Takian; Randy Takian, Board

Member

F: Lindsey Harper, Brent Winston

G: Bettina Mirsepahi

H: Supporters enjoying the Cocktail Party

I: Kristen Fealy, Stephen Fealy,

Caroline Coleman

J: Sebastian Varney, Christopher

Spitzmiller

K: Marc Biron, Anna Skjevesland

L: Doug Steinbrech, Leslie Stevens

M: Kathy and Othon Prounis

N: Kristen Swenson, Board Member;

William and Heather Vrattos

O: Andrew Oshrin, Michelle Smith

P: Robert Lindgren, Ifeoma and Benedict

Aitkenhead

Q: Margot Takian, Elise Lelon,

Whitney Douglass

R: Meredith and Becky James and friends

S: Lorne Weil; Kathy Angele,

Board Member

T: Romaine Orthwein, Mary Van Pelt

U: Robert Douglass, Amy Hoadley,

John Richter

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CELEBRATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE BRUNCH AND

FASHION SHOW WITH REED KRAKOFF

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O

On November 29th, supporters gathered for a

brunch and fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue

to benefit Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Forty

friends of the Neighborhood House enjoyed a

preview of Reed Krakoff’s Spring/Summer 2012

collection and a seated brunch, as well as an

opportunity to meet the designer. Hosted by Ron

Frasch, President and Chief Marketing Officer

at Saks Fifth Avenue, the event began in Café

SFA and then moved to the newly opened Reed

Krakoff boutique for private shopping.

P

Q

A

B

R

C

D

E

Photos by: Ryan McCune for Patrick McMullan

S

U

T

A: Brunch

B: Shopping at Reed Krakoff

C: Diana Quasha, Board Chair

D: Suzanne Johnson, Saks Fifth

Avenue, Senior Vice President

E: Reed Krakoff, Designer

F: Reed Krakoff models

F

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IN THE COMMUNITY

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

and People with Disabilities

E

mergencies can pose added challenges for older adults and for people living

with disabilities. The Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was pleased

to host a City press conference and the public release of New York City’s new

emergency preparedness plan, ‘Ready New York for Seniors & People with Disabilities,’ which provides detailed

instructions on developing a disaster plan, assembling an Emergency Supply Kit and putting together a Go Bag,

as well as guidance on creating a support network, preparing for evacuation and sheltering in place. The plan was

presented by New York City Department for the Aging Commissioner Lillian Barrios-Paoli, Office of Emergency

Management Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno and former Mayor Ed Koch. To download a copy of the plan in nine

languages, go to www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/seniors_guide.shtml.

Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Opens

with New Year’s Party

T

he Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, one of the City’s eight new Innovative Senior Centers,

opened its doors to over 300 older adults for a New Year’s party on January 1st. Highlights of the party

included a live jazz band and giveaways for all attendees that included fresh clementines and reusable tote

bags designed for the occasion. The party also featured a healthy and hearty meal prepared by our new Executive

Chef Lynn Loflin. We served vegetarian chili with black beans and sweet potatoes, BBQ brisket, grits with cheddar

cheese, a salad with arugula, red leaf lettuce, radicchio, apples, celery, toasted pumpkin seeds and a fresh herb-

Dijon vinaigrette, caramelized brownies and an apple cranberry crisp.

Help Your Neighbors In Need!

For 118 years, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House has provided an extensive array of effective and integrated

services to fulfill our mission of strengthening individuals and families in need. Widely recognized as one of

New York’s premier nonprofit organizations, we offer the very best in life-changing services to 20,000 people

in need who depend on us 365 days a year.

Your gift to the Annual Fund makes a very real difference in the lives of the people we serve. With your

donation, you will help save a family from eviction, provide care and social activities for an older adult living

with Alzheimer’s disease, help recent immigrants learn English, provide counseling sessions to a preschooler

with special needs, support weekend transportation for homebound seniors, fund meals for homeless women

and more.

Please join us in helping our struggling neighbors. To make a gift, please use the reply envelope, donate online

at www.lenoxhill.org or call Nora Tarr at 212 744-5022, ext. 1226 to see how you can make a difference.

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AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Expanded Case

Management Services

for Seniors

L

enox Hill Neighborhood House has expanded

its case management services for frail and

homebound seniors to include the work of United

Neighbors of East Midtown (‘UNEM’), our longstanding

partner who helped us found the Senior Center at Saint

Peter’s Church. Established in 1985, UNEM’s mission for

more than 25 years was to encourage and assist seniors

living in Community District 6—the East Side of Manhattan

from 14th Street to 59th Street—to live independently and

in their own homes. Their case management work was

widely recognized as outstanding.

UNEM, like many nonprofits, struggled in recent years with

decreased funding. Recognizing that their mission was

is danger and that their clients were in jeopardy, UNEM

approached the Neighborhood House to discuss how

the critical services they provide to frail and homebound

seniors could be maintained and, hopefully, expanded

within the broader Neighborhood House organization.

In December, the Neighborhood House took over all

of UNEM’s clients and has integrated them into the

Neighborhood House’s much larger case management

program which helps more than 1,400 seniors every year.

As part of this strategic reorganization, the Neighborhood

House was able to maintatin these vital services for seniors,

while doing so at a much lower cost per client. Lenox Hill

Neighborhood House was also pleased to welcome two of

UNEM’s staff in December, including Joan Mintz, UNEM’s

former Executive Director.

CAREfree Operetta,

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

I

n 2001, the CAREfree Operetta Company was

created in response to the request of CARE program

members who wanted to sing songs from famous

musicals. CARE is our social adult day program for seniors

living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive difficulties.

Dr. Warner, a pianist, introduced them to our “operetta,”

where each member could play a part, regardless of any

dementia-related limitations.

On December 7th, the CAREfree Operetta Company

presented its fourth show, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. The

CAREcruise Line invited CARE members’ family and friends

on board the HMS Hava Nagila to join a colorful group of

passengers eager for a good time. The destination didn’t

matter. The ship was full of entertainers including divas,

musicians and world-renowned cabaret stars. The story

centered on a young stargazer named Esmeralda who was

on a mission to find love, inspiring other passengers around

her. The performance included sing-along songs, dancing,

acting and a presentation of the participants’ art work.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea would not have been

possible without the collaboration with the pianist and

CARE program consultant, Alexandra Fredericks; Lenox

Hill Neighborhood House Visual and Performing Artist

Chad Hammer; student interns from CUNY’s Applied

Theatre Studies Program; and student interns from NYU’s

Creative Arts Therapy Program, together with guest

performers and, of course, the Vision of CARE’s director

Elizabeth Hartowicz and CARE program members, staff

and volunteers.

LEGAL DIRECTOR FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES

Carolyn Silver, our Director of Legal Advocacy and Organizing, was featured in the New York Times on December

4th for her work with Philip Thomas, who faced eviction from his studio apartment after a series of medical

crises, including the death of his wife, devastated his family. With legal representation from Carolyn and a $1,000

grant from the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund which we administer, Mr. Thomas was able to work out an

agreement allowing him and his son to remain in their home on East 83rd Street.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

RealArts Final Bow Performance

Children in our RealArts After School Program presented original work created

during the Fall Session in our auditorium on December 8th. Performances

featured original drama and dance pieces, a Photoshop collage, visual art exhibits,

an original film and musical presentations, an original theatrical presentation called

‘Trouble at the Watering Hole,’ an original dance and drumming piece called ‘Migration’

and a Photoshop montage by the 3-D Digital Animation group called ‘Animals on the

Great Plains.’

20 Children from Southern

Mexico Attend

Early Childhood Center

MEXICO

USA

GULF OF MEXICO

Our Early Childhood Center has partnered this

year with Little Sisters of the Assumption Family

Health Service, a community-based organization

in East Harlem. In September, twenty four-year-olds from

families engaged by Little Sisters joined our Center; most

of their families had emigrated from Puebla and Guerrero

PUEBLA

GUERRERO

in southern Mexico and are living in East Harlem. A few speak Spanish, but many speak the indigenous languages

Mixteco and Nahuatl as their primary languages. Some of the parents are now enrolling in our English for Speakers

of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, while their children attend our NAEYC-accredited full-day program.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

INTERNATIONAL LUNCHEON

Our Early Childhood Center hosted their annual

International Luncheon on November 16th, a feast

celebrating the diverse cultural backgrounds of

Center families and the holiday season. Parents and

family members prepared dishes representing their

myriad cultures and countries of origin and came

together in our auditorium to enjoy the delicious

food and festive music. Countries represented at

this year’s luncheon included Mexico, Guatemala,

China, India, the Dominican Republic, Malta, Albania,

Senegal and Egypt, among others.

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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

Second Sundays

Performance Series

April 15th (third Sunday due to Easter)

Young People’s Chorus of NY

Young People’s Chorus of NY

Recipients of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities

Youth Program Award

Choral music by the internationally-acclaimed chorus

May 20th (third Sunday due to Mother’s Day)

MINBUZA

Minbuza

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

Japanese traditional folk dance and music that highlights

the culture and history of Japan and the spirit of the

Japanese people

Frank Dunham

Frank Dunham, our Senior Mechanic, has worked at the Neighborhood

House for more than nine years. With a background in construction and

high-end carpentry, Frank improves our facilities with his carpentry,

roofing, painting, plumbing and electrical expertise. Frank’s favorite part about

working at our diverse settlement house, in addition to enjoying spending time

with his great team in our Facilities Department, is seeing the children in our

Early Childhood Center every day. He loves improving our classrooms, where

the children call him “Frankie.”

Community Theatre

On November 3rd, our Community Theatre kicked off its 12th season

with its annual one-act production, ‘Play, Dare, Chaperon.’ It

included three short plays written by members of our community

and ran from November 3rd-6th. Directed by Lynne Mold, Director of Visual

and Performing Arts, the performances starred seven women including our

own Director of Foundation Relations, Robin Jacobson. The Community

Theatre season continued in February with two Theatre Thursday Original

Reading Series presentations.

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Senior Center at

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Women’s Mental

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T: 212 570 1461

LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honorary Chairs

Mrs. Felix G. Rohatyn

Mrs. Sydney Roberts

Shuman

Chair

Diana Ronan Quasha

President

Thomas J. Edelman

Vice Presidents

Gary A. Beller

Christy Pennoyer

John Rosselli

David M. Wirtz

Secretary

Helene H. Tilney

Treasurer

Juan A. Sabater

Members

Raj Alva

Kathy Angele

Nancy S. Baker

Margery Baker-Riker

Mal L. Barasch

Wendy Cebula

Clo Cohen

Thompson Dean

Eva Dillon

Helene D. Goldfarb

Mrs. Martin Gruss

Amabel B. James

Mark J. Kimsey

John H. Manice

Elizabeth P. Munson

Guy G. Rutherfurd, Jr.

Mary Snow

Kristen Swenson

Randy Takian

Charles S. Warren

Hedi H. White

Bunny Williams

Judith M. Zabar

Honorary Members

Christopher J. Elkus

Albert Hadley

Renée Landegger

Guy G. Rutherfurd

Executive Director

Warren B. Scharf

WINTER 2012 Newsletter

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