Find Aid for the Aged, Inc.

aka Project FIND   |   New York, NY   |  www.projectfind.org

Mission

Project FIND’s mission is to provide low- and moderate-income and homeless seniors with the services and support they need to enrich their lives and live independently.

Ruling year info

1970

Executive Director

Mr. David Gillcrist

Main address

160 West 71st Street Suite 2F

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

13-2666921

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

Congregate Meals (K34)

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Supportive Housing

Project FIND's three supportive housing residences provide safe, permanent, affordable housing to people who were formerly homeless or living in sub-standard quarters. Social services are integrated into every aspect of our programs. Many of the people who live in our residences have persistent and serious medical problems. Although people can be as young as 55 to qualify for housing at our residential buildings, the actual age distribution is skewed towards seniors between the ages of 73 and 85. Negotiating medical care and interpreting medical information are a constant fact of life for older adults. After a serious ailment, a resident may require the help of health aides to continue living in one of our buildings.

Social workers on-site at our residences and centers provide counseling, case management and other support. Homeless seniors have access to showers in our Woodstock Senior Center, and are encouraged to participate in our activities and start the process of finding housing assistance.

Population(s) Served

At Project FIND's four Senior Centers, we provide thousands of older adults on Manhattan's West Side with a great variety of activities, all designed with the goal of healthy aging. Center members are encouraged to be physically active, and we offer them many ways to keep moving: classes in yoga, strength training, salsa, tai chi, martial arts, qigong, and walking clubs. Some of our seniors are frail and recovering from strokes or surgery. Others are very fit.

In addition to general fitness classes, we offer activities such as gardening, knitting, and art classes that help maintain and improve fine motor coordination. Brain aerobics, chess, computer classes, writing circles, and discussion groups keep people mentally active.

Many older Americans live alone, yet the benefits of socially engaging with other people are well known. People find companionship in our classes, meals, and activities such as parties, movies, board games, and sing-alongs.

Access to regular nutritious meals is another core service. Roughly 215,000 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served annually at our four centers. Services are available to anyone 60 years of age or older, and meal and activities contributions are voluntary.

Population(s) Served

Project FIND's Homeless In-Reach Program (HIR) has been operating since the late 1990’s and provides assistance to those homeless older adults who come to the Woodstock Hotel on West 43rd Street seeking a hot shower, change of clothes and free meal at our senior center. For homeless seniors, many of whom suffer from mental illness, the chance to take a hot shower and receive clean clothing is a great attraction. Many have also spent much of their adult lives on the street and are resistant to assistance or social interaction. The main objective of the program is that once the older adult comes in and engages with us for those preliminary services, the door will then be open for them to begin a dialogue with HIR staff about receiving case assistance and developing goals to get placed in housing.

The beauty of HIR is that it is not only collocated with our senior center but HIR participants may also receive free on-site medical and mental health services. The 10th floor clinic operated by NYU-Lutheran Family Health Center has a part-time physician who visits the HIR program once a week. HIR serves between 100-150 clients per year and has an impressive 35% housing placement success rate.

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Find Aid for the Aged, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Traylor

Richman Housing Resources

William Traylor

Richman Housing Resources

Barbara Fife

Baruch College, CUNY (retired)

Daniel L. Parcerisas

Community Preservation Corporation

Jane Silverman

JP Morgan Chase

David Gillcrist

Project FIND

Ivan D. Armstrong, Jr.

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Joseph Camerata

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Constance Tempel

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