Thanks to how community members voted in participatory budgeting last year, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens partnered with Commonpoint Queens Employment Hub to distribute 75 iPads to older adults in Woodhaven, Queens. During the distribution of the iPads, Commonpoint Queens and Catholic Charities set up the new tablets, so they were ready to use, allowing our older adults to stay connected to loved ones.
Since the pandemic, maintaining a virtual connection with family and neighbors has become an essential part of life. During this time, the older adults we serve transitioned from in-person group meetings at local Catholic Charities Older Adult Centers to virtual meetups.
Putting iPads in the hands of older New Yorkers not only provides entertainment and memory stimulation but connection to news and family. The new iPads keeps everyone connected, while participating in educational classes, physical activities and art classes online. Both teams also uploaded helpful resources and apps connecting the older adult community to city resources.
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For over 124 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, through its social services arm, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc., has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, older adults, and those struggling with mental illness. Since 1975, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation, the affordable housing developer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, has been transforming vacant land and buildings into affordable housing units and transforming the lives of individuals and families, and completed more than 4,450 units with supportive services for seniors, families, veterans and the formerly homeless. Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has provided much-needed food packages and services at 60 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and has distributed over $8.5 million in food assistance. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to deliver crucial mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education and COVID vaccines at a variety of locations. For more information, please visit www.ccbq.org.