A commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, March 11 at 12:00 Noon to celebrate the opening of the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center’s new location at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps building at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY.
The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center, which opened its doors at this new location on February 2, 2011, is presently one of eight Catholic Charities Senior Centers in jeopardy of being shut down due to the proposed budget cuts announced by the New York City Department for the Aging.
“Opening the Woodhaven Senior Center at this new location has been a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities, many of our elected officials in Queens and our seniors,” said Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “Everyone has been waiting a long time for this, especially our seniors. And they deserve to join us in celebrating this new location. We truly hope for a positive outcome so that all of our seniors can continue to have a place where they feel at home.”
Prior to February 2nd, the Woodhaven seniors had been temporarily transported daily by Catholic Charities to the Richmond Hill Senior Center after the space they were in could no longer be used by the program. The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center is open daily from Monday through Friday with a full schedule of activities, transportation services and lunch for all residents 60 years and older.
Catholic Charities and the seniors in Woodhaven are grateful to their legislators for making this move possible, including Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; State Senator Joseph Addabbo; Assembly Member Mike Miller; Assembly Member Mike Miller; Council Members Eric Ulrich, and Elizabeth Crowley. “Their support of the seniors of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill is outstanding. The legislators pooled their resources and worked hard to ensure that seniors had a new home in Woodhaven,” said Debbie Hoffer, Director of Field Operations for the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Older Adult Programs.
The Catholic Charities Senior Centers facing closure are:
GlenwoodSenior Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn
NorthsideSenior Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
St. CharlesJubilee Senior Center in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
The Bay Senior Center in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Narrows at the Lodge in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
SeasideSenior Center in Rockaway Beach, Queens
SteinwaySenior Center in Astoria, Queens