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13 Apr, 2011 | News

Catholic Charities Social Worker Honored for Outstanding Work on Behalf of Seniors in Queens

Debbie Hoffer, Director of Field Operations for Catholic Charities Older Adult Services, was honored by the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, for her outstanding work on behalf of seniors in Queens.

(from l. to r.): Judy Kleve, Vice President for Older Adult Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; and Debbie Hoffer, Director of Field Operations for Older Adult Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
In the presence of many esteemed colleagues in the field, Debbie received the Evelyn Pliego Memorial Social Work Award at an award ceremony held at Queens Borough Hall on March 25th.

Debbie helps Catholic Charities manage 19 senior centers throughout Brooklyn and Queens, which serve over 8,200 older adults each year.  For many older adults, the Catholic Charities Senior Centers are a home away from home where they not only receive hot meals but participate in various activities that keep them young at heart.  Our senior centers offer recreational and multicultural activities, hot lunches, access to home delivered meals, entitlement counseling, crucial social services, and the necessary support so that older adults can continue to live in their homes and in their neighborhoods as they age.  Additionally, Catholic Charities distributes 1 million meals to the elderly and homebound each year.

“Debbie is a true resource to our Queens community for over 19 years,” shares Judy Kleve, Vice President for Older Adult Services. “She is an outstanding social worker who uses all her talents and energy to improve the lives of the elderly and the programs she works in. She is dedicated, caring and has great leadership ability. All who work with Debbie agree that she is an outstanding social worker and an outstanding person!”

The Catholic Charities Senior Centers are funded by the New York City Department for the Aging.

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