The Catholic Charities Riverway Innovative Senior Center officially opened on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The official opening was part of a ribbon-cutting for the Riverway Apartments located at 230 Riverdale Avenue in the community of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Partners on the project included Sydelle Knepper of SKA Marin, the New York City Department for the Aging and the Calvary Church of God, as well as local legislators.
Riverway Apartments is a new seven-story affordable housing development with 115 units. In addition to the residential portion, the development also includes a private landscaped courtyard, indoor parking, rooftop terrace and a community room. The 9,660 square-foot senior center provides onsite supportive services provided by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as well as the Calvary Church of God in Brooklyn. This will include hot meals as well as a number of programs and social and multicultural activities. It is the only Innovative Senior Center in Brooklyn to date.
“With our Catholic Charities Riverway Innovative Senior Center, we are happy to be able to have a strong presence in the Brownsville community. We are delighted to have been able to work with such wonderful partners as Sydelle Knepper and SKA Marin, the New York City Department for the Aging, Pastor Hutchinson and the Calvary Church of God and our legislators. We are looking forward to reaching out further by expanding support and services to seniors and families in the Brownsville Community. I am very proud of our Catholic Charities staff who worked diligently in getting this project up and running,” Donna Corrado, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, OP, the Deputy Executive Director of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens spoke at the ribbon-cutting, joining a host of government agencies, elected and community leaders, SKA Marin, the Calvary Church of God, and the NYC Department for the Aging.