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19 Jul, 2019 | News

WEEKEND HEAT ADVISORY! Stay Cool at 9 Catholic Charities Senior Centers During Rising Summer Temperatures

Nine Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Senior Centers Will Serve as Cooling Centers ​throughout the Weekend to Help Residents Beat the Summer Heat

With this weekend's high temperatures and the heat index expected to reach over 100 degrees, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will open many of its senior centers to community residents throughout the weekend so that individuals can stay safe during the heat.

The following Catholic Charities senior centers in Brooklyn and Queens will be open as Cooling Centers during regular hours, with many having extended hours throughout this weekend.

CCBQ Senior Centers Fri  7/19

Open Until

Sat 7/20 Sun 7/21
Glenwood Senior Center 6PM 10AM – 4PM Not Open
Narrows Senior Center 6PM 10AM – 4PM 10AM – 4PM
Northside Senior Center 6PM 9AM – 5PM 9AM – 5PM
Pete McGuinness Senior Center 6PM 10AM – 4PM 10AM – 4PM
St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center 4PM 10AM – 4PM Not Open
Ozone Park Senior Center 4PM 9AM – 2PM Not Open
Bayside Senior Center 4PM 8AM – 4PM Not Open
Catherine Sheridan Senior Center 6PM 11AM - 4 PM  11AM – 4PM
Seaside Senior Center 6PM Not Open Not Open
Howard Beach Senior Center 5:30PM 10AM – 4PM Not Open

For addresses to a nearby Catholic Charities Cooling Center location, visit www.ccbq.org

Click here for tips on how to keep the frail and elderly safe during the extreme heat.

In response to the current heat emergency, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has stayed connected with the homebound elderly at risk or those who live alone by calling them twice a day to ensure their safety.

These vulnerable elderly usually live alone and have no involved caregiver who can check in on them and respond to an emergency. Case workers will continue to call hundreds of the homebound elderly from our Benson Ridge Senior Services and our Southwest Queens Senior Services into the weekend to offer any necessary assistance including transportation to cooling centers, emergency meals, emergency home care, and assistance in getting an air conditioner.

Catholic Charities staff will provide tips on staying safe and beating the heat taking into account whether the client has an air conditioner (and uses it), need for oxygen, nebulizer or other life-sustaining electrical equipment, multiple serious medical conditions, especially respiratory and cardiac, mental illness, and any history of self-neglect. Staff will continuously review to make sure there are no vulnerable elderly who are forgotten.

We also ask our home delivered meal staff to keep a watchful eye for any signs of heat illness.

Catholic Charities case workers will continue to call at-risk elderly throughout the weekend to ensure that they stay safe.

The Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Senior Centers and case management centers are vital in creating communities throughout Brooklyn and Queens serving over 8,700 older adults each year.  For many seniors, our 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, 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 Brooklyn and Queens distributes over 1 million meals to the elderly and homebound each year.

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For 120 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers nearly 160 programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, the developmentally disabled, and the mentally ill. Catholic Charities is also one of the largest faith-based providers of affordable housing in New York City, providing 4,330 units of housing for low-income seniors, families, and the formerly homeless, including 750 units of special needs housing, throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Visit www.ccbq.org.

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