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Coming of Age is a national program that began in 2002 in Philadelphia and has been replicated in a variety of cities across the country.
In 2010, Rimas Jasin, Executive Director of PSS, took the lead in establishing COA in New York. Working with Dick Goldberg, Director of the national office of Coming of Age, PSS soon found five innovative agencies to partner with it. These agencies had the vision to see both the need and the potential – as well as the leadership and courage to step up and take on this new project .
In the Spring of 2011, EmblemHealth came on board as the initiative’s Founding Sponsor. In the Fall of 2012, NYC Service awarded COA NYC special funding. Thanks to NYC Service and EmblemHealth’s generous support, Coming of Age: NYC is now positioned to help those 50+ explore their future and find ways to connect with their communities.
Spearheaded by PSS (Presbyterian Senior Services), the initiative consists of eight leading and diverse nonprofit agencies:
The Community Service Society’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program delivers much needed services throughout New York City to strengthen communities and increase civic engagement through volunteer service. Over 5,000 older adult volunteers (ranging in age from 55-101) provided more than 1,000,000 hours of service last year. In a response to meeting outstanding community needs, RSVP has developed several signature volunteer programs that assist New Yorkers in gaining basic money management skills and achieving financial security, mentor children of incarcerated parents and at-risk youth, provide benefit counseling to those in need, reduce the rate of recidivism by assisting the formerly incarcerated in removing barriers to gainful employment, and conduct workshops on disaster preparedness and citizen response.
JASA is one of the largest community-based, voluntary social service agencies serving the aged in the United States. Its mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy. Since 1968, JASA and its affiliates have provided social, recreational, health, cultural and educational programs for older persons, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity, to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life.
The National Executive Services Corps (NESC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional services firm offering high-quality and affordable management consulting, executive search, and financial outsourcing services to the nonprofit community. NESC is committed to strengthening the management of nonprofit organizations so that they can deliver more efficiently and effectively on their own missions. NESC’s expert consultants are known for organizational assessments; strategic and business planning; board development and governance; branding and marketing; capacity building; and, social enterprise, all tailored to the individual client. Since its establishment in 1977, over 2000 organizations have benefited -- some of them repeatedly -- from NESC’s teams of expert consultants. NESC is part of a national affiliate network of 28 other Executive Service Corps.
Founded in 1962, Presbyterian Senior Services is a multi-service agency encompassing seven senior centers, two senior apartments, a caregiver support program, and the Grandparent Family Apartments, the first residence of its kind in the US built specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren. The mission of PSS is to enhance the quality of life for older adults by keeping them healthy, engaged and connected, to provide support for those caring for an elderly family member or friend, and to aid senior relative and non-relative caregivers raising children. A leader in its field, PSS is highly regarded and trusted in the community. PSS benefits from NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) contracts, other state and local government grants, and support from foundations and the general community. PSS staff is passionate about providing high-quality human services to nurture and enhance the lives of those we care for.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues. In 2005, SAGE became the first official LGBT delegate at the White House Conference on Aging. In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation's only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Learn more at www.sageusa.org and www.lgbtagingcenter.org.
The Transition Network is a national nonprofit headquartered in NYC with a community of 7,000. We’re women fifty and forward from many professions, exploring “what’s next” in our professional and personal lives. Members connect through more than 70 small groups 40 programs each year for learning, friendship and engagement. Our book Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free blends TTN member experiences with expert “how to” advice.
United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is the membership organization of New York City settlement houses and community centers. Rooted in the history and values of the settlement house movement, UNH promotes and strengthens the neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need and the communities in which they live. UNH’s membership compromises one of the largest human service systems in New York City, with 37 agencies working at more than 400 sites to provide high quality services and activities to a half million New Yorkers each year. UNH supports its members through policy development, advocacy, and capacity building activities.