We are proud to share our 2022 Report to the Community, Connecting the Dots.
You’ll meet four members of our Selfhelp family: Antony, Berty, Huntley, and Estelle.
Their backgrounds and stories are quite different, yet they share a common thread: the desire to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Thanks to Selfhelp’s comprehensive network of programs and services, we are helping to make that possible for each of them, along with over 25,000 older adults who rely on us each and every day. Selfhelp is there every step of the way – Connecting the Dots of care.
With 48 programs throughout the boroughs and Long Island, it’s no secret that Selfhelp’s services reach far and wide. But one may not realize how they seamlessly intertwine and connect with one another. The linkages between our plethora of programs and services enable us to offer our clients a complete continuum of care as they age, allowing them to remain independent in their own homes.
Seeking to improve his living conditions, 71-year-old Antony Yin moved to Selfhelp’s affordable housing in Queens with his wife five years ago. An active individual, Antony appreciates his home’s close proximity to Selfhelp’s Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Innovative Senior Center, where he participates in a variety of educational and wellness activities.
Older Adult Centers
Selfhelp operates seventeen affordable housing residences for 1,500 older adults, with four buildings in development. Selfhelp’s very first affordable residence, The Helen R. Scheuer House, was built in the 1960s to provide housing for aging Holocaust survivors.
Recent renovations and modernizations make it a wonderful place to call home for 175 older adults of diverse backgrounds, including Antony. With Julia, a social worker, based in the building to help residents, Antony feels well supported, and volunteers at the front desk as a way to give back.
A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor from Vienna, Berty Kreisler knows what it’s like to lose everything. Having endured the unthinkable as a child, Berty indeed deserves to live with comfort and dignity in her older years. With Selfhelp’s assistance, Berty lives a vibrant life on Long Island with the help of people who care.
Holocaust Survivor Program
Originally from Jamaica, Huntley Francis came to America in hopes of a better life. But as the years passed, Huntley fell on hard times, losing his live-in position in a rental building. Homeless, Huntley spent two long years in a Brooklyn shelter – that is, until he moved to Van Cortlandt Green, Selfhelp’s affordable housing residence in the Bronx.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE FORMERLY HOMELESS
SHASAM (Selfhelp Active Services for Aging Model)
91-year-old Estelle Price has lived in her Queens apartment for over 35 years. Once an active member of her local senior center, she regularly walked the mile route from her home to the facility to participate. But when a surgery left her homebound 12 years ago, Estelle turned to Selfhelp for support.
VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTER
Selfhelp’s four case
management programs provide
expert assistance to seniors in accessing benefits and entitlements, like emergency financial assistance, home delivered meals, and chore services. Being homebound, Estelle’s social worker arranged for her to receive Meals on Wheels. And during the pandemic, her social worker checked on Estelle regularly, offering assistance with anything she needed, including securing appointments for her COVID vaccines.
Selfhelp is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the independence and dignity of seniors and at-risk populations through a spectrum of housing, home health care, and social services and will lead in applying new methods and technologies to address changing needs of its community. Selfhelp will continue to serve as the “last surviving relative” to its historic constituency, victims of Nazi persecution.