Frequently Asked Questions
›› What is DOROT?
›› What makes DOROT unique?
›› Whom does DOROT serve?
›› What programs and services does DOROT provide for the frail elderly?
›› Does DOROT offer programs and services to mobile seniors?
›› Are DOROT’s services available to all seniors?
›› Who are DOROT’s partners in the community?
›› Does DOROT offer volunteer opportunities?
›› What is the best way to contact DOROT?
›› How is DOROT funded?
What is DOROT?
Named with the Hebrew word for “generations,” DOROT is a dynamic partnership of professionals and volunteers dedicated to enhancing the lives of homebound and homeless elders and fostering friendship and respect between the generations. Since 1976, DOROT has provided food, companionship, education, and cultural enrichment to thousands of elderly New Yorkers and those who care for them. Located on New York’s Upper West Side, DOROT is a non–sectarian, culturally Jewish agency open to all seniors, caregivers, and volunteers. For more about DOROT, our history, and our mission, see About DOROT.
What makes DOROT unique?
DOROT is a collaborative institution, bringing together volunteers, seniors, and professionals with the goal of enhancing the lives of the elderly. This three–pronged approach enables DOROT to maximize staff resources and extend its reach far beyond what staff alone could do. Moreover, DOROT meets the practical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of seniors, caregivers, and volunteers. DOROT’s work ameliorating the social isolation of seniors and caregivers is a replicable model for communities and organizations.
Whom does DOROT serve?
DOROT’s core programs serve elders residing on Manhattan’s East and West Sides and in Westchester county. The Homelessness Prevention Program, located on the Upper West Side, provides homeless elders with temporary housing while we help them find and move into safe, affordable permanent housing. The University Without Walls teleconference program offers classes and support groups to people throughout the greater metropolitan area, upstate New York, Florida, and even Israel. Caregivers from the tri–state area participate in Caregivers’ Connections, which offers teleconference support groups. And DOROT’s Information and Referral service responds to thousands of inquiries each year from people from across the United States.
What programs and services does DOROT provide for the frail elderly?
DOROT offers a range of services that enable the frail and homebound elderly to age at home with dignity and independence. These include volunteer visiting programs, kosher meal deliveries, courses and support groups over the telephone, and holiday celebrations. Our programs incorporate an intergenerational theme that brings professional staff and volunteers of all ages together. For more information, see Programs for Seniors.
Does DOROT offer programs and services to mobile seniors?
DOROT provides on–site activities for seniors who do not have mobility challenges, including exercise and weight training classes, cultural events, and concerts. Seniors also take part in the Kol DOROT choral group, Senior Café, health-based support groups, intergenerational arts programs, and annual events such as DOROT’s “Senior Prom.” For more information, see Programs for Seniors.
Are DOROT’s services available to all seniors?
DOROT makes its services available to seniors regardless of gender, race, or religion. Most DOROT’s services are provided free of charge to the elderly and those who care for them. If we cannot meet an elder’s particular needs, we will provide a referral to the most appropriate services available.
Who are DOROT’s partners in the community?
DOROT works closely with many community partners, including area synagogues and houses of worship, and a host of community–based organizations, government agencies, and others, to reach out to elderly New Yorkers in need. For more information, see Partners.
Does DOROT offer volunteer opportunities?
Volunteers of all ages are the driving force behind DOROT’s programs. Through their personal contact with seniors, our volunteers help deliver vital services to the frail elderly and forge loving bonds between the generations. In the process, they reap a rich harvest of friendship, wisdom, and mutual appreciation. Volunteer opportunities include Holiday Package Deliveries, Friendly Visiting, reading assistance for the visually impaired, Shop & Escort, teaching seniors over the phone through University Without Walls, and serving meals at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program. To learn more, see Volunteer Opportunities.
What is the best way to contact DOROT?
If you are a senior in need of services, a family member of a senior, or a primary caregiver, you can contact DOROT at 212–769–2850 or visit Ask DOROT to inquire about our meal delivery program, our Information and Referral services, or any of our other services. Volunteers can also call 212–769–2850 or read more about our Volunteer Opportunities and register online.
How is DOROT funded?
DOROT is a not–for–profit, 501c (3) organization that receives funding from foundations, corporations, government agencies, charitable bequests, and through individual donations. Please see sources of support for more details. Approximately 82 cents of every dollar donated to DOROT goes directly toward program services.