Snapshot of DOROT Programs
DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals. Our work provides an effective model for others.
In recognition of donors who have provided outstanding support for DOROT’s programs and services, the agency has dedicated seven major centers whose names express the agency’s gratitude in perpetuity.
Murry Fiderer Center for Community Services
Harriet S. Zucker Center for Nutrition and Health
Belle Abramson Center for Volunteer and Educational Services
Gimprich Center for the Generations
Sylvia and Chester Kessler Center for Homeless Services
Sirota Center for Intergenerational Arts
The Merrin Institute at DOROT
Friendly Visiting matches volunteers with seniors for weekly visits, nurturing long–lasting friendships by bringing generations together to share ideas, mutual interests, and experiences.
Holiday Package Deliveries provide traditional foods and volunteer visits to seniors.
Kosher Meals for the Homebound delivers nutritious frozen kosher meals each week to seniors who are unable to shop or cook for themselves.
Emergency Meals provides meals to elders in urgent need, and the Lillie Schussheim Chaffkin Shabbos Meals program delivers freshly cooked meals in celebration of Shabbat.
Door to Door provides trained Travel Companions to escort seniors to medical appointments, on shopping trips, or for a walk in the park. For homebound elders, Travel Companions shop and perform errands.
Homelessness Prevention Program provides homeless elders with transitional housing, meals, counseling, case assistance,and relocation to permanent housing. Aftercare provides relocated clients with continued support in their new homes.
University Without Walls offers the homebound interactive educational courses, support groups, and holiday celebrations over the telephone. Its sister telephone program, To Your Health, enables seniors to learn more about their health concerns from professionals in the health care field. Russian University Without Walls serves Russian–speaking seniors. Caregivers’ Connections offers teleconference workshops, information, and support groups to caregivers of the elderly.
The Resource Line provides seniors, their families, and the public with information, guidance, and referrals to DOROT and other organizations serving seniors and caregivers.
Wellness Program for Seniors offers exercise, nutrition, and wellness classes on–site at DOROT.
Thanksgiving Banquet and Meal Delivery celebrates the holiday by hosting elders at a festive banquet and offers homebound seniors Thanksgiving meals delivered by volunteers who stay for a visit.
Cemetery Visits are scheduled during the summer, when DOROT arranges transportation and organizes volunteers to escort seniors to cemeteries throughout the greater metropolitan area.
Hand–in–Hand brings seniors and volunteer escorts together to appreciate and explore the arts. From museum visits to on–site chamber music concerts, DOROT provides opportunities to enjoy a variety of arts programs in intimate settings.
DOROT Westchester provides Friendly Visiting; Holiday Package Deliveries; Shabbat Shalom Westchester; University Without Walls; Caregivers’ Connections; Information, Referral & Case Assistance; Telephone Friends; and Youth Volunteer Programs. For more information, please call 914–522–7315.
Volunteer Services offers customized volunteer opportunities to maximize the special talents, abilities, availability, and personal interests of volunteers. At the same time, DOROT identifies the interests, needs, and personal preferences of the elderly, with the goal of matching volunteers and seniors for mutually beneficial relationships.
Youth Volunteer Services brings the generations together through a variety of programs that emphasize friendship, shared interests, and the infinite capacity of people of all ages to learn from each other. Programs include shopping for the homebound, holiday and birthday visits, computer training, oral history projects, mentorships, card making, and other arts programs. DOROT also offers service-learning opportunities for youth.
The Merrin Institute at DOROT fosters replication and adaptation of DOROT’s intergenerational and volunteer programs, creates networks, initiates dialogues, and champions effective practices for serving seniors in their communities.
The Gimprich Fellowship and Internship Program provides training for students (high school through post–graduate) and professionals from diverse disciplines who work with the elderly.
To learn more about DOROT’s programs and services for seniors or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call 212–769–2850 or contact us online.