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History

DOROT is the Hebrew word for “generations." In 1976, it inspired our founders to engage with their older neighbors.

The founders of DOROT, then recent graduates of Columbia University’s social work program, were pioneers in their approach to serving their older neighbors with the ultimate goal of alleviating social isolation.

Recognizing the plight of elderly hidden in their apartments on New York City’s Upper West Side, they began with regular visits and food deliveries. These young adults forged a loving bond between the generations, fulfilling the name they chose for our organization.

Since its founding, DOROT has achieved a reputation of excellence and innovation in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. Though we retain our Jewish roots, our reach has expanded to serve and welcome people of all faiths and cultures. Our programs – currently available in the city of New York and Westchester County – engage 10,000 seniors and volunteers annually. Volunteers of all ages offer critical resources to vulnerable older adults, in services specific to the person’s needs and interests.

Today, as we respond to the evolving issues of the growing population of older adults, DOROT remains committed to providing seniors with the opportunity to remain engaged and connected through exemplary programs and services.

OUR VISION

DOROT will be an innovative leader in mobilizing volunteers of all ages to improve the lives and health of the elderly, addressing the challenges of an aging society.

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR VALUES

JEWISH COMMUNAL RESPONSIBILITY

Affirming our commitment to honor the older members of the community, by bringing the generations together.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

Upholding the highest standards in all that we do.

COMPASSION

Connecting personally, with sensitivity and concern, to provide exceptional care.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Having a demonstrable impact in the lives of the people we serve.

INTEGRITY

Being worthy of the trust of all our constituents.

INNOVATION

Being dedicated to learning and to creatively addressing the evolving needs of the elder and volunteer communities.