Through in-home visits and creative programs that build vital social connections in person, over the phone and within the community, DOROT has been improving life for older adults age 60+ in Westchester County for more than a decade. A majority of our Westchester offerings take place in seniors’ homes. A member of our social work team will visit with each older adult who wishes to participate in these specific programs. Our skilled social workers are proud to also provide vital support to older adults who join our programs.
DOROT Westchester is funded in part through the US Department of Health and Human Services — Administration on Aging (AOA), New York State Office for the Aging, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.
Friendly Visiting has been a core program of DOROT since our inception. It continues to be one of our most impactful programs for older adults seeking to make new friends and enjoy engaging activities in their home. DOROT social workers expertly match volunteers with older adults in Westchester – based on shared interests and geographic convenience – for weekly or monthly visits.
Holiday Package Deliveries
This signature DOROT program connects older adults with volunteers in celebrating the season! Three times each year, DOROT Westchester arranges for nearly one hundred older adults to receive special holiday or other packages and enjoy hour-long visits from volunteers in their homes. It’s a unique opportunity to share stories, memories and companionship. These programs take place on Sunday mornings.
Shabbat Shalom (at Home)
Shabbat Shalom Westchester is about volunteers of all ages celebrating Shabbat with older adults in their homes. The program is offered four times per year – seniors can participate once or every time –and are sure to find the experience very meaningful. Volunteers make their visits before Shabbat, bringing challah and grape juice with them for the visit.
Intellectual growth and lively discussions are lifelong pleasures – available to seniors from the comfort of home. Older adults need only a phone to join our vibrant community of lifelong learning and friendship. Our interactive teleconference programs help participants explore art and culture, discuss the news, gain practical advice on health and find support among peers. Classes are small to encourage discussion.
This is an opportunity for older adults and youth to share their love of chess! DOROT’s Intergenerational Chess Program brings high school students together with older adults to learn from and engage with one another. Become part of this meaningful community service program, which takes place weekly during the academic year at The Leffell School.
Social connections are a vital part of life but, for older adults who live alone, they can also be an important lifeline. Seniors who participate in DOROT’s Telephone Friends are matched with volunteers for weekly friendly phone calls that enrich their lives. It’s true: special bonds can be forged over the phone!
Legacy Projects give elders the opportunity to share their life stories through narrative, art and photography. DOROT connects seniors with volunteers who visit them at home to capture memories, words of wisdom, photos and more in one-on-one oral history-type projects. Each project is unique and presented in a range of formats reflecting individual preferences.
DOROT is excited to create new community programs for older adults in Westchester County. Special one-time activities and multi-session workshops are being planned, all with a focus on creative aging and arts. For more information, call (914) 485–8354 or e-mail us.