DOROT understands how important it is for older adults to have access to their community for social engagement and essential needs. Our programs ensure they can safely and comfortably get out and about. With the help of staff and volunteers, DOROT assists seniors with limited mobility to meet everyday needs, and provides companionship to others who want to take advantage of what the city has to offer.
DOROT offers older adults confidence and security in meeting health and wellness appointments, shopping for groceries and running essential errands. Our unique Door to Door program provides trained, professional Travel Companions who will escort seniors to and from their appointments and provide support in between. Program participants find that this service has a major impact on their ability to live safely at home.
For more than 30 years, DOROT has been honored to support frail older adults in visiting the gravesites of loved ones. This is a profoundly meaningful and comforting experience for many DOROT elders. In late summer or early fall, our caring volunteers accompany seniors on these visits, providing emotional and physical support and helping to alleviate any anxiety they may be feeling.
Each year, our festive Thanksgiving Banquet brings hundreds of DOROT elders together for a Thanksgiving feast served by smiling volunteers. The event is always held the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, in a ballroom on the Upper West Side. The celebration includes a delicious meal of turkey with all the trimmings – with live entertainment and warm company, a special day for all!
Jewish Holiday Celebrations
DOROT partners with local synagogues to offer older adults High Holiday tickets for services and seats at communal Passover Seders. Call (212) 769-2850 or e-mail us.
DOROT elders enjoy companionship from volunteers of all ages as they embark on different adventures in New York City! It might be the Big Apple Circus, a Broadway show or a fascinating new museum exhibit. DOROT takes care of the planning, and generous donors make it all possible.
Days of Beauty
Looking and feeling one’s best on special occasions is important for everyone. Our Days of Beauty program provides a limited number of free beauty services to low-income DOROT elders, including hair styling and coloring, and manicures and pedicures. DOROT partners provide services in neighborhood salons or at home.