Showing posts with label Sirovich Senior Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sirovich Senior Center. Show all posts

Monday, April 20, 2020

Report: Housing facility for seniors on 12th Street is 'a ticking coronavirus time bomb'

The Washington Post published an investigative piece this past weekend examining the deplorable conditions at the single room occupancy (SRO) residence at 331 E. 12th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

The facility, above the Educational Alliance's Sirovich Center, which is currently closed, provides housing for formerly homeless single adults and veterans age 55 and up run by Volunteers of America of Greater New York, an affiliate of the national housing-focused nonprofit based in Alexandria, Va., and subsidized by government agencies.

Here's some content from the Post about the facility during the COVID-19 crisis:

According both to tenants and images viewed by The Post, sanitary conditions are poor, social-distancing has been lax and food is scarce. Residents described their situation as a ticking coronavirus time bomb, with even basic protective tools absent; never mind gloves and masks, there has not even been soap or toilet paper in the shared bathrooms.

On Saturday, their fears seemed to have been realized. A man, believed to be in his early 60′s, was found dead in his room by another tenant, according to a resident who was present on the site. An empty ambulance could be seen idling outside the building Saturday afternoon; by evening, it had been replaced by a city-morgue van. No cause of death was immediately available, but the man had been complaining of trouble breathing in recent days, said one tenant. He added that the man had not received any medical attention, and was seen as recently as Thursday mingling with other residents in the facility’s common area.

The Post notes that VOA-GNY runs it under a contract with the city’s Department of Homeless Services, and that the 92 rooms are "filled with former lawyers and veterans, stockbrokers and city workers, each with their own story of how they fell on hard times to end up here."

Though just one of what advocates say is a litany of problem spots in the New York area, the 12th Street SRO illustrates how coronavirus is endangering a whole class of people. The scene lacks the dramatic optics of a hospital lobby filled with patients on ventilators. But a closer look at its images — an elderly woman without food, a cancer patient deprived of basic cleaning necessities — tells both of the forsaken vulnerable in a besieged city and the people who have left them behind.

Joshua Goodman, a spokesperson for Kathryn Garcia, New York City's emergency food czar during the COVID-19 crisis, told the Post that the 12th Street SRO would now be moved to a new food-delivery program that will see residents receiving a four-meal box every other day.

A four-meal box did arrive for the residents on Friday afternoon.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Heads up about this week-long exhibit at Art on A Gallery

Art On A Gallery presents "Use Your Head," a ceramics project by the the participants of the Sirovich Center Ceramics Program.

The show opens tonight (the reception is 6-8) ... and will remain up through Saturday at the Gallery, 24 Avenue A near Second Street.

Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center, 331 E. 12th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue, offers a variety of programs, classes and activities for adults 60-plus.

And apologies for the late notice. Only learned of the exhibit this afternoon. Thanks Adriana for the tip!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Today: Holiday Gift Fair at the LES Girls Club; ceramics sale at the Sirovich Senior Center

Via the EVG inbox...from the Lower Eastside Girls Club

Join us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our Fair Trade & Girl-Made Holiday Gift Fair

Items for everyone on your list: Featuring hand made products from the Lower Eastside Girls Club and our sister partners around the globe.

Potholders, aprons, handcrafted soaps, jewelry, ornaments, dog and cat beds, cards, art, baby gifts and more, more, more…shop with us! And all for a good cause: girls and women worldwide.

Address: 402 E. Eighth St. at Avenue D.

Meanwhile, a reader shared this... Day 2 of the ceramics sale over at the Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue...

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Sirovich Senior Center is holding its Annual Flea Market Fundraiser on East 12th Street

From the EVG inbox via the Sirovich Senior Center, which serves nearly 300 low-income older adults, providing them with access to various activities, such as arts, education and exercise classes.

The Sirovich Senior Center is holding its Annual Flea Market Fundraiser, showcasing ceramics, sculptures, knitted clothing, and more handmade items created by older adult members. All money raised will go to support arts programming at the Center. Sirovich is one of three Educational Alliance senior centers and is funded in part by NYC DFTA and UJA Federation.

Dates & Times:
Friday, Dec. 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

331 E. 12th St., between First Avenue and Second Avenue
Sirovich Senior Center, Auditorium