Social Services

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We are standing by your side.

 

The Center is here to respond, support, and provide for the unique needs of our community. Our Social Services department has touched the lives of our members, at every age and at every stage, through our carefully crafted programs and services.

Some programs we provide are:

  • Health and Wellness Seminars
  • Workshop Events
  • Special Events (holidays, celebrations, and more)
  • Social Clubs
  • Support Groups
  • Brain Works

Our cutting-edge Brain Works program creates a safe and familiar space where people with early-stage memory loss learn how to enhance focus and concentration in an upbeat, recreational, and social setting. We also offer confidential short-term counseling and referrals to specialty services.

Transportation to and from the Center is available for seniors and people with disabilities.

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Altoon Tunie Sutton Endowment Fund

Providing support for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other forms of dementia are increasing and affecting many members of our community. The Center has various programs that can provide help with this heartbreaking illness, including Brain Works, an on-going social programs for those affected by dementia. Lead facilitator, Tally Grazi, creates a nurturing atmosphere filled with upbeat group activities that engage each participant at his/her best capability. We offer caregivers support groups and educational programs with experts who provide invaluable information for managing the difficult financial, emotional and behavioral challenges of this illness.

You can help the Center to continue and expand our invaluable and much needed services. Donations may be made to the Altoon Tunie Sutton Endowment Fund in the name of loved ones you wish to honor or those whose legacy you wish to remember.

The Altoon Tunie Sutton Endowment Fund was established by Marily Chira to honor the legacy of her beloved sister, Altoon Tunie Sutton, a community member who consistently gave to those in need and helped create the first caregivers support group at the SCC. This fund ensures in perpetuity the SCC’s commitment to provide supportive services for this population.

The more contributions received, the larger the endowment and the greater the proportion of funds available to meet the increasing demand for services.

Tax deductible contributions are payable to: SCC – Altoon Tunie Sutton Endowment Fund.
For more information, please contact Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 or click here to email her.

Staff

Linda Eber

Director Social Services

New Beginnings: Social Club for Widows

Join upbeat monthly gatherings to socialize with friends, hear presentations, and participate in discussions. Enjoy a light dinner while meeting with old friends and new.

Get involved & let us know your ideas for future programs!

If you’re interested in joining or have any questions, please contact:
Sally Shamah at 718-645-3239
Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 or email her at [email protected]

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Garden Club

Get in touch with nature.

Open to all skill levels, from experienced gardeners to those who want to get a “green thumb.” Join fun, hands-on gardening activities, learn about urban gardening for your own home, and to help keep the Center’s beautiful raised garden beds growing!

If you want to get involved or have any questions, please contact:
Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 or email her at [email protected]

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Men’s Club

Thursdays 1:00 PM
Socialize with old friends and new!
Join discussions, seminars, movies, ROMEOS (Retired Older Men Eating Out), and more!
Click here for this month’s schedule.

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Support Groups

Programs require a minimum number of participants.
Please call to RSVP and confirm program dates and times which may be subject to change.
Programs require a minimum number of participants. Please call to RSVP and confirm program dates and times which may be subject to change.

Caregiver Support Group

Intake interview is required before attending.
Share experiences and trade tips for managing the emotional and physical demands of caring for an ill loved one. Discuss meeting the challenges while nourishing yourself and preserving your own sense of wellness. Please call Linda Eber for more info.

Counseling For People Coping With Serious Illness Or Loss

Provided by the Ricky Haddad Memorial Foundation
The Ricky Haddad Memorial Foundation, in conjunction with the SCC Social Services Department, helps individuals afflicted with a serious illness, as well as their families, by providing confidential counseling services. After an initial session at the Center at no charge, you may be referred for up to 10 individual, couple or family counseling sessions (for a small co-payment). In the event a family has lost a loved one, we will offer a range of bereavement services.

Originally established by Sarah Haddad Cheney and her family in 1999 on the 20th Anniversary of the yahrtzeit of Ricky Haddad, it is our hope that this support will reassure and comfort individuals and their families during their difficult time. Please contact Sarah Cheney, Adelaide Khezrie, or Amy Sasson, or call Linda Eber, L.C.S.W. at 718-954-3154 at the SCC to make a confidential, initial appointment.

Brain Works: For People with Early Stage Memory Loss

Mondays & Thursdays
1:00-3:00 PM
Fee: $25 per session (billed monthly)
Transportation may be available upon request. An intake interview is required prior to attending the program. Please call Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 to schedule an appt. This program is made possible in part through the support of the Altoon Tunie Sutton Endowment Fund.

Brain Works is a unique program designed to meet the needs of people with early stage memory loss to enhance focus and concentration while maintaining an active, upbeat recreational and social setting. Our lead facilitator, Tally Grazi, creates a nurturing environment that engages participants in mentally stimulating exercises and fun group activities such as word games and brain teasers, table games, singing, dancing, arts & crafts, and exercise.

Door-to-Door Transportation, for your Convenience

As available, the Center’s handicapped accessible mini-bus may pick up older adults to bring them to and from Center programs and their homes. Our route is between Foster Ave and Ave Z, and between McDonald Ave and Ocean Ave.

For schedule information and to make a reservation on a first-come first served basics, please call in advance 718-627-4300.

Please click below to fill out the bus application.