Selfhelp greeted the new century with the initiation of a comprehensive organizational planning process that resulted in adoption of programmatic initiatives designed to reflect ongoing commitment to the growing needs of Nazi victim clients, respond to the baby boomer generation as it approaches senior status, and develop innovative methods to address the diverse health, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of seniors in the New York area.
As part of home care's ongoing efforts to respond to client needs, the CHHA expanded its client base to include individuals being served by other Selfhelp programs, regardless of diagnosis. In Queens, a sixth apartment building for the elderly was built and fully occupied and extensive renovations significantly upgraded senior center facilities at several sites. In 2002, a legal resources program was implemented to provide training and consultation to social workers, assist clients with legal issues, and provide elder law education to seniors and their adult children.
In July 2003, Selfhelp publicly launched a $12 million capacity-building campaign to support Nazi victim programs, quality of life services, infrastructure development, home care education, and specialized needs of housing and senior centers. A new geriatric care management program, Selfhelp Senior Source,was also initiated in that year.
In 2004, thanks to significant funding from the Weinberg Foundation and matching donors, we were able to initiate an innovative program for our home health aides, designed to give them mentoring support to enhance their job satisfaction and success and the opportunity to embark on a career ladder leading to upwardly mobile professional careers in nursing.
During this period, Selfhelp has been singled out and honored by both UJA-Federation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and our relationships with those prestigious groups continue to grow stronger. We were also one of a small number of organizations selected by an anonymous donor in both 2004 and 2005 to receive unrestricted grants of $100,000 through the Carnegie Corporation in recognition of our mission and our service to the people of New York City.
Today, we are moving toward our 70th anniversary with an ongoing commitment to the vision of our founders and renewed dedication to the preservation of independence and dignity for the most vulnerable among us. Initiatives recommended by our Board of Directors and currently being implemented include: preparation for even more acute needs as our Nazi victim population ages; incorporation of cutting edge technology into our home care, housing, and social services to enhance the effectiveness of our care and our clients' quality of life; and the development of a comprehensive initiative that will provide compassionate services and knowledgeable guidance to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and the family members who care for them.
Although the components of our services have grown to meet changing times and changing client needs, we are proud to say in 2005, as in each of the 69 years preceding it, that Selfhelp Community Services is an organization whose hallmark and history continue to be defined by Caring for Generations. – less – More from ZoomInfo »