University Settlement Expands Older Adults Services to Max Meltzer Center

Aug 26, 2015 |

University Settlement is pleased to announce the expansion of services for older adults with the addition of the Max Meltzer Senior Center, located on the Lower East Side. Previously operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Meltzer Center will become our fourth site with programming specifically for older adults.

University Settlement was chosen by NYCHA to lead programming at Meltzer based on our expertise in providing high-quality, creative care to seniors in New York City for many years, as well our long-standing roots with the community in the Lower East Side. Just two blocks from our Neighborhood Center at 189 Allen Street (co-located with the Rafael Hernandez Houses), many Meltzer residents are already members of the University Settlement family.

"University Settlement has been providing support for older adults for more than 40 years at the Neighborhood Center. With the expansion of services at the Houston Street Center and Village View, we can see as many as 2,600 older adults a year. We pride ourselves on having a strong relationship with our entire community for these many years, and that includes Meltzer. We're really looking forward to expanding that relationship – seeing more of their residents and helping them lead healthy, exhilarating lives," said Michele Rodriguez, University Settlement's Director of Older Adults Programming.

The Center will be run by one full-time, multilingual licensed master social worker (LMSW), who will provide care assistance, home visits, telephone reassurance, referrals, and crisis intervention. Meltzer will also have a full-time, bilingual program assistant to engage interested participants with new classes, activities, and events; participants will also have access to nutritious, low-cost meals. As part of our integrated multi-site neighborhood campus – known as LEARN, Longevity through Education, Art, Recreation and Nutrition - the Meltzer Senior Center members can take advantage of our senior-focused classes at the Houston Street Center and Neighborhood Center, and have access to a wide array of mental health and wellness programming that we've integrated across all of our work with older adults through the LEARN model.

"We are grateful for the opportunity the Department for the Aging and NYCHA have given us, and we are confident we will live up to our mission of ensuring that all older adults are healthy, independent, connected, and a vibrant part of their community," said University Settlement's Executive Director Melissa Aase.

The Meltzer Senior Center is located at 94 East 1st Street on the Lower East Side. Questions regarding our older adults programming can be sent to Michele Rodriguez, at

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