For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Collin Nash, Sid Nathan, and Jason Elan
June 2, 2011 (516) 869-7794
Town of North Hempstead Announces Opening of Project Independence/Roslyn
Open House to be held June 24
Roslyn, NY—Chalking up another milestone on the road to regionalizing North Hempstead’s ambitious program designed to help seniors remain in their homes as long as possible, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Tom Dwyer and the North Hempstead Town Board announced the opening of the Project Independence Roslyn office, the fourth of a planned town-wide network of offices.
An open house at the new location, the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills, will be held on Friday, June 24 from noon to 3:00 pm.
“The planned opening of our fourth Project Independence location in the Town underscores our commitment to support our seniors whose contributions have helped make North Hempstead one of the best places to live in the country,” said Supervisor Jon Kaiman.
With North Hempstead’s—and indeed the nation’s—senior population growing exponentially, Supervisor Kaiman developed Project Independence three years ago to help support and empower seniors by providing an array of services through partnerships with government, service providers, businesses and the local community.
The new Roslyn office brings to four the number of Project Independence sites in the Town. Three other locations have been opened over the past year and a half: one at Clinton G. Martin Park, another at the Great Neck Senior Center and the other at the North Hempstead Senior Center in Port Washington.
The long-term plan is to establish eight Project Independence sites throughout the Town.
Project Independence is multi-faceted but it has one primary goal: help seniors live healthy, active and engaged lives as members of the community they choose to live in.
To accomplish that, the Town has partnered with social workers, health care professionals, spiritual leaders, community organizations and many others to help seniors and their families have easier access to available services and programs.
By simply dialing 311, a resident can connect with a Project Independence staffer, who will help them find answers to a particular question, track down information or tap into valuable services such as health screenings, immunizations and information about managing medications. Project Independence also offers caregiver support, social and recreational activities, support groups for those coping with illness, depression or loss, as well as volunteer opportunities.
The Town recently broadened the menu of offerings by introducing a free transportation service to designated area supermarkets as well as low-cost taxi rides for non-emergency medical visits.
First initiated as a pilot program in the New Hyde Park area, Project Independence is the first program of its kind to be established in a suburban setting.
Please call 311 for more information.
Project Independence members Otto and Bernadette Lohse garden outside their home.