Caring for Our Most Honored Community Members
This separate division of SBH specializes in addressing the needs of our community’s growing elderly population and those who care for them. Our goal is to create a resource center for all forms of senior care, carried out by our trained professionals and volunteers. All our services and programs are free of charge and available to any community member 60+.
Raymond Sultan a”h Young at Heart
Excitement fills the air every other Tuesday as our seniors and volunteers get together to socialize and interact in a warm and vibrant atmosphere. The senior home on Kings Highway and East 3rd Street has been hosting this program for over a decade, inviting in a group of dedicated community women and a class of yeshiva students to share stories, laughter, and delicious homemade lunch.
Flowers For Widows Program
Ralph S. Tawil a”h Senior Programs
Seniors enjoy a variety of social, educational and charitable activities throughout the year. This includes our Golden Girls monthly program, our bi-weekly Knitting Club, holiday parties on Hanukkah and Purim, lectures and seminars on senior-related topics, and our tech support classes.
Shirley & Mike Mamiye Senior Resource Center
At the hub of our division is the Shirley & Mike Mamiye Senior Resource Center, a “help desk” service to anyone making inquiries about senior-related services. Through case management we can coordinate an individualized plan of care. We give referrals to geriatricians, home healthcare agencies, mental health professionals, physical and occupational therapists, rehab facilities and nursing homes. Seniors can also receive a home safety assessment by one of our trained staff members.
Ralph & Gloria Harary Home Visitation Program
At the foundation of our organization is our dedication to “bikur holim.” Our division offers an array of visiting opportunities to those on the giving or receiving end. All volunteers undergo a training session, and in turn make senior visits to private homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. Our newly revamped phone reassurance service offers an additional way to keep in touch with our seniors.
Caregiver Support Group
While the bulk of our programming is aimed towards the senior population, we would be remiss to overlook their caretakers and those who ensure their wellbeing. In this vein, we have an ongoing support group for all those caring for an aging loved one. We encourage all those in need to come speak with our licensed social worker and be a part of a community of people who know what you are going through.
Shabbat Hallot in memory of Diane Azrak a”h
Every Friday for over 20 years, SBH’s Youth volunteers have delivered over 100 beautiful hallah packages to the elderly. Often the deliveries are followed by a short visit with the senior. For many seniors, this is a consistent highlight in their week – opening their doors to see smiling faces, fresh hallah, and a warm “Shabbat shalom” greeting.
Government aid for senior citizens is vast, and many are often unaware of the free help they could be receiving from the government. Applications and procedures can appear complicated and difficult, but SBH can help simplify and execute the process. Our staff brings a tremendous amount of knowledge in the area of government funding, and our support and guidance can be stress-relieving and life-saving. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones receive the best aid possible, including assistance with health insurance, Medicare, home care, HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), Medicaid, rehab referrals, Social Security, food stamps, SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Income Exemption), and more.
In partnership with Quality Healthcare, if you are 60+ you can call 800-203-0271 for a free medical consultation.
Elder Abuse Helpline
In conjunction with MHR’s Courage to Heal abuse helpline, anyone can call to talk to a professional about suspicions of neglect or physical, verbal, and financial abuse. For anonymous reporting, use the confidential line at 718-787-0009.
“ This is the first time I got out of my house in two months. G-d bless you. ”
– SBH Senior Day Participant
“ What can I say about the fabulous program you put on at the end of the summer in Deal? That the music was great, the food delicious, the volunteers amazing… It was all of that, and more! My mom had come to visit me in Deal for several days, and I told her we would attend this program. She was hesitant –“Would I know anyone there? You’ll come with me, yes?” I told her not to worry. Everything that the Senior Division has done has been extraordinary, and I knew this program would be no exception. What I really want to convey to you is the impact of your efforts went way beyond those few hours of programming. My mom was transported to her youth through the music, she loved the lunch, she enjoyed the company of her tablemate. And as we drove back to Brooklyn that afternoon, she said she felt “lighter and better” than she had in a long time. It is two weeks later — she’s still talking about it — and her face brightens when she remembers the event. What you are doing for the seniors isn’t only for the seniors. It is also for us, their children and families. We also reap the benefits of your work, and it is important that you know this, and that you know how much it is appreciated. ”
“ The community work that you do is unbelievable and you cannot imagine how important and dear you all are to me. I consider you all my grandchildren and I pray to Hashem that He give you everything you ask, for this mitzvah that you do for me. You are so beautiful. This means so much to me. G-d bless you. ”
-Speech delivered by woman on her 91st birthday party, organized by the SBH Youth Committee