New Destiny Family Success Center was awarded a grant from The Housing Authority of the City of Paterson to establish a Mobile Senior Success Center. The project incorporates values and philosophies of the Family Success Center Practice Profile which are collaborative, community-based, culturally responsive, family-focused, flexible, strength-based, voluntary, welcoming, and holistic in its service delivery process. Recognizing that seniors are very diverse in their needs, much more active and youth-focused, the New Destiny team implemented a flexible strategy in response to the PHA senior resident community.
Program ServicesThe Mobile Senior Success Center is designed to awaken inspiration, reduce isolation, and bring renewed hope to everyone regardless of age, mobility, or ability residing in Paterson Housing Authority’s Senior Resident Sites. Our Mobile Senior Success Center program provides various services available to meet the needs of our seniors. These services include providing information and referrals services to connect seniors with resources in the community, advocacy, as well as health prevention training on multiple topics. In addition, a unique aspect of the Mobile Senior Success Center was the integration of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who would be available at each site to conduct group therapy sessions and provide one-on-one consultations at no cost to the residents.
Special EventsThe Mobile Senior Success Center program develops educational, and recreational workshops aim to meet the needs our senior population that promote healthy aging and independent living. Some enrichment activities include but are not limited to:
- Health and Nutrition (Cooking classes, meal prep)
- Fitness (Zumba Gold, Salsa, Yoga, Line Dancing, etc.)
- Financial literacy (Banking and budgeting, Financial Empowerment, etc.)
- Social/ /Recreational (Ice cream socials, game nights, movie nights, karaoke, etc.)
- Arts and Crafts (Paint & Sips, crocheting, DYI projects, etc.)
- Life Skills (Emergency preparedness, Fall prevention, Fraud Prevention, self-care)
- Holiday Celebrations
- Outings (Turtle Back Zoo, Medieval Times).
We assist the 6 sites by designing monthly activities to meet the interests of our residents. The six senior sites have demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in the new approach to senior service deliveries.