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Gramatan Village Launches Well Spouse Support Group and Solo Agers Club PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village


Jan. 9, 2019:  Gramatan Village is excited to announce two new programs that are free and open to the public, as well as for members, launching this January: the Well Spouse Support Group and Solo Agers Club.

The Well Spouse Support Group is intended for spouses and partners who have a loved one contending with a serious illness and/or dementia to provide peer support and education about the special challenges and unique issues facing well spouses on a daily basis. Individuals will be able to share their experiences in a compassionate and supportive environment. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 24, from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Gramatan Village office. Refreshments will be provided.

The Solo Agers Club will serve individuals who may be without a spouse/partner, without family, and without children. Gramatan Village will meet Solo Agers’ needs in a caring and supportive environment and we will discuss upcoming activities for 2019 and will focus on intentions for the new year. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Gramatan Village office. Refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Gramatan Village's executive director, Sherry Saturno, at 914-337-1338.

Gramatan Village is a nonprofit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love.


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 

 
Gramatan Village’s Volunteers Spread Holiday Cheer at Wartburg PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village


Jan. 9, 2018:  Gramatan Village, a nonprofit organization that supports empowered aging-in-community, has collaborated with the Volunteer New York! RISE program, which helps connect young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to volunteer projects where they can practice job-readiness skills. 

As part of this integrated service project, Gramatan Village and RISE volunteers worked together to create 144 festively wrapped holiday presents for residents in need at the Wartburg, a premier residential and health care facility in Mount Vernon. “We think a pair of socks wrapped, gifted, and delivered by a volunteer who cares is a lot more than just a pair of warm socks, it’s a warm memory and a way to feel connected. That’s what’s important,” said Gramatan Village’s executive director, Sherry Saturno, who participated in the event.

Gramatan Village and Volunteer New York! delivered the gifts to residents at the Wartburg’s Meadowview Assisted Living Facility, memory care unit, and adult day program on Thursday, December 20. The residents were excited to sing holiday carols together with the volunteers.

Gramatan Village and Volunteer New York! are delighted to participate in this act of community engagement and to have the opportunity to spread holiday cheer. “We are so thankful for our partnership with Gramatan Village. The generosity of their members and RISE program volunteers is sure to bring a smile to our residents this holiday season,” said Angela Ciminello, vice president of development and marketing at the Wartburg.

Gramatan Village is a nonprofit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love.

Photo courtesy of Gramatan Village


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
National Association of Social Workers Names Sherry Saturno National Expert on Aging PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Gramatan Village


Dec. 12, 2018:  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has named Gramatan Village’s executive director Sherry Saturno as one of its national experts in the fields of aging, caregiving, and mental health as part of its 1,000 Experts Initiative.

Sherry will assist the press, public, and policymakers who seek guidance on matters related to aging, caregiving, and mental health and will advise NASW on these topics. Sherry is a licensed clinical social worker and a diplomate in clinical social work. She and graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Founded in 1955, the NASW is the largest membership organization for social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. The NASW creates professional standards and advances sound social policies.

Pictured here: Sherry Saturno. 

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 





 
Gramatan Village Collaborates with Volunteer New York! on Giving Tuesday PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village


Dec. 5, 2018:  Gramatan Village, a nonprofit organization that supports vibrant and empowered aging, participated in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018, by collaborating with Volunteer New York!'s #Bridge2Give Giving Tuesday campaign.

On Giving Tuesday, people worldwide supported nonprofits by donating their time and resources. Gramatan Village recognizes and honors the critical work volunteers accomplish every day and operates with a team of caring volunteers who make our community brighter with their generosity and warmth.

Pictured here (L to R): Kathryn Urbina, Gramatan Village director of member services and programs; Sherry Saturno, Gramatan Village executive director; Patti Colombo, Volunteer New York! manager of RISE Program; and Wendy Armstrong, Volunteer New York!

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Senior Citizens Council and ECAP Provide Over 225 Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets to Area Families PDF Print Email

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By J. Murrer


Nov. 28, 2018:  On the Friday before Thanksgiving, nine members of the Senior Citizens Council ("SCC") made their annual trip to Costco to shop for food to give 25 families a hearty Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Each family received a turkey, potatoes, fruit, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, apple juice, pie, and whipped cream. The food is distributed through the Eastchester Community Action Program ("ECAP"), which is in Tuckahoe. 

The Thanksgiving tradition started almost 20 years ago when Audry Sullivan, the SCC chair, suggested that the council give turkeys to ECAP to distribute to families in need around the area. At that time, the council used a room for its monthly meetings at the Tuckahoe location and thought it would be a kind gesture to help out ECAP with its Thanksgiving program. After several years of buying only turkeys, it was decided that the SCC would buy everything for the families' Thanksgiving Day meal.

“I love organizing and providing the Thanksgiving baskets because in the true Thanksgiving spirit, we are helping less fortunate members of our community," said Loraine Mohan. "Bumpty McGrath and I have been chairing this for over ten years. Our team members have become experts at the process and it’s amazing how quickly we get in and out of Costco.”

SCC co-chairs Sheila Landsberg and Linda Nagle have also been part of this committee for many years. “This giving of Thanksgiving baskets right in the heart of my neighborhood feels the most rewarding," said Landberg. "I recognize some of my neighbors, who are truly grateful for what we do for them."

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Members of the SCC gather to assemble the Thanksgiving baskets at ECAP.

ECAP gave out more than 225 baskets of food this year to families in Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville. There are many organizations that donate to the food pantry at ECAP, which enables them to help so many families. Both the Tuckahoe and Bronxville senior centers have food drives in November requesting Thanksgiving food donations to put in the holiday baskets as well as area churches and other community supporters.

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Lillian Veneruso (L) and Linda Nagle organize food for the Thanksgiving baskets at ECAP.

The Senior Citizens Council is made up of members from both Tuckahoe and Bronxville who oversee the community centers for older adults in both villages. The funds to pay for the 25 Thanksgiving baskets are from donations given by each council member and others in the community who have learned about the project over the years.

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Back (L-R): Bumpty McGrath, Gail McCarthy, Mary Liz Mulligan, Eleanor Gustafson, and Lillian Veneruso; front (L-R): Lorraine Mohan, Linda Nagle, and Sheila Landsberg.  

Pictured at top (L to R): Eleanor Gustafson, Lorraine Mohan, Linda Nagle, Sheila Landsberg, Don Brown, director of ECAP, Mary Liz Mulligan, Bunny Micolino Almy, and Bumpty McGrath.

Photo by J. Murrer

 
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