A new intergenerational community center has opened in White Plains.
The Lanza Family Center for All Ages opened February 24, 2015. It is modeled after the award-winning My Second Home in Mount Kisco, also operated by Family Services of Westchester (FSW). Seniors benefit emotionally, socially and physically from being around children. Rita Bellamy, the director of My Second Home, said that the intergenerational aspect helps seniors experience a sense of purpose and avoid isolation.
The Lanza Center is named for philanthropist Patricia Lanza who provided a $1 million challenge grant. FSW was able to meet the challenge, purchase the building at 106 North Broadway in White Plains, and renovate it to create a warm and inviting community center.
The Center will provide programs for older adults and children, both separately and together. Programming will include adult day services with caregiver support, youth development programs and early childhood education. Children, teens and older adults will participate together in activities such as gardening, cooking, sharing meals, singing songs and participating in special events.
Enrollment in the Center’s programs is now open. Family Services of Westchester also has continuing opportunities for volunteers to participate in its programs, and members of the community can further support the Lanza Center, and honor loved ones, through the buy-a-brick program.
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