How old do I have to be to join Riverdale Senior Services?
You must be 60 or older to join.
Riverdale Senior Services offers so much. Are your programs affordable for someone on a fixed income?
Yes, there is no fee to join! The New York City Department for the Aging provides partial funding for RSS. Members are invited to make voluntary contributions when they attend. Donations help enhance our services including our hot lunch program, recreational activities, classes, and lectures. Although there are modest fees for trips and special events, scholarships are always available and no one ever is denied service because of his/her inability to contribute.
What do I have to do to join Riverdale Senior Services?
You can visit RSS and participate in several activities as a guest. Once you have decided to join, our office staff can assist you with registration. You must bring in proof of age, doctor’s information, emergency contact information, a list of any medications you take, and a photo ID.
How much is a meal at Riverdale Senior Services?
You do not have to pay to eat. We ask for a $2.00 donation per meal to enhance our programs. No persons will be denied a meal if they do not have the $2.00 donation.
Our Dining Menu is conveniently available online.
I’m still active and involved in the community. Why would I want to join Riverdale Senior Services?
At Riverdale Senior Services we provide a broad range of engaging activities, thought-provoking classes and health-related services. There are educational programs, current events discussion classes, film screenings, group trips to cultural events and institutions, dance and exercise classes and health management services. Arts and crafts, bridge, line and folk dancing are other popular activities. We even offer computer classes. RSS welcomes all and reflects the vital character of the wonderful, active senior population of the Northwest Bronx
I’m not as healthy as I used to be and I don’t get around as well. I’m not so sure I’ll fit in or be accepted at Riverdale Senior Services.
At Riverdale Senior Services we welcome seniors of all functional abilities and interests.
I don’t have a car. How do I get to RSS using public transportation?
RSS is easily accessible by public transportation. By subway take #1 train to 231st Street station. Transfer to the Bx10 bus to Kappock Street and Knolls Crescent. By bus take the Bx10 bus to Kappock Street and Knolls Crescent.
Now that I’m retired, I have lots of questions about my Social Security benefits, Medicare, long-term care options and other entitlements. Can you help?
Yes! Our professional social worker is here to help you with health insurance problems, applications to government programs, landlord, utility, legal and home care issues. She can refer you to community service providers.
What kinds of benefits or entitlements could I qualify for?
You could qualify and apply for: Food Stamps, Medicaid, HEAP, SCRIE, DRIE, LIFELINE, SAFE LINK, Access-a-Ride, EPIC, and the Medicare Savings Program. We also offer tax assistance that operates during the tax preparation season (January through April of each year).
I need housing assistance. What kinds of housing assistance do you offer? Can you find me an apartment?
Our social worker can assist you with filling out housing applications, provide tenant landlord advocacy, and assist you with applying for SCRIE or DRIE. The social worker can give you information on your housing rights and provide you with a listing of senior housing complexes. However, RSS does not rent apartments
My family member moved in with me and is stealing all my money. What can I do?
This is abuse. Our social worker can discuss a plan of action with you at your home, at RSS, or over the phone. If you do not have money for food, RSS can provide you with take-home meals.
I recently lost a family member and I feel very depressed. How can the center help me?
RSS can help you by providing a case worker who can screen for depression and a clinical social worker who can provide individual counseling, and enroll you in a bereavement group.
I am not a senior, but I am responsible for the care of one. Can you help?
RSS offers caregiver support groups, individual counseling, and referrals to valuable community resources. RSS also offers the Adult Day Activities Program (ADAP), which offers structured activities in a social setting for people with early stage memory loss. For more information about these services, please contact Peter Swanson, Director of Adult Day Services, at 718.884.5900 x16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERING / EDUCATION
I am an undergraduate/graduate student in search of an internship/externship. Who should I contact?
RSS provides internship and externship experience in connection with various educational institutions for qualified social work and nursing students in training. We also accept students from a variety of other disciplines including physical therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and mental health counseling. Please contact your school’s field placement office. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Can I share my skills and talents with others at Riverdale Senior Services?
Absolutely! RSS relies on volunteers to make it the special place that it is. Volunteers teach classes, help the staff in the office or the kitchen, serve on various committees, participate in intergenerational programs or assist frailer members at the center and those who participate in the Adult Day Activities Program (ADAP). In addition our Board of Directors is entirely composed of volunteers who are dedicated community members.
For more information about volunteering or to learn more about our Board please fill out a volunteer application form.
HOW TO DONATE
I would like to make a donation to RSS to support programs and services. How can I donate?
You can text “Riverdale” to 41444, or make an online donation here. If you prefer, you may mail a check to: RIVERDALE SENIOR SERVICES at Riverdale Senior Services. 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463. Make your check out to “Riverdale Senior Services.”
Is my donation secure?
Your donation is made through a secure portal. Your personal information is protected by encryption and will not be shared with any third parties. If you prefer, you may mail a check to: RIVERDALE SENIOR SERVICES at Riverdale Senior Services. 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463. Make your check out to “Riverdale Senior Services.”
Is my personal information secure?
RSS does not share e-mail or mailing addresses, credit card information, or any other personal information with third parties. Your personal information is safe and secure with us.
Would an RSS Staff Member speak to our group about a particular aspect of aging?
Yes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what your interest is.
How can I get a copy of RSS’ Annual Report?
Please e-mail your request to email@example.com or call us at (718) 884-5900.