Senior Services

Supporting self-reliance and independent living for
East Harlem’s senior community.

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What We Do

Senior Services meets the needs of older adults through a wide range of social and recreational activities. We offer healthy aging programs at our four senior centers, NORC and assistance to the homebound elderly. We connect seniors with transportation, counseling, nutritious meals and volunteer opportunities.

Growing Old Is A Blessing

Maria Alejandro | TEDxNewYork

Union Settlement’s Director of Senior Services, Maria Alejandro, speaks at TEDxNew York.


Services & Programs

Senior Centers

Our four Senior Centers offer daily group meals, a variety of exercise activities, benefits assistance, nutrition classes, health and wellness classes, computer classes, games, and arts and cultural activities to seniors in East Harlem. Visitors are welcome. Please call our centers to schedule a visit.

Corsi Senior Center, (212) 828-6756
Gaylord White Senior Center, (212) 828-6055
Jefferson Senior Center, (212) 828-6104
Washington Lexington Senior Center, (212) 828-6115

Union Settlement NORC at Franklin Plaza

The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) at Franklin Plaza Apartments offers its resident senior citizens access to health services, social services and activities right in their own community.

Our office number is (646) 676-1801.

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels program delivers emergency and daily meals for about 500 homebound seniors.
Our office number is (212) 828-6102 and to register for Meals on Wheels call (212) 360-7630.

Transportation Program

Our Transportation program provides East Harlem seniors with an array of trips for necessities, such as visiting the pharmacy or the bank, and group recreational excursions. The program enhances many aspects of our senior center programming, enabling us to take seniors to activities, employment or volunteer work sites, and computer classes.

For information call (646) 672-5077.

Seniors United to Serve Volunteer Program

Our Seniors United to Serve volunteer program gives our members the opportunity to volunteer up to 20 hours a week across our four centers. Volunteers can assist in packing meals and sandwiches, planning trips and parties, calling bingo numbers, and assisting in arts and crafts activities. Our volunteers are also visiting and calling our homebound and ill clients, providing a vital lifeline to the outside world.

For information call (212) 828-6103.

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Director of Senior Services

Maria Alejandro
(212) 828-6096