Profits from last year’s sale of Fieldhome, a nursing home and assisted-living community in Yorktown, are being reinvested in the community to benefit local seniors.
The Catherine Street facility, sold to a for-profit entity, has since been renamed the Yorktown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Proceeds from the sale were placed in the existing Field Hall Foundation to begin its grant-giving program.
The Field Hall Foundation announced Thursday, Feb. 28, that it has awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in grants to improve the lives of seniors living in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.
Among the donations is $65,000 to the town of Yorktown to purchase a senior bus and food counter for the Senior Center.
The 14-passenger van will transport seniors to and from the Senior Center, deliver meals to the homebound and expand local shopping and trips for seniors.
On weekdays, the Senior Nutrition Program serves lunch to about 50 to 60 seniors at the Albert A. Capellini Cultural and Community Center. Lunch is also delivered each weekday to about 80 homebound seniors, with an extra meal on Fridays for people who will be alone over the weekend. Yorktown is one of just three regional kitchens in the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. It also provides 125 meals daily to the Somers Senior Center.
“A partner in our community for many years has been transformed into a new foundation, the Field Hall Foundation,” said Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert. “They have generously provided our town with grant funds to utilize for our seniors. I thank them on behalf of the town.”
Noreen O'Driscoll, senior services manager, said she and Robyn Steinberg, town planner, worked on the grant.
“I was thrilled to hear the good news regarding our successful grant,” O’Driscoll said. “I would really like to thank the Field Hall Foundation for recognizing the need for a new bus, and new equipment for the Yorktown Senior Center. We were in need, and this grant will go a long way in serving the wonderful seniors of Yorktown Heights and helping our dedicated staff in their duties.”
Field Hall also donated $10,000 to the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown’s Food Pantry. The money will allow the pantry to offer its senior population such items as low-sugar/low-salt foods, protein shakes and hygiene products (which cannot be purchased with food stamps). The food pantry will also double the number of seniors in its home-delivery program, which provides bags of groceries, fresh vegetables, bread and frozen meat twice a month.
“We are so grateful to the Field Hall Foundation for supporting our work addressing hunger in the greater Yorktown area,” said Katharine Frase, food pantry director. “This grant will enable us to offer services tailored to the needs of seniors, as well as to expand the number of seniors we are able to help.”
The foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its winter 2019-20 grant cycle. Information on grant criteria and important dates can be found on the foundation’s website at fieldhallfoundation.org.
“Fieldhome’s transition from a healthcare provider to a grant-giving foundation allows us to honor our 140-year-old mission by supporting and advancing programs that directly impact our seniors on a daily basis,” said John R. Ahearn, the foundation’s CEO. “As one of the few private funders of elder services, the foundation’s board recognizes the unique role it has and is excited to work in partnership with the community to improve lives.”
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