The Adopt A Senior Organization was founded in 2014. It is an extension of the very successful Adopt-A-Senior Holiday Program that has been ongoing for 14 years at The Riverside Premier Rehab & Healing Center* (formerly Kateri Residence) in New York City.
Under the leadership of Annye I. Cohen and Bill Cowen, the mission for this non-profit is to provide gifts to as many Seniors living in long-term care facilities as possible. In addition to Riverside Premier, we are also working with The Orchards in Jackson NJ, Sunrise of Jackson, Sunrise of Middletown and The Grand in Whitestone, Queens. And in 2019 we started working with CareOne of Jackson .
For those not familiar with this program, each year Seniors at the facility complete "Wish List" profile forms indicating items they would like for the holidays. Friends and Family, along with colleagues, then select a profile. They then purchase items on the profile and wrap and tag the gift for their adopted Senior.
*see our Reference Page under the Testimonial Tab
"SENIORS SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
Each year during the week of 12/16, gifts are distributed to the Seniors in person. Words cannot describe the gratitude and excitement the Seniors show when they receive their gifts.
The concept for the organization is in honor of Annye's Grandfather, Izzy Cohen, who taught Annye that it is important for people to always "give back" and help others. When Annye began to volunteer at Kateri Residence over a decade ago, she quickly learned that many Seniors in the home had no family and more importantly, no visitors. Hence many of the Seniors in the facility did not have anyone to celebrate their Birthday nor anyone to share the holidays with. Annye worked with the staff at the residence and the Adopt-A-Senior program was born.
Bill was also inspired to "give back" at a young age. He has co-chaired and volunteered at many fundraisers for numerous non-profit organizations. After meeting Annye many years ago, the two realized they had the same goal of helping Seniors and Bill became very involved in the Adopt-A-Senior Holiday Program. His involvement has helped to make this program very successful.
Together they are now making their dream a reality!