Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors

by India Home Inc.
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Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors
Build a senior center for 500 South Asian seniors

Since the last report, we have been able to bring back our programs in person at the Wexford Terrace location, and we are truly burgeoning with new activities and events. We still continue with encouraging masks, and are mindful of capacity. Our older adults have loved coming back to the location on Fridays for our programs and other special celebrations as well. Furthermore, we have been able to launch new programs for more community members at the location as well, including the Safe Space program for Jamaica-based women and COVID-19 Disparities project to improve health equity in Jamaica equitably. 

Check out our pictures below, including from our Mother's Day celebration, SUCASA Culmination program, and Safe Space series!

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Dance classes!
Dance classes!

Since the last time you heard from us, we had re-opened at limited capacity to bring back the highly anticipated in-person senior center programs. Our programs at Wexford Terrace were held every Friday, and featured a number of wholesome activities, Grab & Go meals, in-person case management assistance, and celebrations. We had to put a pause to these activities due to the surge of Omicron temporarily and we are looking forward to starting in-person again very soon. 

Our team has been hard at work to ensure service provision and a full program calendar to engage and stimulate our seniors with enriching activities from the safety of home. Our home-delivered meals have continued to take place as well. 

We look forward to holding the senior activities again on Fridays at Wexford Terrace! 

Community outreach nearby!
Community outreach nearby!
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Chair Yoga!
Chair Yoga!

Following public health guidelines and guidance from the NYC Department for the Aging, we have re-opened our centers at limited capacity (currently 25%). Our seniors have been isolated more than ever before during this pandemic, and it is wonderful to be able to provide these services in-person after a long wait. These services entail yoga, health lectures, recreational programs, Grab & Go meals, and case management services, among others. Plus, our sessions are streamed live so that those at home who are able to join virtually can be engaged as well!

At our South Asian Community Home (Jamaica Estates) location we have commenced programs from 10am-2pm every Friday (see flyer attached). We provide case management on an appointment basis at our office location as well.

Your donations have helped us through this tumultous year to continue providing services, and is helping our community come back. Thank you for all your support!!!

Jamaica Estates Senior Center Flyer
Jamaica Estates Senior Center Flyer
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Holi celebrations!
Holi celebrations!

We hope our GlobalGiving family has been having a great year thus far. 

We at India Home have been busy with our activities, including home-delivered meals, groceries, virtual senior center programs, remote case management, wellness check-up calls and group counseling among others. 

This has especially been an important moment at our organization, as COVID-19 vaccinations have become a priority, especially for older adults. Our COVID-19 Test & Trace team has been hard at work reaching our communities at houses of worship, food pantries, and other high traffic locations, to ensure that our community not only gets tested, but also gets equitable access to vaccines. Our programming team has been working diligently every week to match seniors with vaccine appointments and thus far have booked more than 300 of such appointments. 

We are following DFTA guidelines diligently and plan on re-opening accordingly, when we get guidance from the NYC government public health guidelines. While we may not know when this will exactly happen, we will continue to serve our community the way we have this past year, and will be ready for whatever the future holds. 

Furthermore, our senior center at Wexford Terrace is ours! We have closed on the property and it is now our home. We will be ready once re-opening guidance is given to have this center up and running. Your every donation will help us to renovate and equip this center to become the state-of-the-art facility we have envisioned.

Thank you, for your continued support, and we pray for a hopeful future ahead! 

Test & Trace outreach
Test & Trace outreach
Informational sessions
Informational sessions

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This year has taken an unprecedented course. Our South Asian Community Home continues to be a priority for us, though we have had to pivot to address the overwhelming needs this year with culturally tailored services, including meal provision as well as virtual programs. 

In the past year we have never stopped working and serving our community. In addition to virtual events providing physical activity, education, and creative opportunities, we have provided culturally competent meals delivered directly to the safety of seniors' homes. We deliver meals three times a week to about 112 seniors, which has surpassed 13,000+ meals served to seniors this pandemic. We are still working to feed as many seniors as possible in the year to come. The individualization and cultural understanding that goes into the meals help ensure that seniors are not left having to eat poor quality meals due to their income or culture.

We have also been delivering grocery packages to seniors, specifically curated to ensure nutritional meals that are also culturally competent. Each grocery package costs anywhere between $55-75. We have delivered groceries to over 500 seniors. To date, we have delivered 1,000+ grocery packages, each filled with South Asian kitchen staples such as dhal, rice, oil, onions, spices etc.  

As the year comes to a close and the public health situation evolves, we want to ensure we are able to continue these programs into the following year. We are excited to have the South Asian Community Home up and running once it is safe to do so. 

We hope from the bottom of our hearts that you have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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India Home Inc.

Location: Jamaica Estates, NY - USA
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Twitter: @indiahomeusa?lang=en
Project Leader:
Vasundhara Kalasapudi
Jamaica Estates, NY United States
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