About Us

History

The Wayside Senior Program was incorporated in 1980 as a not-for-profit organization to provide community-based alternatives to the institutionalization for elderly and homebound individuals.

Between 1980 and 1992, the agency received funds from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Agency (DYCD) and NYS Office for the Aging (SOFA) to support the senior programs. Wayside was awarded contracts by the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) to sponsor five additional multi-purpose senior centers and satellites. The Senior Center operates under the mandates of the Older American’s Act, the New York State Community Services for the Elderly Act and Nutrition Services Assistance Program, and the New York City Department of the Aging.

Service provided for seniors consist of two nutritious hot meals served five days per week; information and referrals to served five days per week; Home Care, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps; Health Promotion Workshop; Medical Screening, Exercise and Nutrition Classes; Computer Training, Arts & Craft, Music. Wayside offers opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills by serving as center wide officers on the Advisory Board and/or Board of Directors. In addition, counseling and transportation services are also available. Broadening-Bonding-Building has demonstrated the significant contributions made towards achieving the agency’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for the elderly. We have instilled a Winning Team Spirit in our goal to reach new standards of excellence.

Mission Statement

The Wayside Senior Program provides social setting that enable elderly individuals to maintain their independence and remain at home in the community. The goal of these services is promoting family and community, responsibility, and reduction of taxpayers cost. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all older persons through the effective administration of programs:

Encourage Health and Wellness
Maintain a Safety Net Where Needed
Motivate Active Participation
Foster Creative Use of Leisure Time
Promote Family and Community Responsibility
Reduce Taxpayer Cost
Fostering Creative Use Leisure Time

Nutrition: hot meals served daily Monday through Friday at breakfast (3 centers) from 9:00am-10:00am and lunch  from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Information/Referral: We promote Senior health with Nutrition Workshops, Dance, Low Impact Exercise, Medical Screening, and Blood Pressure Monitoring.  We provide workshops with expert consultants on Home Care, Housing, Food Stamps, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, Counseling & Legal Services.

Transportation: We provide transportation for trips to senior centers, medical appointments, banks, the post office, appointments & group trips.

The Seniors participate daily in an array of activities:

  • Art: Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Crocheting, Sewing
  • Music: Gospel Choirs, Musicians, DJs
  • Special Events and Celebrations: Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Dances, Fashion Shows, Holiday Parties, Ethnic Celebrations.