2003-02-01 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey,
Democratic District Leader

Trinity Services Important For Seniors

In the Spring of 1994, it came to my attention that there were many seniors in our area who needed services but were not getting them.

To provide those services, I formed a corporation - Trinity Senior Services.  It is a comprehensive community based program designed for seniors and youngsters in southwest Queens.  The programs serve the communities of the Rockaways from Breezy Point to Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven.  It provides services for seniors who live in a geographically isolated area.

Trinity Senior Services promotes positive growth and development in a safe and secure environment.  It expands the opportunity for seniors to participate in a wide variety of activities, to share talents and experiences and to socialize with one's peers.  These activities empower seniors to improve their lives, enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage their involvement with the community.

Trinity Senior Services has grown and expanded its offerings.  Trinity sponsors three programs (1) a senior van program, (2) educational and recreational services and (3) intergenerational after school program.

All of the funds to support these programs have come from grants written by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey - me.  As you are aware fund raising is a very difficult process.  Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Councilman Al Stabile, Senator Al Walden and Senator Malcolm Smith have supported our efforts to raise money by helping us to secure funding.

Councilman Joseph Addabbo has joined our efforts.  He enthusiastically supports increasing services for the seniors.  He has made this a priority.

The senior van program sponsors transportation for groups of 10-14 seniors.  The van has 14 seats with one motorized wheel chair lift.  If you would like to use the van and have a group please call us at 718-474-1641 between 11 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

In writing this column I am remembering our first bus trip.  Virginia Shea who is a born leader with energy and enthusiasm, ran our first bus trip in February 1995 to the Transit Museum.  As I recall it was the coldest day of the year.  However, with Virginia's warm personality and effervescent spirit everyone enjoyed themselves.

Virginia Shea and Josephine McPartland are a dynamic duo.  They led our first fundraiser in the Fall 2002.  Through their efforts we will be able to expand our offerings.  Thanks to Virginia Shea and Josephine McPartland for sponsoring the fund raising trip.

We are planning to hold our next fundraiser on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 12 Noon, at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach.  Tickets are $40.00 each.  Please call us at 718-474-1641 to reserve seats.

Frances Abbracciamento, a warm, outgoing and vibrant entrepreneur is chairing our fundraiser.  Please watch this column for details.

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