Monday, November 7, 2016

The New York Armenian Home

Last year thru friends I found out that the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, Queens, NY was sold. We were asking each other if anyone had read or heard of further news and information.

Today I received solicitation for Christmas donation. The accompanying letter was quite informative:

They have existed for 65 years, helping the Armenian elderly. Being home away from home for fellow Armenians. I had met on the bus a very lovely lady, Ovsanna, who is originally from Beirut, with great devotion takes the bus from 26th Ave in Bayside all the way to 137-31 45th ave, to the Home.

The board of directors consist of:
Robert G. Kallem, Chairman

Neiri Amirian, Vice Chairperson

Alice Movsesian, Treasurer

I was looking for assistant treasurer, but I guess they just have one treasurer

and they have several board members: Lana Akopyan, Mardiros Anastasian, Aggie Elian, Leon Karibian, Marisel Minassian, Paul Nadjarian. And Jenny Akopyan is the executive director.

The Board of Directors via this letter announce the relocation and upgrade of the New York Armenian Home. They include the following facts, taken from their donation request letter:

- After years of consultation and negotiation the board has secured the sale of the property, with the agreement that the Home can remain and operate in the current location until August 2018 and possibly longer.

- That the board is in the process of securing land in nearby Port Washington, Long Island. My thought was, I hope they are not too close to the water, with climate change and rising water levels.... One of these days when I go to that area, I'll try to find out where that location might be.

- the Board has entered into an agreement with a contractor, which specialized in assisted living facilities. And they added that the building process takes one year from breaking ground to ribbon cutting. I assume in the future, we would look out for that announcement.

- They didn't mention the number of residents the current location could facilitate. However, they claim that it would house more residents. They will have rooms with full private bathrooms, more spacious contemporary recreational areas. I was thinking, they has huge space in the back, wasn't it possible to take a loan and build up that grassy area with recreation areas? Or, instead of giving up such location, would it had made business sense to lease the building/facility instead of selling it? How about those with limited transportation, how would they now reach via public transportation with ease? How close the new location would be to the LIRR stop? They say they will have a special Memory unit, that is interesting, I would really like elaboration about that.

In conclusion, they inform that the current home is OPEN and will continue to be fully operational during this transition period. Their transition team would help transfer the current residents to the new location. And they emphasize that they continue to accept new residents. This is a question that had come up last year, when we found out about this news. It's good to know after a year that it's still functional.

When I bump into Ovsanna, I would like to know how she is going to commute to the new location? Or would they provide on location room and board for her?

Time will tell. So in the meantime, if you have family or relatives who need the help of the Armenian Home, you may still contact them.

I have to dig bunch of photos I had taken on various trips with the Sunday School when children visited the facility and made the residents so happy.

Their phone number is: (718) 461-1504

I did further online search and I found out that they have a website. On their official letter, the website isn't mentioned. In my donation card, I had asked them if they had a website. So here is the URL of the Home: http://www.newyorkarmenianhome.org/ - it might not be updated, as the executive director isn't the same person as on the solicitation letter. For any successful business, the website is the most important tool in this digital age. Children looking for a place for their parents who need loving and caring assistance, would most probably check google to get information and accordingly decide where to go.

The search turned out also the Emerson, NJ Armenian Home, where years ago they used to hold the very popular Fathers Day festival http://www.thearmenianhome.com/

Osanna, has been serving the Armenian Home for few decades, and she has wealth of information as to how this Home was started. One of these days I should interview her and keep you posted.


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