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Gramatan Village Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: About Gramatan Village: Vibrant Aging. At Home. Your Own Way. Gramatan Village is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. We support empowered aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older. At Gramatan Village, members receive services such as transportation to local appointments, referrals to vetted community partners, technology support, home maintenance support, home safety checks, assistance in financial planning and in navigating Medicare/Medicaid, workshop and seminar offerings, priority consideration for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, support groups, counseling, volunteer opportunities, as well as social and cultural outings.

Target demographics: adults ages 55 and up

Geographic areas served: Southern Westchester County, New York

Programs: social and cultural outings, fun activity groups, lifelong learning, counseling, transportation, tech support, and much more

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I moved to Bronxville with my husband ten years ago I knew no one. In an effort to be more connected to the community I first joined GV as a volunteer, driving members to appointments. But in a short time my husband's illness dictated a change in my role and I began to depend on GV for a host of services that have made a huge difference in my life. Sherry and Katherine have been unfailingly helpful and supportive and have become my lifelines to expert advice as I navigate my husband's health care and my own mental health. The program offerings and support groups offered by GV are second to none. Bronxville is so lucky to have this organization that helps all members of the community connect and help one another. I'm very grateful to be a member.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bronxville area has been our home for the past three years. As seniors, my wife and I decided to acquire our co-op apartment in the area. The draw for us to relocate to this area was fueled by a desire to move closer to family. Good fortune knocked on our arrival. We discovered a vibrant organization that provides services enabling seniors to live productive lives and stay put in their community. That organization is Gramatan Village Inc.. I immediately joined the organization's Men's Club. Seniors of a wide range of ages and interests participated in significant luncheon discussions on a variety of important issues. I was pleased with the deep dives we took into understanding and resolving issues. The organization made arrangements for assistance for those who had a handicap to join with our men's club friends. Upon the Coronavirus resulting in the need for social distancing, the staff kept their constituents active by arranging for virtual meetings and programs. I suggest that their efforts rate quite a bit more than five star. We are grateful to be members of Gramatan Village.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gramatan Village has been an enormous help to me. I have mobility issues and found out about it through a friend. The volunteers are terrific, helping me with rides and errands. We've had wonderful social gatherings, luncheons and parties in addition to informative meetings on lots of different subjects affecting seniors.

The pandemic has brought a new dynamic to Gramatan Village--Zooms and other Internet activities have greatly enriched our experiences. We have had discussions, games and wonderful lectures we can attend from our computers. We're able to stay connected, learn and make new friends.

I have the highest praise for Gramtan Village , its directors, board and volunteers..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago with my husband I moved to Bronxville from Manhattan . My major discomfort at the beginning was the feeling of being estranged and disconnected from the community .
At my age indeed is not easy to built a network of new friends .There were days when I felt very lonely . When I heard of the Gramatan Village organization , I decided to visit its office with poor expectations indeed.
It did not take long to understand and love the Gramatan mission.I felt immediately welcome by this community guided by empathy and generosity towards the others no matter how weak on in need they may be. Not to mention what The Gramatan is doing to assist psychologically and entertain through an amazing list of virtual cultural programs the members in these very challenging time of the pandemic.The list of initiative goes from practical help to ease the daily life of aged, frail people in need , trough a group of volunteers , to facilitate the dialogue between the young and older generation, and moreover to engage the members in selected cultural programs.Once again , thank you Gramatan!

Camillo B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since we moved to BXV from the city, we did not have connections here. We were directed to the GV and found exactly what we needed. A very caring organization with great people both working and volunteering. The Men's luncheon discussion group, rates the best for me. It gave me a chance to meet people like me willing to take up topics that are important. Thanks GV!
You are the best!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Gramatan Village for years. This organization is such a tremendous resource for our senior community. They offer so many educational programs, both live and virtual, to promote the health and wellness of their members. Both Sherry and Kathryn are extremely professional and compassionate. They always go the extra mile to make sure their members have everything they need to thrive in their environment. It has always been such a pleasure to work with Gramatan Village!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a relatively new member of GV, I've been very impressed with the quality of the programs which I briefly experienced pre-pandemic and with the speed and professionalism with which they pivoted to remote programming as of March, including developing new, pandemic-related programs as well as adapting their prior programming to virtual mode. The organization's leadership is highly qualified and committed, and succeeds in providing an exceptional range of high-quality programs and services with very limited resources.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful program that provides seniors with the resources to stay engaged and manage their lives while aging in their own homes. With a tiny staff and a dedicated group of volunteers GV punches well above its weight allowing members to remain active participants in our community well into their later years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the founding members of GV, I am impressed daily with how much our members use our services and how important they are to insure that each one of us can remain in our own homes as we grow older.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Gramatan Village is a membership organization that enables individuals over 55 years old live comfortably and safely in their own homes and remain in the community they love.
The staff at GV is very experienced and is supported by volunteers and community partners who are available at all times to offer assistance in many ways. They offer many cultural educational and social outings yo prevent social isolation, offer counseling and support groups, provide transportation and help with household tasks and much much more.
My experience with them has been exceptional.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At some point in life, one checks out of the organizations that educated and stimulated you in your career. Foundations, think tanks, councils for this and that all become distant as one ages. How does one recreate that sense of community and mutual learning after one retires? I found the source of my ongoing education in Gramatan Village. Living in my own apartment and attending programs of the Village -- a book group, a well spouse group, a men's group, a sale at a local merchant , all became possible through Gramatan Village. Gramatan Village replaced what had been vibrant in my early life. My life is vibrant again!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gramatan Village does a great job keeping seniors connected to each other in enjoyable ways like book clubs, game days, luncheons and events, and also in providing support services. I very much enjoy the literary book club and poetry group, and have gotten practical help with medical insurance, computers and transportation from Gramatan Village. Both Sherry and Kathryn are gracious, friendly and helpful to all of us, and the volunteers are great too.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gramatan Village is a nonprofit partner with RSVP of Westchester. We send volunteers to assist with activities for their members. The personnel is super open to using the volunteers' unique talents. If a volunteer has an idea for an activity or program, they'll listen with big ears. I am happy to have a place to send my "big thinking" volunteers. Additionally, they are a partner extraordinaire - keeping in mind how we can work together on so many levels. It's a mutually beneficial relationship.

Lou G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Gramatan Village for a few years now and can honestly say that they are a first class organization. Sherry and Kathryn are truly professional and care very deeply about their members and their community. The programs available are top notch. Gramatan Village is such a tremendous resource for the Bronxville community. I highly recommend people explore all they have to offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GV is an amazing organization, one I'm proud to be associated with. It offers a wide array of social opportunities as well as supportive services to seniors who wish to continue as active and engaged community members.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Gramatan Village does an incredible job at helping our senior citizens stay independent and in their homes for a longer period. The staff and the cadre of giving volunteers are dedicated to the cause. It is a truly wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Seems to cover all areas - great generous help with both support for practical daily living (such as finding aides and arranging rides to appointments or events) and for fun and social activities to keep the elderly engaged (lunches, movies, lectures, museums, book clubs, support for spouses....).