Grandparent Family Apartments designated a generations united Program of Distinction

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Grandparent Family Apartments designated a generations united Program of Distinction

Designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs.

(New York, NY) – PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments is proud to have been designated a Program of Distinction within the intergenerational community by Generations United. 

Presbyterian Senior Services has been a pioneering leader of kinship services since the early 1990’s when it held support groups at its senior centers for grandparents raising grandchildren.  Its innovative PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments, one of the first residences for kinship families, opened in 2005. With the Grandparent Family Apartments as its hub, PSS now provides kinship caregiver services in three boroughs of NYC.

 “We are very excited about receiving this recognition on the building’s 10th Anniversary,” states Rimas Jasin, Executive Director of PSS.  “Our work over the last ten years has allowed us to develop many best practices in intergenerational programming.”  Co-founder Laura Jervis, Executive Director of West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) which manages the building, recalls “the day the first family moved into the GFA, six years of pioneering and challenging work came to fruition.  It was worth every minute of our hard work and continues to be a source of great pride.”

PSS Deputy Director Katherine Martinez adds that ““the populations that the PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments serves are extremely high need. Without their grandparents, most of these children would be in foster care. Despite sudden funding cuts a few years ago, PSS has not abandoned its families and continues to provide outstanding, innovative programs to our kinship families.”

 “We congratulate Grandparent Family Apartments for earning this distinction and for their dedication to intergenerational practices,” notes Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United. “The Program of Distinction designation is the U.S. intergenerational community’s ‘seal of approval’. The application and review process are rigorous. Achieving this recognition is a major accomplishment and says a program employs best practices and effectively serves the surrounding community.”

Generations United launched the Program of Distinction designation in 2010, with support from New York Life Foundation, to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs.  This year, six intergenerational programs from across the nation earned the distinction. Joining Grandparent Family Apartments are Elder Service Partner Program at Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Services; Intergenerational Place, Permanence and Shared Social Purpose at Bridge Meadows; Opening Minds through Art at Miami university Scripps Gerontology Center; The Intergenerational School; and TimeSlips Creative Storytelling – Creative Trusts.


About PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments: PSS/WSF GFA is a program of PSS, a multi-service agency founded in 1962.  PSS now encompasses eight senior centers, two senior and intergenerational residences, an extensive network of family and kinship caregiver services, the Young Adult Success Program (YASP) connecting kinship young adults with mentors and programs to empower their success, and Coming of Age NYC to help New Yorkers 50+ define their next chapter.  For more information please visit and like us on Facebook


About Generations United: For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.  We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.

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