We’re pleased to announce that Visiting Neighbors is returning to Greenwich Village, the neighborhood they have been serving for more than 40 years, with a new home in Washington Square Village.
This new development came about thanks to the wisdom and guidance of Council Member Margaret Chin, who recognized that severe budget cuts at the NYC Department for the Aging had endangered Visiting Neighbors’s ability to continue their mission. The Council Member approached NYU about providing space for the organization, advocating for the needs of local seniors and for Visiting Neighbors’s vital role in filling them. Her outreach helped the University understand the value of facilitating their relocation from a cramped and distant temporary office to a space we could provide for them here in the Village.
Their new home is a freshly renovated space more than twice the size of their previous offices, right in the heart of their catchment zone. The relocation will let them provide better access to the people who benefit most from their services. Additionally, this is the neighborhood where they first began their mission--so it is fitting that they should return here to the heart of Lower Manhattan for this next chapter of their history.
After viewing the new space, Council Member Chin released a statement saying she is “thrilled that Visiting Neighbors has a new home in Greenwich Village. The service they provide for New Yorkers is invaluable, and directly addresses the needs of the local community. In securing them this excellent new space, we are ensuring that Visiting Neighbors will continue to be a resource for our seniors for years to come.”
Dr. Cynthia Maurer, executive director of Visiting Neighbors, said: "A big hug of thanks to council member, Margaret Chin for her advocacy and tenacity in helping Visiting Neighbors find its new office, and to our friends at NYU for all of their support after we have endured so much financial hardship. We look forward to brighter days ahead, while we continue to provide vital support services to our senior neighbors - a population often neglected and one we care so much about - and we are delighted to be back home in Greenwich Village where it all began 42 years ago."
NYU is truly grateful for the Council Member’s vision and for the opportunity to be part of this process. We will officially welcome Visiting Neighbors to their new space at a ribbon cutting this afternoon.