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Good Neighbors of Park Slope

OUR PURPOSE

Good Neighbors of Park Slope (GNPS) is an all volunteer, non-profit, aging-in-place organization, open to residents of Park Slope and surrounding areas who are age 50 and over. Our goal is to create a network of members to make life in our neighborhood easier and more fulfilling, while maintaining our autonomy and quality of life in our homes.

Members: Be sure to log in with your username and password to have access to 'member only' features of our website.

What's Happening?
For more information and to register go to:


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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To post activities on our Calendar, contact
Activities Coordinator
or fill out this
Activity Form
Only Members of GNPS can post an activity
on our calendar

To request funds for your activity/event
Activity Funding Request Form



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E-Blast and IMPORTANT GNPS INFO 
IMPORTANT GNPS INFO AND E-BLASTS


For the safety of all members, please be fully vaccinated and take a Covid test before In person meetings with other members of Good Neighbors. 

 

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MEMBER CHECK-IN INFORMATION
Good Neighbors of Park Slope is offering to connect you with another member who also wants a regular check in. 
GNPS will make the initial connection, and after that it will be a mutual relationship between members 
who call/text/email one another on a regular basis, with no further GNPS responsibility.
Please fill out this survey and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Member Check-In Information

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A group of members has prepared information to help other groups start an organization like ours, which gives history of the organization. It is 
available here: 
Starting an Aging-in-Place Organization.







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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION



New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is looking for volunteers.
NYPBMH is seeking neighborhood volunteers to help staf the lobbies. Need friendly and helpful people to help visitors and patients navigate
the hospital and outpatient areas.
For more information or you are interested,
please contact 
Wendy Froede (wlf9001@nyp.org)



Spring 2023 Senior Debate Series
at Central Library
Zoom and In-Person
March 3 - May 9
Spring 2023 Senior Debate Series



 Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group:
Feb 27 - April 24 2023

Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group



OMNI is now available for reduced fare customers!

Learn More Here



  Park Slope Library Events

First Wednesday of the Month:
Plum Papercraft: Origami
registration thru library website:
Park Slope Library Calendar
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Every Monday from 11:00am - noon
Gathering Wool: Knit and Crochet
drop in session, no registration
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Every Thursday 
Total Body Fitnewss from Shape Up NYC - All Levels Welcome
Registration required

Shape Up NYC at PS Library

State Senator Liz Krueger (District 28 in Manhattan)
is sponsoring 5 part series on 
"Living Well: Age-Friendly Housing"
January - May 2023
click here for more info

Liz Krueger Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors 2023
to register, click 
Age Friendly Housing Series Registation


 
Concerts On The Slope 2022-2023 Calendar

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Presents
Chamber Music Night with
Trio Concertante
BSEC Chamber Music Flyer 3.4.2023





IF YOU ARE STAYING HOME TO STAY SAFE...

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF THINGS TO DO!

Covid Activities - 2022




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7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
7TH AVENUE SENIOR CENTER (PSCSA) PROGRAMS OPEN TO GNPS MEMBERS
Park Slope Center for Successful Aging 
invites Good Neighbors of Park Slope
to participate in ALL activities!

See what is available on a recent PSCSA schedule:

PSCSA Schedule

For the most up-to-date information
become a member of PSCSA and receive their weekly schedule.

MANY ACTIVITIES ARE ON ZOOM.
For IN-PERSON activities at PSCSA, MASKS must be worn.
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated.

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: MEET OUR MEMBER!

Meet Linda Brown
(by Ruth Gastel)



(For previous member profiles: Meet Our Members)  



 
😁To access the joke of the day at the bottom of this page
you must be logged into the website as a member😄




Free Covid Tests by mail  are once again availailable starting Dec 15 2022
https://www.covid.gov/tests

Free tests for anyone on Medicare at CVS and other pharmacies.


Free tests can be ordered online or at any pharmacy:


Before disposing of expired at-home covid tests
check the extended expiration date:
Extended Expiration Date

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Congratualtions to team
Brilliant Slopers
Jasmine and Roger Melzer, Bill Kahn, Susan and Bernardo Velez

at the Trivia Contest on Feb 2

1st place prize is all expense paid trip to Montana

(inside joke)

 

Join us for our next Trivia Contest
Trivia Contest - 3/2/2023

 

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link to starting your own

MEET OUR MEMBER

Linda Brown

 



linda for meet our member

 

 

Think what it would be like if you couldn’t read or couldn’t read above fourth grade level. So much of what you take for granted would be closed to you. “For me,” Linda says, “reading has always been so important that I think the worst deprivation I can imagine would be not being able to read.”


Linda Brown grew up in Levittown, Long Island and Cape Vincent, a small New York State community near the Canadian border.


Immediately after college, she volunteered for the Peace Corps and was sent to Uganda for two years to teach English. Peace Corp volunteers at that time were mostly inexperienced idealists. “Teachers were lucky. They were often more successful than community workers because they could work within the existing structure. It was hard to be effective as a community worker because you had to build everything from scratch.”


“I think I got more out of it than the students. In fact, after that, I decided that if you want to change the world, you should stay in the United States. It’s a harder job than you think.”


Her first inkling of what would later motivate her, she says, came when she was watching a documentary, narrated by Edward R. Murrow, on farm workers and being struck by the poverty and terrible working conditions.


Linda has spent most of her adult life as a literacy instructor. One of her earliest jobs, after the two years she spent in Uganda, was teaching reading to people at the Bronx House of Detention Center, a place where people are sent before they go to trial.


“A large percentage of people who end up in the criminal justice system can’t read above fourth grade level,” Linda noted. “I knew that being able to read was important so I went to the Department of Corrections and explained what I wanted to do. I was sent to the recreation director who agreed to allow me to create literacy and GED (general educational development) classes. I had to develop the curriculum and pay for supplies out of my own salary.”


“The biggest problem in teaching teenagers and adults to read is getting them to form new habits. Once you get past that, which can take a great deal of time and patience, you can make a difference,” Linda explained.


Linda worked for many different literacy programs, from those run by the United Farm Workers Union and the New York City Technical College in Brooklyn to classes organized by CUNY all over the city. Some of her students, often from Caribbean countries, were studying to get their High School Equivalency Certificate so they could move from up from a menial job to one with better pay and status. They were very highly motivated and gave her an appreciation of the immigrant struggle and also their contribution to the city.


Now that she’s retired, what does a person like her, living in Park Slope, do? Luckily for her, and for the rest of us, she lived opposite Joyce Jed, president of Good Neighbors, who in 2014 recruited her (and many others) to work on the creation of what is now Good Neighbors of Park Slope.


“I was lucky to be in on the beginning of this marvelous organization,” she says, “and I never stop being surprised at how involved I still am. Of course, the people who live in Park Slope live in a kind of wonderful bubble. Long may it stay inflated.”



If you would like to join in our activities and have access to all our information, consider becoming a member -- click on our Membership page for more information.


If you are having any difficulty using this site please call us at 917-947-9121
 
 
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