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New White Plains Center For All Ages Slated To Open In 2014

Family Services of Westchester has raised the $1 million needed to meet the Challenge Grant provided by Pat Lanza and the Lanza Family Foundation to design a new intergenerational site in White Plains.
Family Services of Westchester has raised the $1 million needed to meet the Challenge Grant provided by Pat Lanza and the Lanza Family Foundation to design a new intergenerational site in White Plains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Family Services of Westchester turns 60 in 2014 and hopes to celebrate with the opening of its new Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains.
Family Services of Westchester turns 60 in 2014 and hopes to celebrate with the opening of its new Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS – Family Services of Westchester expects to open a facility in 2014 that brings seniors together with teens and young children after reaching its fundraising goal of $1 million.

The funds match a grant from the Lanza Family Foundation, which was intended to help FSW create the facility. The nonprofit reached the goal ahead of schedule and has hired Dennis Noskin Architects in Tarrytown to draw up plans for the new Lanza Family Center for all Ages. FSW will model it after its intergenerational adult day program in Mount Kisco called My Second Home.

FSW is in talks to buy a building on North Broadway in White Plains for the new facility.

“We are so excited that we succeeded in raising matching funds and that we are moving ahead to create an innovative  program that will serve the Central and Lower Westchester communities,” Susan Wayne, president and CEO of FSW, said in a statement. “We are so grateful to Pat Lanza and her family foundation for their generous donation, which was the catalyst for this worthwhile endeavor.”

In all, 141 people donated funds ranging from $25 to $150,000 in support of the facility, which will help about 40 seniors remain social in a safe, homelike environment. There will also be early childhood education, big brothers big sisters activities, and after-school and summer programs for youth and teens.

A 2014 opening for the Lanza Family Center for all Ages would coincide with FSW’s 60th anniversary.

“Allowing our youngsters to interact with seniors on a daily basis will offer a unique dimension to the educational and enrichment opportunities we already provide,” Darlene Glasel, senior director of FSW’s Early Childhood programs, said in the statement.

To learn more about funding opportunities at the Center, contact Lynn Green at (914) 305-6875, lgreen@fsw.org.

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