Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES
Meeting The Special Needs of Minority and Low Income Older Adults

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460 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tel.        718-643-0232
Fax.       718-596-6655
Web.     www.Raices.US
Donate  www.Donate.Raices.US


Nancy Talavera, MD

Concha Mendoza, MD, F.A.C.P.
Vice Chairperson

Rose Gaynus
Ramon Raimundi
José Labrador
Edwin Salas




José R. Ortiz Ortiz, LCSW
Executive Director

Yvonne Cotto
Associate Director

Suyapa O. Blanco, MSW
Deputy Director

Lisette Sosa-Dickson, LCSW
Clinical Director




Olga Oukacine
Raíces Astoria Senior Center
Raíces Corona Senior Center

Rosemary L. Bland, MSW
Raíces Times Plaza Senior Center

Alexandra Rodriguez-Canizare
Red Hook Senior Center

Blanca Morocho-Ramirez
Wyckoff Gardens Senior Center





Dear Supporters and Friends,

On October 29th, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge hit the New York City area flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city.  The impact of the storm affected the lives of many individuals and businesses alike.  The Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES (“RAICES”) was not immune to the impact of the storm.

Unfortunately, one of the storm’s heaviest hit areas was the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York.  Home to RAICES’ Red Hook Senior Center located at 6 Wolcott Street.  The Center was totally destroyed by the storm with over five feet of water/sewage damaging all furniture, fixtures, inventory, appliances, computer equipment, etc.  RAICES has estimated losses and expenses of nearly $103,000.  Unfortunately, only a small portion of which is likely to be covered by insurance.

In response, RAICES found a temporary facility and continued to serve the elderly and disabled and everyone else in the community in need of meals, clothing, and case assistance.  The RAICES staff and volunteers were available at the facility at 8:00 am and stayed opened late (sometimes until midnight) seven days a week.  Food was prepared at other RAICES sites, and delivered daily.  Our own “meals on heels” home delivery of meals program was adapted to include individuals and families who were unable to visit the facility on their own.  In all over 6,000 meals were distributed from October 30th through December 1st , 2012.


Your support is urgently needed for the recovery of the Red Hook Senior Center and RAICES’ programs in general.  A tax-deductible contribution can be made by visiting the NY Charities  website by clicking here, or by mailing a check directly to RAICES at 460 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.


Thanks to friends like you, the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES is committed and continues to meet the special needs of minority and low income older adults in New York.




José R. Ortiz Ortiz, LCSW

Executive Director