Many Long Island seniors with limited income find that making ends meet is increasingly difficult and even a simple need or wish cannot be fulfilled. Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC,) a leading elder law firm on Long Island, founded its own non-profit organization, GDGC Charitable Events, as a way of responding to local community members’ needs. The non-profit’s signature program is Senior Dreams Come True.
Senior Dreams Come True benefits low income seniors on Long Island by granting wishes – from helping a senior meet basic needs to fulfilling a lifelong dream. Wishes are customized to each senior. “We grant wishes that, while relatively simple, make a tremendous difference in a senior’s life,” says Jennifer Cona, managing partner of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona and founder of GDGC Charitable Events. “By reaching out to Long Island businesses and professionals, we have been able to secure donations of goods and services, which has allowed us to stretch our charitable dollars and help more seniors in need. Senior Dreams Come True is truly a neighbors-helping-neighbors program,” says Ms. Cona. As Sen. Kemp Hannon stated, Senior Dreams Come True helps people with “individual problems that don’t necessarily lend them to a big [government] program.”
Since Senior Dreams Come True was founded in 2010, the charitable organization has granted numerous wishes for local seniors in need. The following are some examples:
Fundraisers are held throughout the year and tax-deductible donations are always accepted. At GDGC’s Fourth Annual Caregiver Conference on Nov. 15th at Hofstra University, attendees are being asked to make a donation to Senior Dreams Come True in lieu of paying a registration fee. Wishes are granted throughout the year on a revolving basis. Applicants for Senior Dreams Come True must be 65 or over with an income of no more than $1,500 per month for single individuals and $2,000 per month for a married couple. A letter or statement under 750 words describing the senior’s need must be submitted along with a Wish Request form. The application should also document how the senior has helped others, by deeds or in spirit.
To obtain an application and “Wish Request” form, visit the GDGC website: www.genserlaw.com, Charitable Events page or call 631-390-5000.
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