MOUNT VERNON, NY — Wartburg’s Friedrichs Affordable Senior Housing already boasts an impressive affordable housing community for Westchester seniors — a new grant award will help that very community heal from the mental and social toll of the protracted coronavirus pandemic.
As part of its Community Involvement program, Wartburg’s Friedrichs Affordable Senior Housing program received one of this year’s Neighborhood grant awards. Wartburg was nominated by NorthMarq White Plains Managing Director Robert Ranieri.
Wartburg has received a $5,000 grant each year since the program's inception in 2018.
“This year’s grant funds were targeted for social programs at the housing complex designed for seniors such as exercise classes, transportation to local events, shopping excursions, and wellness classes," Ranieri said in a statement announcing the award. "Since the grants have been provided, they have been able to offer more programs and services to these low-income senior residents."
In 2018, NorthMarq created a community fund to support organizations that focus on improving access to affordable housing or eradicating homelessness in the markets where the company operates.
"This was a wonderful year-end surprise," Wartburg CEO David Gentner said. "It will help us carry on our work on wellness and issues of loneliness and isolation. The pandemic continues to impact isolation and loneliness, particularly for seniors. While social distancing and self-quarantine limits the exposure to infection, it also limits social interactions and thus brings about feelings of isolation."
The Friedrichs Building opened on Wartburg’s 34-acre campus in 2013. The facility targeted the 62 and older community of active seniors for its affordable studio and one-bedroom handicap-accessible apartments. Residents have access to a long list of free amenities, including a sunlit community room, state-of-the-art fitness room, library and laundry on each floor.
Friedrichs was the first LEED-certified building in Mount Vernon. The environmentally friendly features of the faculty include bamboo floors and individual thermostatic heating and air-conditioned units.
"I am proud that NorthMarq again was able to recognize the importance of supporting non-profits in this community that helps support affordable housing," Ranieri said. "And of course, I am personally pleased that Wartburg was a well-deserved recipient of these funds."