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Neighborhood Advisor Program comes back to the JCC

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center recently became re-established as a Neighborhood Advisor Program site offering outreach, information and referral services to seniors in the DeWitt, Fayetteville and Manlius areas. The program is part of the Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services.

Photo of Sharon Kieffer, the JCC's Neighborhood Advisor.
Sharon Kieffer, the JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor.

Sharon Kieffer is the JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor and assists seniors age 60 and older by providing information about programs available in the community and by helping to obtain necessary services so that they can remain living independently in their homes. Kieffer has many years of experience providing case management services in the healthcare and long-term care fields.

“I’m here to help seniors and their families navigate the system so they can get the right services for their particular situation,” says Kieffer. “I make house calls to help fill out forms and deal with issues relating to Social Security, Medicare and other benefit programs. I also make presentations to senior groups so that they know this service is available. All of the Neighborhood Advisor services are provided on an individual basis and at no cost to seniors.”

The Neighborhood Advisor Program is funded in part by a grant from the Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services. The JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor Program has a long history of serving Syracuse’s eastern suburbs.

“I am delighted that we were once again chosen by the county as a partner in providing such a valuable service to seniors,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC executive director. “The program nicely complements all of the social and wellness services that we offer such as our fitness classes and senior kosher meal program.”

For more information about the JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor Program and to make a referral, call Sharon Kieffer at 315-445-2040, ext. 156.