Family Services of Westchester Announces Opening of Lanza Family Center for All Ages

January 24, 2015

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) will celebrate the opening of the Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains, NY, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Center, modeled after My Second Home, FSW’s award-winning intergenerational program in Mt. Kisco, will bring children, teens and seniors together at one site to participate in programs, share experiences and benefit from one another, just as they would in a family setting.  “We are thrilled to see this longstanding dream of opening an intergenerational center in lower Westchester become a reality,” remarks Susan Wayne, FSW’s President and CEO.  “This is a tremendous milestone not only for FSW, but for all the community members who can now take advantage of this unique programming.”

The Lanza Family Center for All Ages is named for Patricia Lanza who generously provided a $1 million challenge grant that enabled FSW to embark on this project.  Thanks to the enthusiastic response of many generous donors, FSW was able to meet this challenge, purchase a property in White Plains, and renovate the existing building to create a warm and inviting new center that will meet the needs of a diverse group of participants—older adults, young children and teens.  “We are so grateful to the donors who shared our vision and enabled us to reach this moment,” said Lynn Green, Director of Special Projects who spearheaded FSW’s fundraising efforts. “We also appreciate the support we have received from the City of White Plains, which has enthusiastically welcomed us to the community.”

The building will be comprised of two wings – The Marjorie and Richard Dammann Youth Wing named after the founders of FSW and The Sperling Family Adult Wing.  Programming at the center will include adult day services with caregiver support, early childhood education, and a home base for FSW’s many youth development programs.  Importantly, the Center will include space where the diverse age groups can come together.

Participants will interact during planned intergenerational activities as well as through informal encounters throughout the day. Together, children, teens and older adults will enjoy gardening, sharing meals, singing songs, cooking side-by-side, and participating in special events that allow them to break down age barriers and form lasting impressions.

For more information about the Lanza Family Center for All Ages, the Ribbon Cutting, or to make an appointment to see the flagship facility, please contact Lynn Halpern, Director for Communications and Development Outreach at lhalpern@fsw.org or 914.305.6834.

FSW was founded in 1954 and runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs for all ages, including Adoption, Head/Start/Early Head Start, Adult and Youth Residences and veterans Outreach and Support.