Honoring Nat Yalowitz for his 26 years of dedicated and distinguished service as President of the Penn South Program for Seniors

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  • 19 / Mar / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Nat Yalowitz for his 26 years of dedi-
cated and distinguished service as President of the Penn South Program
for Seniors

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that individuals who
distinguish themselves in their profession and in service to their
community merit the highest commendation; and
WHEREAS, Penn South is a unique coop community in the heart of the
vibrant Chelsea section of Manhattan; its Penn South Program for Seniors
(PSPS) is one of the most inclusive self-help programs in New York City;
WHEREAS, The Penn South Program for Seniors, founded by Nat Yalowitz,
has a full complement of services open to all seniors, including Penn
South's Chelsea neighbors; and
WHEREAS, Longtime Penn South resident Nat Yalowitz has lived in Penn
South since it opened in 1962; and
WHEREAS, Nat Yalowitz has had a lifelong commitment to social, racial
and economic justice, and has always been guided by his empathy for the
underrepresented and underserved; and
WHEREAS, He was a social work executive and professional for more than
45 years, specializing in the fields of mental health and medical social
services; and
WHEREAS, In 1986, Nat Yalowitz co-founded Penn South Social Services
(PSSS), the nation's first Naturally Occurring Retirement Community
(NORC) supportive services program; and
WHEREAS, Shortly thereafter, Nat Yalowitz, in addition, co-founded the
Penn South Program for Seniors (PSPS), which helps senior citizens
remain in their own homes for as long as they wish, providing extensive
on-site medical and social services as well as cultural, volunteer, and
recreational programs; and
WHEREAS, Nat Yalowitz has served as President of PSSS and PSPS for 26
years, ensuring that essential programs and services were established
and sustained to serve cooperators of all ages; and
WHEREAS, Nat Yalowitz, who has been called "The Father of NORCs,"
eventually became President and CEO of NORC Supportive Services Inc., a
non-profit cooperative which assists other communities in addressing the
special needs and problems of their senior residents so they can contin-
ue living well in their own homes; and
WHEREAS, More recently, Nat Yalowitz founded Penn South-Home Organized
Personal Services (PS-HOPS), which provides members products and
services at discounted prices and monitors the providers for quality and
value; and
WHEREAS, As a result of Nat Yalowitz's efforts, countless senior citi-
zens in Penn South and across New York State and the nation have been
able to age in place with dignity, autonomy, and a high quality of life;
WHEREAS, Nat Yalowitz, after 26 years of dedicated and distinguished
service, has stepped down as the President of the Penn South Program for
Seniors and was fittingly honored at a reception on March 7, 2013; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Nat Yalowitz for his decades of service to the Penn South communi-
ty and to senior citizens everywhere; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Nat Yalowitz.


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