Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc., was born in 1980 through the cooperative efforts of community and professional people concerned with the lack of senior services in Eastern Queens. Seed money was provided by Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL), a fraternal benefit society based in Appleton, Wisconsin. The established goal was to help improve the quality of life for people over the age of 60 and to help them maintain the dignity of independent living.
Information and Referral were the first services offered when SNAP operated out of donated office space at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Telephone Reassurance and Case Management followed. Incorporation took place in 1982 and the Transportation Program began. The Meals-on-Wheels Program was added in 1983.
SNAP moved to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Floral Park in 1985. The first SNAP senior center opened there in 1987. The Bell Park satellite center opened in 1988 and the Queens Village senior center in 1990.
SNAP Floral Park and SNAP Queens Village senior centers relocated together to its present location in Building #4 on the grounds of Creedmoor Campus in 1999 and became SNAP of Eastern Queens. In 2006 SNAP assumed sponsorship of the Rosedale Senior Center. In 2006 SNAP began the Volunteer/Friendly Visiting Program. In 2008 SNAP became the Case Management agency serving Community Boards 8, 11 and 13. In February 2009 SNAP subcontracted with Catholic Charities to provide Meals-on-Wheels for all of Community Board 13. In July 2010 the Caregiver Program was expanded to include Community Boards 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
We are proud of our accomplishments. The expansion and growth of the agency these past years are testimony to the hard work and dedication of an involved Board of Directors, wonderful staff, motivated volunteers, loyal community residents and participants and, of course, to public and private financial support. We look forward to the future with optimism and confidence that we will continue to successfully contribute to the well-being of the senior population.