Losing Pride
Feb 20, 2018 | 854 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Just when Club Pride's members thought the news about our future couldn't get any worse, it suddenly did.

We learned on February 13 that the real closing date for many of us is March 9 instead of June 30. That's because our transport van's driver will leave in March to start a new job and won't be replaced.

Her last day will effectively be the last day here for most members who don't drive and can't afford or are unable to use mass transit. This news, on the eve of Valentine's day, struck us like a dagger through the heart.

Most members are upset over the accelerated pace of our ouster. We feel like we're

being pushed out the door and left to fend for ourselves.

The Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services (JBFCS), which administers the psycho-social program for seniors in Douglaston, said it can't meet expanded new guidelines issued by the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

But a department representative told news media it didn't set mandatory new guidelines, but only made recommendations as part of its normal review process.

The JBFCS is a non-profit, tax exempt entity. It earned $236 million in fiscal year 2016, according to an audit conducted by the accounting firm Marks & Paneth. Where did the money go?

According to the audit, $100 million was spent on investments, $4 million on consulting fees, over $1 million on marketing and fundraising, and $731,000 on public relations. The PR budget alone could probably fund Club Pride for a year.

Local elected officials must ask why JBFCS wants to drop Club Pride. Members are their constituents and deserve their advocacy.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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