Kryzak Awards Go To Three Senior Advocates
United Adult Ministries, the parent company of Flushing House, will present the Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Awards to three honorees at its annual gala fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. on November 1 at Westbury Manor, Westbury, Long Island. The awards are named after Rose Kryzak, a longtime resident of Flushing House and senior activist. Kryzak is best known for her campaign to pass New York State's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC). All three honorees worked with Kryzak, advocating successfully for various senior benefits, programs and services. They have made major contributions of service and caring for older adults.
Because of his outstanding work on behalf of older adults, O. Lewis Harris, since 1978 executive director of Queens Community House, formerly known as Forest Hills Community House (FHCH), will receive the Rose Kryzak Award.
Harris helped FHCH grow and expand from two sites, both on the same block in Forest Hills, to the current 18 sites spread across the borough of Queens with 30 programs serving seniors, families and youth. Harris is currently on the boards of the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare and the Queens Interagency Council on Aging. Harris is a member of the Public Policy Committee for the National Council on the Aging, and the New York City delegate for the National Institute of Senior Centers. Recently, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Friedhilde H. Milburn, MSW, CSW, has 30 years of experience in the field of aging and social services in New York City. She is founding president of the West Side Federation for Senior Services and Housing, the West Side One Stop for Coordinated Senior Services, and Health Advocates for Older People in Manhattan, and served for 20 years as executive director for James Lenox House, a Mitchell Lama, 100-unit apartment residence for independent seniors in Manhattan. She has been a board member of the National Council on the Aging and chair of the National Institute on Senior Housing. A leading advocate for senior housing programs, she speaks regularly on community based long-term care and aging in place at many national and international conferences. For a lifetime of service, United Adult Ministries and Flushing House honor Friedhilde Milburn.
Bobbie Sackman MSW is honored for her years of outstanding service on behalf of the city's senior population. Sackman's career spans 30 years in the fields of aging and public policy work. Her experience includes a wide range of direct community based service experience for the elderly, as well as working for the New York City Office of Management and Budget. Since 1989 she has been director of public policy, Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) of NYC, representing more than 200 senior services sponsors, including senior centers and a broad array of other community-based agencies serving 300,000 older New Yorkers. During her years with CSCS, Sackman has successfully won millions of city, state and federal dollars for services for older New Yorkers, both in new funds and restoration of budget cuts.
Flushing House, along with United Home Services and United Lifeline, are all not-for-profit organizations made possible by United Adult Ministries. United Adult Ministries' mission is to offer older adults hope to live confidently in today's world through expanding opportunities and practical services. Featured in New York Magazine (Dec. 11, 2006), Flushing House was cited as the largest independent living facility on the magazine's list of the 20 best places for seniors in metropolitan New York.