On November 13, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh attended the ribbon cutting and renaming of a newly renovated cafeteria at Grand Street Settlement’s Grand Coalition of Seniors Center. Kavanagh, along with Councilmember Rosie Mendez and a representative of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, were on hand to view dance and musical performances and a poetry recitation by patrons of the senior center and participants in Grand Street Settlement’s youth programs. After the performances, Kavanagh assisted in the unveiling of the new name – “Grand Café” as voted by its patrons. Kavanagh then offered a toast and thanked Grand Street Settlement and all the assembled guests for their efforts to strengthen the community day in and day out throughout the year.
The Grand Coalition was created in the early 1970’s and provides over 500 seniors with nutritious meals that meet their multi-ethnic dietary preferences. It helps seniors obtain essential services such as Medicare, HEAP, SSI and Food Stamps, health and mental health care, and housing. The center also provides opportunities for seniors to participate in recreational, cultural, sports, and exercise activities to keep themselves engaged in the community and physically and mentally fit.