Open Door - Riverstone Senior Life Services

Open Door

A unique day program for older adults with developmental disabilities


As people with developmental disabilities age, they face new challenges that can lead to greater isolation and unhappiness; our program offers a safe and warm setting that fosters an enhanced quality of life and a source of comfort for families. Recreation, education and physical fitness activities provide opportunities for socialization and building self-esteem and the chance to communicate with peers. Participants take part in Senior Center activities that allow them to get to know a more diverse group of adults and feel a greater sense of belonging. Programming is available in English and Spanish. Transportation within catchment area is available (most of Northern Manhattan). We are wheelchair accessible.


This program is supported by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.


Mon – Fri: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Contact Info

Name: Martine Morales

Phone: 212-927-5600


This Program engages

People with developmental disabilities

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For increased connection

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Open Door Activities

Open Door activities include:

• Group discussion
• Music and arts and crafts
• Outings to parks
• Parties and other large group activities
• Yoga, Zumba and virtual bowling
• Hot nutritious lunch

Who We've Helped

Helping Mrs. L

Mrs. L. was 102 years old and had lived in the same apartment for 50 years, for part of that raising her grand-daughter. When the building scheduled renovations to her apartment, she was placed in a temporary unit, and her grand-daughter went along.

Helping Ms. V

Ms. V. was a young woman when she immigrated from Eastern Europe to New York City’s Washington Heights community in the late 1960s.  She married an American citizen, worked as a private duty nurse, and had two children. But when her husband suddenly left her, she raised her two children alone, supporting them single-handedly through college.

Helping Ms. R

Ms. R  is a 63-year-old recent widow. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Ms. R spent most of her adult life in New York City. For most of her life, Ms. R lived in a rent-stabilized apartment in Washington Heights with her husband from Mexico. When her husband passed away Ms. R. became depressed and did not follow through on paying her bills—as her husband had always taken care of this.

March 2020: We are not currently monitoring this form. Please contact us at 646-702-1995 for urgencies.