VNS Health has a special presence in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown to help residents find local health and social programs. From health screenings to support groups to exercise classes, the VNS Health Community Center and the Chinatown Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) provide the support you need to stay healthy and safe.
About the Community Center in Chinatown
The VNS Health Community Center, located at 7 Mott Street in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood, is a place for you to find the support you need as you age. It holds events to help you stay healthy, connects you to important health and social services, and even holds special holiday events.
The community center’s events are completely free, and you don’t need to live in Chinatown to attend an event or get help.
The community center’s services include:
- Weekly support groups
- Recreation and exercise classes, such as tai chi and chair exercise
- Health screenings
- Flu shots
- Workshops about social services, such as how to access low-income health insurance
- Help with advance directives, which are legal documents that explain your decisions about end-of-life care
All community center events are listed on the VNS Health community calendar.
About the Chinatown NNORC
Being a part of a community can help you stay connected and healthy as you get older. The Chinatown NNORC, located at 7 Mott Street, helps people who are 60 years or older and live in a 24-block area of Chinatown.
The goal of the NNORC is to help you stay safe and connected in your home as you age. The NNORC provides a wide range of services — both in the center and at home. You don’t need an appointment to get help.
NNORC services include:
- Social work services and health case management
- Support groups, including telephone-based groups for homebound people
- Health education
- Blood pressure screenings
- Recreational activities, such as exercise and music programs
All NNORC team members are fluent in Mandarin and Chinese, so you can access the services you need in the language you feel most comfortable with.
How the Community Center and NNORC Support Community Members
The community center and the NNORC are both important pillars of the Chinatown community.
The community center is a place where residents can connect with one another, access crucial resources, and find support when they need it most.
The NNORC serves as yet another layer of support — one that is constantly growing and adapting to meet the needs of the community. In 2007, the NNORC had around 200 members. Now the program connects more than 1,000 Chinatown residents to services.
Although offerings have long included health services, educational classes, and other ways to connect, the NNORC adapts to the needs of community members. For instance, it can be hard to tell when an older Chinese American person is feeling depressed, because they may hide these feelings. To address this, the NNORC educates members about mental health issues and trains social workers to recognize signs of depression in members.
The NNORC also works closely with community partners, such as the Chinese-American Planning Council, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, University Settlement, and more than 40 other community organizations.
How to Get to the Community Center in Chinatown
The community center is located in Chinatown in Lower Manhattan at 7 Mott Street.
Support the Chinatown NNORC
The VNS Health Chinatown NNORC is supported in part by generous donations from people like you.