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GSS Ravazzin Grant

Ravazzin Center Receives Grant to Help Combat Teen Homelessness

Fordham’s Ravazzin Center has received $500,000 through a federal grant administered by Westchester County for its work with the Children and Family Institute.

The center, part of Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), will evaluate a model used by Westchester Building Futures, under a grant awarded to reduce the risk of homelessness for foster care youth. Fordham’s National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development will also receive some funding.

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GSS Ravazzin Children FIRST Conference

Conference to Celebrate Intergenerational Programs

In a collaborative effort, Children FIRST will join the Ravazzin Center on Aging for a conference that merges the groups’ two separate missions: one that focuses on the helping the aging, and the other which focuses on helping the young.

The event, titled “Practice Across the Lifespan: Intergenerational Work in Action,” will take place on Wed., March 9, at Fordham’s Westchester campus from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. National policy and best practices will be discussed in lectures an breakout sessions.

“We often silo child welfare and care for the aging,” said Janna Heyman, PhD, professor and director of the Ravazzin Center. “What we’re trying to foster is a way to blend the services.”

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GSS The Ravazzin Center

The Ravazzin Center: Building on One Man's Wish to Serve the Elderly

Upon his death in 1992, Henry Ravazzin, son of Italian immigrants, World War II veteran and Catholic Relief Services worker, left a sizeable bequest to Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) to be used for “the welfare of elderly persons.” The bequest led to the 1996 creation of the Ravazzin Center For Social Work Research In Aging, which has been honoring its benefactor’s wish ever since.

“Our mission is to increase social workers’ capacities to deal effectively with the needs of older people and their families, and to help communities meet the needs of an aging society,” said Irene Gutheil, DSW, Henry C. Ravazzin Professor of Gerontology and founding director of the Ravazzin Center. “Our nation is just not producing enough gerontologically trained social workers and we are facing a crisis of not having a workforce prepared to meet that need.”

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Hispanic Elderly Battle Economic Hardships

According to a recent study by Fordham University’s Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging, in order to protect elderly Hispanics from economic hardships, poor health and inadequate housing, greater public awareness and understanding of their needs is necessary so that more effective public policies may be implemented. The study, “Older Hispanics In New York City: An Assessment of Their Circumstances and Their Need,” completed by Fordham Researcher Nadia Cohen, PhD, notes that while the number of Hispanic people age 65 and older is growing at an unprecedented rate, targeted research and service efforts are not keeping the same pace. The purpose of the study is to survey the socio-economic circumstances and perceived needs of older Hispanics so that these conditions can become part of public policy debate.

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