Tuesday, June 15, 2021



Art-making Kits Inspired by the Met Museum New York Delivered Monthly to NYC’s Seniors

The monthly delivery of art materials and activities connects over 1,000 seniors to the city’s cultural treasures while many of them remain homebound.

The monthly “Your Met Art Box” features four art cards with works from the Met’s collection and activities for recipients.

The last year and a half has posed unique challenges for many vulnerable communities, but the aging population has been particularly impacted by the social restrictions and isolation brought on by the pandemic. Citymeals on Wheels, already a lifeline for elderly New Yorkers, significantly ramped up its efforts since the COVID-19 crisis began, preparing and delivering over three million meals.

Now, the non-profit is partnering with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to fulfill the artistic and creative needs of older adults in the city by bringing the museum to their doorsteps. “Your Met Art Box,” a monthly delivery of art materials and activities inspired by works in the Met’s collection, engages seniors in stimulating dialogues and connects them to the city’s cultural treasures                                   

Two large-format postcards included in each box act as free passes to the museum.

The box is sent to over 1,000 Citymeals recipients and volunteers, with a different theme each month — such as “The Art of Refreshment” in May, which included a curated selection of tea from the local Chinatown standby Grand Tea & Imports along with multi-sensory, drawing and tea-tasting activities. July’s theme, “Summer in New York City,” will feature materials and instructions to design and create a paper fan. Every week, volunteers trained by the Met’s Education Department lead virtual conversations about the month’s selected artworks, encouraging socializing and community-building among recipients.

“Many of our recipients have fond memories of trips to the Museum but are no longer able to stroll the galleries,” said Vivienne O’Neill, Citymeals’s Senior Director of Volunteer Programs, in a statement. “With these monthly art boxes, sent directly to their homes, Citymeals recipients and the volunteers who visit with them can enjoy the wonder and inspiration of art.”

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Maybe an outing once a year to local and nearby art galleries could be arranged for Martin Centre members?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Re-furbished Martin Centre

A look at the Dr. Martin Centre for the first time since March 2020!



Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Latest!

 We have opened our new Kitchen, which is fantastic; we are all delighted. Dinner and dessert can be delivered daily for only 7.50 euro.  Ring in order before 10.30 each morning on – 051-387111 /0874611309.

Please God, we will start to reopen the centre properly as soon as possible; all depending on Health and Safety due to Covid-19 regulations. We miss you all very much and are always available by phone to help out in any way we can.

The centre will continue to open 3 days a week, but, unfortunately, we cannot welcome our members on a daily basis yet due to COVID-19. But it is very important for you all to know we are always here to help and support you in any way we can. I can be contacted on my phone every day at 087-4611309. Do not hesitate to call for any help and support you might need; even for a chat if you are feeling lonely or just need someone to talk to. We can deliver a nice fresh hot dinner, get some shopping for you or collect a prescription at the chemist. We can now deliver to outside the village of Portlaw so no matter where you live in Co. Waterford call us for help and support if needed.

We can arrange an Emergency Response System (Panic Button) installed into their home, for someone living alone or with any health concerns. Please call the Dr Martin Day Centre Portlaw; also there is an excellent offer at the moment. We can apply through Pobal for equipment; first-year monitoring fee is free and 66 euros yearly after that. Anyone is welcome to help in our centre and I can also help with disability parking permits for anyone eligible. Any enquires, please call (051) 387111/ (087-4611309.           Alice