Anne B. McGarvey was one of the first advocates of senior rights on Staten Island.
In 1974, she was instrumental in the city’s opening of the Great Kills Friendship
Club in our borough and continued to work closely with the Department for the
Aging opening six additional Friendship Clubs spread throughout Staten Island.
The Friendship Clubs are:
Great Kills Friendship Club
Todt Hill Friendship Club
Arrochar Friendship Club
Mount Loretto Friendship Club
New Dorp Beach Friendship Club
Berry Houses Friendship Club
Anne B. McGarvey was responsible for starting transportation services to and from
our centers, shopping and recreation. The Friendship Clubs serve over 214,365
meals per year and provide over 46,000 rides.
Her career spanned 24 years working for our Borough’s seniors, opening Centers
which provided nutritious meals, educational programs and recreational activities.
Her foresight in the needs of seniors has enriched their lives. Her legacy will live
on for future generations.
The Staten Island Friendship Clubs consists of six (6) centers, which addresses Senior Citizen need throughout Staten Island. These centers are located in: Arrochar; Berry Houses; Great Kills; Mount Loretto; New Dorp Beach; and Todt Hill. The centers are open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. servicing the needs of over 3500 seniors enrolled in our program. To assist their transportation needs we service them by a fleet of ten (10) buses. At the centers we provide various activities (Bingo, cards, pool, ceramics, etc) and serve approximately 5,875 meals (breakfast and lunch) per week. They are funded under a contract with the NYC Department of the Aging as part of the older Americans Act Program administrated by the NYS office for the Aging