Senior Supportive Services:
The IHA employs a Case Manager for Elderly/Disabled whose main purpose is to link Titus residents to supportive services needed to achieve self-sufficiency in an effort to keep them living independently longer with a high quality of life. For example, the Case Manager may arrange for an aide to assist a resident with laundry and light housekeeping or assist with obtaining congregate meals or food stamps. The Case Manager ensures that the services to residents are provided on a regular, ongoing, and satisfactory basis. Many residents take advantage of these free services, and the IHA is pleased to be able to offer these vital services to its residents.
Northside After-School Program
IHA partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program to provide an after-school program at the Northside Community Center during the academic school year. The program runs Wednesday through Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm. A computer lab is available and the students may receive homework help. In addition, fun and interesting field trips are taken, the Physics Bus visits regularly, and there are plenty of hands-on creative activities. Children living in any IHA developments may participate.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program
IHA’s Northside Community Center is a host site for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, whose mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Program runs on most Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a majority of the academic school year. Staff and volunteers provide recreational and educational activities, including science projects, cooking workshops, performances and outdoor fun! Any children living in all three IHA Family Site properties may participate. For more information about the BB/BS Program, click here.
Summer Feeding Program
The IHA offers a FREE summer feeding program at the Northside Community Center through a partnership with the Ithaca City School District. The program starts the week after school lets out and ends the week before school starts in an effort to provide meals throughout the entire summer. Breakfast is served between 8:00am – 10:30am and a hot lunch is served between 11:00am – 1:30pm. All children the age of 18 and under are served regardless of where they live; they do not have to be a public housing resident. Typically, the program ends with a pizza party and ice cream social. Children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult or child who is 12 years or older.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Mobile Food Pantry visits Titus Towers each month from the Foodbank of the Southern Tier. The food truck typically contains fresh produce, dairy products, and other food and grocery products. When the truck arrives at Titus, IHA staff and resident volunteers place the food on tables surrounding the truck. The residents are then able to “shop,” choosing items that they need. This is open to anyone; you do not need to be a Titus resident to participate.
Click here for more information about the Foodbank. IHA supports the vision of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, which is committed to creating a future without hunger where access to healthy food by all is recognized as fundamental to the well-being and success of individuals and the foundation of a strong, vibrant society.