The Social Service Unit provides comprehensive services to both ambulatory and homebound individuals who reside on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The programs include assistance which benefits and entitlements, advocacy, supportive counseling, daily money management and end-of-life planning. Referrals are made to supportive serves including home care services, home-delivered meals and socialization opportunities that enable the older individual to remain in their home safely and maintain a high quality-of-life. We also hold monthly group meetings for support, discussions, and socialization activities.
 Our catchment area is 57th to 96th Street, Fifth Avenue to the East River.

For further information on the Social Service Unit please contact:
Mary Dodd


Support & Discussion groups

The Social Service Unit (SSU) offers various groups for support, discussion, and socialization. Through these groups, seniors can gather in a safe and welcoming environment to share experiences and advice. These groups can help seniors cope with stress and feel less isolated as it provides opportunities to connect with others facing similar challenges or develop friendships with those who have similar interests. 

The Bird group 

The Bird Group explores Central Park in the Spring and Fall when the migrant birds coming through the park are beautiful and numerous. Led by "the Bird Nerd," participants learn about migration patterns, how to find birds and the identity of the various birds that stop over to rest in the park as well as year round residents. 

The majority of the walk occurs in the Ramble. With its many beautiful trees, it's an environment that is suitable for birds. The walk through the Ramble requires an ability to navigate some hills and some uneven ground. The walk itself is leisurely and lasts about 2 hours with opportunities to rest. Suitable walking shoes are required and binoculars are optional. Seniors 60 and over, of all bird levels, are welcome. 

Please contact Melissa Berube by phone at 212-879-7400 or by email at berubem@carterburdennetwork.org for further information. 


Andrew Fund

The Carter Burden Network's Andrew Fund was created in 1994 by an anonymous CBN Board Member in honor of her late, beloved Yorkie named Andrew. The Andrew Fund provides assistance to New York seniors who need help caring for their pets by offering one-time or short-term assistance with boarding, veterinary bills, food, spay-neuter, and more.

The Andrew Fund is only available to Carter Burden Network clients.

Please contact Mary Dodd by phone at 212-879-7400 or by email at doddm@carterburdennetwork.org for further information.