We Provide Hands-On Care To Scots In Need
The Almoner Program continues the work of the Society's original mission to support those of Scottish birth or descent who are in need. Through this program, financial assistance is provided to the elderly, the terminally ill, the disabled, individuals, families and children in crisis.
The Almoner's Committee works with social service organizations to identify recipients. Stipend recipients receive financial assistance in addition to personal support from our social worker and committee members.
The Almoner's Committee continues its daily commitment to providing hands-on care to Scots in need.
The Barker Fund
Established in 2013, The Barker Fund is a grant-giving platform within Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, made possible by a generous bequest by late Society member Charles Barker. In keeping with the directive of Mr. Barker and the traditions of the Society, grants from fund are given to deserving organizations that benefit communities or populations in need, especially the elderly and those of Scottish descent. Grants are awarded from the endowment fund to support vital programs and initiatives in the New York tri-state area.
On May 9 2019, Search and Care, a non-profit organization providing assistance to the elderly, was approved for a grant from the Barker Fund.
Starting as a church outreach program in 1972, Search and Care, a New York State 501(c)(3) since 1975, assists any older adult aged 65-plus, regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, or economic capabilities. Their mission to “provide older people the support and companionship they require to maintain their cherished independence” remains unchanged. Their clients are increasingly frail, homebound and isolated, living primarily in 50-plus blocks of the senior-rich Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, and East Harlem communities (from East 86th to East 138th Streets; Fifth Ave to the East River). Through Social Work/Care Management and other ancillary services, this organization works to ensure our vulnerable older neighbors can age safely in their homes for as long as it is feasible.
Search and Care provides vital services like Homecare which helps with shopping, decluttering, laundering, cooking, and ensuring clients’ safe hospital-to-home reintegration. Another vital service is Medical Escorting which provides carefully vetted, caring escorts to safely accompany seniors to/from the home and vital physician appointments.
The Society’s yearly grant to Search and Care is a welcome benefit for our older neighbors.