Deborah Gross, LMSW, is the Program Director of the Hudson Community Project: Safe at Home and brings over 25 years of experience in the field of aging to the position. As a graduate of Barnard College with a BA in Sociology, Deborah then received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 1993. Inspired by her experiences of living with and helping to care for her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, she has devoted the entirety of her professional career to community based programs for seniors, with the focus on providing comprehensive supports which enable people to age with grace, dignity, and safety in their own homes.
She spent over 15 years in the field of medical model adult day health care programs, first as a senior social worker at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale and then as the Assistant Director/Director of Social Work at the Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester, working with both frail elderly clients and their caregiving family members. She then ventured into the field of geriatric care management in the case management department of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, helping to provide homebound seniors on the East Side of New York City with the services they need to remain in the community.
Deborah is a proud resident of the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and serves on the board of her synagogue as the head of the Membership Committee. Her favorite pastime is singing — whether it is through community theater productions, leading services in her synagogue, playing gigs with her band at various venues throughout the tri-state area, or especially singing old classic standards with the seniors.
Deborah is honored to be a part of the YM&YWHA family and looks forward to continuing to help as many seniors as possible remain "Safe at Home."