A Donor Makes a Difference

New York has always been known as a sprawling metropolis that can sometimes seem impersonal and overwhelming; but, when you get down to the heart of the city, the people living here have truly found a community. They know that to be a New Yorker means to share something, and when an organization proves itself as an integral part of the community, its neighbors will share of themselves to ensure its vital work reaches those in need.

That's why, when Greenwich House Board member Diane Connal Koeppel heard that the Senior Health and Consultation Center run by Greenwich House was in need of new funding as it faced the possibility of limiting its services, she and her husband Gerard Koeppel decided to donate $50,000 to the organization so that it could continuing operating at capacity.

"We have an obligation to take care of the people who helped build our community in Greenwich Village and to foster the next generation of residents," says Ms. Koeppel, who has lived in New York since she was 18.

While the Koeppels had previously been active members at the Greenwich House Arts programs—the Pottery and Music schools are just two of the diverse programs offered through the organization—they became involved with the Senior Health and Consultation Center when a close family friend became ill.

"Greenwich House saves these people," says Ms. Koeppel. "She was desperate and they came to the rescue.” Ms. Koeppel sought the aide of the Senior Health and Consultation Center when she discovered a close family friend had fallen into dire straits.

“Unbeknownst to anyone, she began to miss doctor’s appointments and had not been receiving proper healthcare. Living alone, her condition began to deteriorate,” Ms. Koeppel said. When they realized how bad things had become, Ms. Koeppel immediately reached out to Judy Jones, the Director of the Senior Health and Consultation Center to see if they could intervene.

Greenwich House's Senior Health and Consultation Center brings mental-health and medical workers to home-bound seniors with the goal to help them remain in their neighborhoods and out of nursing homes.

 “I was amazed at how quickly things turned around for her,” she remarked. “They came in and immediately addressed her medical situation, and then set up regular visits to help maintain her apartment and ensure her continued safety.”

The family’s donation is among the largest that the organization has received from the private sector. Ms. Koeppel feels that her contribution is a way for her family to recognize the contributions that Greenwich House has made to the community.

“It has helped to instill a love of the arts in both of my children, and now has come to the rescue of a dear friend in her later years. Thousands of people, both young and old, rely on Greenwich House to enrich their lives. This is just one way to give back.”

Read the Wall Street Journal’s Donor of the Day story covering the donation.

About Greenwich House

Greenwich House is a registered 501 c(3) organization and a member of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York. If you are interested in learning more about the network of settlement houses and the work they do, click here

Greenwich House is proud to be a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.

Greenwich House is proud to be a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency.

Greenwich House is a proud member of FPWA. 

Greenwich House is a proud member of Behavioral Health Agencies.  

Support Greenwich House


Receive updates on goings on "Around the House"

Contact Greenwich House

Greenwich House
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014