Sharing Network

The problem of social isolation in older adults was made worse during the course the pandemic, particularly for those without internet access. In response, One Community launched a project aimed at alleviating the problem, particularly as it effects homebound, older people of color living in public housing in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. As pandemic restrictions lessened, it became clear that the issue of social isolation for homebound seniors would continue and the Sharing Network was needed to continue meeting this need for  chronically homebound seniors.

The Sharing Network offers moderator-led discussion groups accessible by phone on a variety of topics. Groups no larger than eight meet for an hour weekly for five sessions. The emphasis for these groups is to facilitate connection for those lacking contact with the world to enjoy intelligent and friendly exchange and to improve their sense of wellbeing.

When one Sharing Network group got together to meet each other for the first time, the importance of the program became clear to everyone watching. Though they've talked in Pam Mondezie's social hour group weekly for months, they had never met in person and were eager to see what their friends looked like. Whether in person or over the phone, they were fast friends, enjoying a lunch at Junior's in Downtown Brooklyn rather than their usual phone call . Learn more as Eyewitness News ABC7NY captured the story.

Credit: Eyewitness News for ABC7NY

Do you know a senior who should try the Sharing Network?

For information and to sign up, call 347-773-4768. Spaces are available, join now.

Our newest groups include the following:
  • Art with Friends at the Brooklyn Museum
  • Let's Talk Social Hour
  • In the Kitchen
  • Our Life Stories​​
  • Christian Women's Fellowship
  • Spinning the Oldies
  • Elders and Experts
  • Crocheting
  • Black and Brown Power in the Brooklyn 
  • Bible Study
  • Gospel Music
  • Brain Power Hour, Trivia and Games
  • Stretch it Out
  • Spinning the Oldies, in Spanish
  • Old Testament Study
  • Sing Along with Jeff
And more coming soon! Let us know what you want to see next.

Past groups include:
  • Chair Yoga
  • Philosophy
  • Let's Get Away, Travel Memories
  • English Learner's Conversations
  • Dance for Fun and Exercise
  • Relaxation, Meditation, and Yoga
  • Planning for the Holidays
  • The Way We Wore, Style and Fashion
  • Moving and Stretching
  • LGBTQ+ Brooklyn History
  • Healthy Aging and Living
  • Latinx Experience in NYC
Are you a good host?
We are seeking moderators who can speak compellingly about topics that they know about. Moderators should have an interest in connecting with older people and have the skills needed to create safe, supportive spaces where older people will feel valued and heard. Those skills include patience, the ability to present a topic and to listen closely to people without the aid of visual cues. Moderators will be expected to organize an hourly session, once a week for five weeks. Volunteers will also attend a one-hour training session, designed around introducing the technology used and a discussion of methods that are useful for creating an atmosphere conducive to discussion.  
Volunteers are sought to lead groups on these topics (and other topics that volunteers suggest): 
  • Meditation
  • Antiracism and racial justice 
  • Civil Rights icons and history 
  • Sports
  • Yoga and movement 
  • Makeup and skincare 
  • Cooking
  • R&B and Soul
  • Jazz 
  • Gospel music
  • Name that tune 
  • Dance party
  • Making art at home 
  • Structural impediments to justice 
We want to hear from you, too! Pitch us your idea for a great Sharing Network group.
Call 347-773-4768 or email to express your interest.
We look forward to hearing from you!