Glenwood Presbyterian Church, a white steeple New England Colonial, closed October 2015. Its legacy included helping create the fire department located across the street and providing a faith home for many area residents tracing back to 1872, when “Glenwood Landing was then just what its name implies, a few houses and a good dock.”
The church helped start Glenwood Arts before closing. Glenwood Arts successfully engaged a larger, more diverse population of the North Shore through cooperative, creative community events and projects. Unfortunately, the existing church congregation did not have the means left to help facilitate this new venture.
The Long Island Presbytery, current owner of the church property, sought a partnership to avoid being forced to quickly sell to the highest bidder, earning some developer a quick profit, unknown future for the building and property values, and loss of a historical communal gathering place. Instead the Long Island Presbytery reached out to United Adult Ministries (UAM), a non-profit that “offers older adults hope, through expanding opportunities and practical services, to live confidently in today’s world.” UAM, originating in 1916 by eight Brooklyn women to care for mothers widowed by World War I, agreed to partner and envision new uses for the property.
The focus quickly became to repurpose the unique space, honoring its past, by resurrecting a communal refuge from home and work. A nonsectarian place to harness community talents and passions to be more inclusive, collaborative, and diverse than is possible for just a single place of faith. A commitment was made to renovate several sections of the building for immediate use and recast the old building as the “Glenwood Life Center (GLC) - A Communal Place for Spirituality, Wellness, The Arts, and Understanding!"
The Glenwood Life Center is a truly collaborative endeavor. Each of these leaders has been developing GLC on a part-time basis. Therefore, engaging others, like yourself, to be involved is imperative to the long-term success and sustainability of GLC in the North Shore community.
Glenwood Life Center
Nancy manages the GLC building development, through ongoing renovations, as well as the progress towards a sustainable business plan, ongoing budget, and strategic partners. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for United Adult Ministries (UAM) and Flushing House, with over 20 years of experience, Nancy has been honored by NYAHSA for her outstanding dedication to older adults. Nancy's leading the expansion of UAM's mission of service from Queens to Long Island through the GLC. Nancy has a graduate degree in Aging Services, Leadership, Management and Policy and serves as a board member of the Center for the Woman of New York.
Glenwood Life Center
Bryce, "the boots on the ground," creatively invites people to collaborate and become co-creators at GLC. Bryce encourages the joyful, intentional, and life-giving culture organically growing within GLC. As a former Chemistry teacher, coach, youth leader, and independent Medicare insurance agent, Bryce has a unique skillset to build intergenerational community. Bryce represents the Presbytery of Long Island at GLC by developing opportunities for intergenerational interactions, to overcome isolation, build community, grow creatively, and be social across culture and age. Being from a family of educators instilled in Bryce the importance of investing in and caring for others.
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