Maria Brown and Mary Helen McNeal partner with Vera House in Preventing Elder Abuse Project

Maria Brown (SWK), Mary Helen McNeal, Vera House. 10/01/2020 – 09/30/2023

Vera House in collaboration with Maria Brown, Research Assistant Professor in Social Work and Aging Studies Institute and Mary Helen McNeal, Professor in College of Law, will establish the Expanding CORE (Community-Based Options to Respond to Elder Abuse) Program in three apartment buildings in Syracuse. Communities served by the Department of Justice Expanding CORE Program are low-income, racially and ethnically diverse, and represent a significant population of English as a Second Language speakers. New services offered will include weekly community building peacemaking circles among residents and service providers; resident education; and exploration of a range of interventions with residents including restorative justice options, civil legal assistance, and the use of an Abuse in Later Life Case Manager to work with residents to develop creative solutions to address elder abuse, including making referrals to other service providers.