Daniel Reingold, president and CEO of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, received a social entrepreneurship award from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research on Nov. 14 for spearheading the development of a short-term shelter for elder abuse victims.
The Hebrew Home’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention has provided shelter, healthcare, counseling, legal aid and other support services for those who are 60 or older since 2005. It is the nation’s first elder abuse shelter, according to the Hebrew Home.
The Manhattan Institute’s Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship singles out leaders who have founded organizations that address social challenges and rewards them with $25,000. A selection committee from the conservative think tank chose Mr. Reingold from a pool of nominees after interviewing him and visiting the elder abuse shelter.
Mr. Reingold said he was pleased to earn the award. He used it as an opportunity to raise awareness about elder abuse during his acceptance speech.
“This honor is especially meaningful because it recognizes the life-saving work of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale,” Mr. Reingold said in his speech. “Sixteen thousand older adults are victims of some form of abuse or mistreatment every day. In New York State, for every one case reported, there are 24 cases of elder abuse not reported.”
In addition to assisting elder abuse victims, the Weinberg Center has trained more than 30,000 doctors, police, firefighters, nursing students, lawyers, probation officers, teachers, clergy and judges.
The center has served as a model for six facilities across the country, according to the Hebrew Home.