S: Susan Hoskins - First ten years, Executive Director, Princeton Senior Resource Center
BC: We look forward to your next ten years!
FC: Susan Hoskins | Celebrating her first ten years as Executive Director of Princeton Senior Resource Center June, 2012
1: Thank you Susan! | Susan Hoskins is the heart of PSRC. | Her personal kindness helped me during the period when my husband was dying of cancer. | I knew - I knew when I first met you - that you would be great- just the right person for the job. | You are an inspiration to all that have had the opportunity to work with you. | Simply put, Susan gets it! Better yet...gets it done!!! | I benefited from two different support groups she facilitated for caregivers, and she was available 24/7 to provide support and wisdom. | Susan is truly PSRC - Professional, Socially conscious, Responsive, Caring - to Staff, Clients, and Community. | Susan's knowledge, compassion and experience helped us choose a perfect place for Mom. | Engaged, intelligent, resourceful, caring -- and ethical. What a great combination! | Susan has been Ms. Fix-it. She mends broken hearts and fulfills dreams. | Susan weaves compassion, strategic smarts, organizing genius, and tremendous commitment all together into every thing she does. | Throughout its past ten years, with Susan at the helm, PSRC has in, numberless ways, enriched my life.
2: Oh, what a time it was.
4: It was a time of... | Seven years ago I paid a visit, PSRC, What was it? A gal named Susan gave me the scoop, And invited me to get in the loop, I came, I saw and wanted to know more, She filled me in on the aging score, Saying that dignity, caring, and understanding was what the aging need, Planted a seed. Susan is PSRC, Caring and daring, Courteous to Staff, Clients and Town, We are lucky to have her around. Ten years here, She has earned the cheer, We give her tonight, To recognize her mission for the aging to fight. Albert Stark
6: Susan’s success at PSRC is not really a surprise. When she came to us as a candidate for Executive Director, she brought the experience, energy and focus we needed. With 20 years as a clinical social worker, background as an administrator as well as extra studies in gerontology, it was a great match. We have never been disappointed. Susan’s leadership skills, her appreciation of good ideas and ability to put them into action tell a story of remarkable changes in PSRC. Her acute awareness of individual needs and strengths has made it possible for her and the other personnel to enhance dignity and personal progress and enjoyment for many people. We have all benefited from the guidance of the board, the ideas Susan has incorporated from professional resources, and her imagination and desire to implement new directions. Her view that PSRC is a work in progress has led this organization to ever-growing heights. Susan, we appreciate you and congratulate you. Billie Emmerich | innocence...
7: Dear Susan, I knew - I knew when I first met you- that you would be great - just the right person for the job. It was a privilege for me as personnel chairman of the Board to be able to watch your interaction with the staff and public with all kinds of issues. Never were you short with anyone - always warm and caring, (leveraging??) your strength, personality and values - you have built the resource center into a vital part of the community. On a personal level I am so proud of you and the work that you do. With Love, Ruth Besser
8: a time of heartache... | Susan, We very much appreciate what you have done to make PSRC such a warm welcoming place for us. Since we have no family here – Georges; sons are in Arizona and Alaska – we are especially grateful. We also appreciate your friendly acceptance of George’s caregiver, even though she is not yet a “senior.” Thank you and Best wishes, George Briggs and Barbara Pitcher | When my husband became ill and it was clear that I would need some help in caring for him, I went to Susan Hoskins to see what resources in the community might be available to me. She listened patiently and gave me several suggestions and most importantly she put me in touch with Susan Friedman and the Senior Center's Home Friends program. We were paired with a wonderful home friend who came once a week and Susan Friedman called regularly to see how I was doing even after my husband died. Hats off to Susan Hoskin's and the Senior Resource Center, you are truly a community treasure. Barbara Trelstad President Princeton Borough Council | Susan, You have changed how people age in Princeton with your compassion. You are truly interested in each and every person who walks through the door. I appreciate how you always ask how my mother is doing. All of us here are blessed by you being the director and hope that you continue for at least another ten years. Jill Reitschmied, Home health care aid for George Briggs
9: Shortly after I joined the Board of PSRC, it became clear that my mother could no longer remain in her home of 50 years. I reached out to Susan Hoskins for guidance in understanding what options my mother had. It can be overwhelming, but Susan helped us better understand my Mom’s concerns (and ours), and laid out alternatives for us so we could analyze our options. Susan’s knowledge, compassion and experience helped us choose a perfect place for Mom. As President of the Board of Trustees for two years, I’ve been impressed by the ways Susan stays on top of emerging issues, trends, and the nitty-gritty of how things work or don’t work for the benefit of seniors. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of “aging” issues, and has been an enormous resource on all things “senior” for the extended Princeton community. Under Susan's leadership, we have raised the profile of PSRC. Dave Saltzman
10: Susan, I had worked with you for over 7 years of the 10 and I can say the organization has grown due mainly due to your leadership, guidance and perseverance. You have helped so many people in the community, the board and on your team in so many ways. You are an inspiration to all that have had the opportunity to work with you. I want to thank you for your compassion in all you do and your preparedness for the position you have held for ten years now. A warm person as well as a great leader is hard to come by. We are fortunate. Respectfully, Eric Lear (past board member and treasurer) | Susan Hoskins tirelessly devotes herself to transforming people’s ability to cope with their challenges through her counsel and her knowledge of resources. My husband and I were two beneficiaries: He was declining perplexingly, both cognitively and physically. She gave us a referral to the best resource for his situation in the region, up in New Brunswick--where we got our first accurate diagnosis despite years of attempts, then I benefited from two different support groups she facilitated for caregivers, and she was available 24/7 to provide support and wisdom on an as-needed basis. She was lovingly supportive as a professional and as a friend over the last five years of my husband’s prolonged decline through Parkinson’s disease. Sylvia Stengle | a time of confidence...
11: All of Princeton is so very fortunate to have Susan as PSRC's Executive Director. Simply put, Susan gets it! Better yet.....gets it done!!! Best to all, Tom Stange | Susan continues to impress me at every interaction. Recently, for example, she shepherded the inspirational seminar at which the woman from Afghanistan and others shared their experiences. As another example, following a presentation on legal aspects of domestic partners -- and remember, this applies to elders as well as same-sex -- she followed-up with beneficiary-provisions of the PSRC plan. Engaged, intelligent, resourceful, caring -- and ethical. What a great combination. Rebecca Esmi | During the time that I served as the New Jersey Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly, I was often invited to speak to consumer groups. So I was not surprised when one of my volunteers, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, asked me to speak on a Fall Saturday to a group at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. I had spoken at senior centers before, usually to groups of 10 or 12, politely seated on metal folding chairs. As soon as I arrived in the parking lot, I knew something was different about this senior center. The lot was jammed, cars were overflowing into Morven. There was activity, people coming and going; exhibitors setting up their tables; Life! I walked into the Fall Conference and was introduced to the individual who was quite obviously the source of the spirit that pervaded the day – Susan Hoskins. When I left that morning, I knew, “I’m coming back here.” Years later, I met Susan again at a different event. She asked if I would like to have lunch, and we set a date. Lunch was an invitation to serve on the Board, one that I could not possibly decline. Susan is a sort of natural generator of life, vigor and caring. She is impossible to resist, and meeting her is always a bright spot in my day. Bill Isele, Board President 2011-2013
12: a time of... | The PSRC was founded in 1974, and for the next 28 years it certainly did good things. But, in 2002 it hired Susan Hoskins as its Executive Director, and everything changed. Suddenly there were activities such as Aerobics, iPhone, drawing, chair exercise, wordplay, intro PowerPoint, chair yoga, literature, computer lab, bridge/Mah Jongg, memoir writing, encore careers, widow support, contract bridge, intro iPad, sex & aging, art show openings, navigating retirements, tax help, bereavement, blood pressure, domestic partners, knit wits, group drumming. Recently about 1000 people participated in these and other activities every week. She also manages an organization that provides social services to over 125 people every week. She is both unique and real. Susan is a perfect manager for PSRC, and we have to thank the committee that ten years ago understood that and hired her. We also look forward to her next ten years, and hopefully even more. Jack Tomlinson | Elliott and I moved from Long Island to Princeton six years ago. I felt that moving from friends and family was a difficult adjustment and will be forever grateful that there was a place like PSRC we could go to. When I first attended a program at PSRC, Susan Hoskins asked me what I would like to do. I said that I would like to be placed in a classroom. I became a GrandPal and for the last five years have read weekly to children at Littlebrook School Susan has been Ms. Fix-it. She mends broken hearts and fulfills dreams. Now PSRC has taken on my husband and he loves it there, too. Lenore Sylvan
13: I've known Susan since she arrived at PSRC-- first as a welcoming presence behind the scenes of the Exercise class-- the class that changed my life. Then, as I became involved in the early days of the Evergreen Forum, I appreciated Susan's encouragement of the program-- helping us deal with our growing pains. Her personal kindness helped me during the period when my husband was dying of cancer. She is a friend-- good to hang out with as well to work with on IMPORTANT ISSUES. With love, Edie Jeffrey
14: What a pleasure it has been to watch how Susan Hoskins has nurtured and grown PSRC! Susan weaves compassion, strategic smarts, organizing genius, and tremendous commitment all together into everything she does -- it is rare to bring all these strengths together, and our great fortune that Susan does it so well. Inclusiveness is a byword for Susan -- reaching out to all seniors in our community with diverse social and support needs, finding ways to open doors for all. As a former board member, I got to see firsthand how Susan viewed both the big picture and the meaningful details, how well she represents PSRC in the community, and how beautifully she involves volunteers and collaborates with staff and lay leaders. As a fellow social worker, I have appreciated Susan's insights in watching her lead groups, bringing community care providers together to improve services, working together to address hard-to-meet needs and provide support. As a friend, let me just say Susan is FUN, warm, and caring. While our time together has grown too infrequent, it always feels like we pick up as if we'd seen each other yesterday. I cherish that and am grateful for her friendship. Now about that lunch... With gratitude and love, Liz Cohen | friends... | Susan Hoskins is the heart of PSRC. I have been a member of Hannah Fenik’s art class since its inception - before that, truth be known, I first joined when Pam organized the huge watercolor class many years ago. Susan has always been very supportive. Without that support I doubt that art would have taken hold. It has now culminated in the student art show a fabulous undertaking- thanks in great part to Susan’s continuing support. We are all too fortunate to have the leadership afforded by Susan Hoskins. Yours Truly, Eleanor Marshall See the May 2012 issue of “Mature Princeton”.
15: Throughout its past ten years with Susan Hoskins at the helm, the Senior Resource Center has, in numberless ways, enriched my life. Friendships have formed through idea-sharing programs such as "Let's Talk" and the transportation-improvement project; linking up with caring and talented high school kids and with little "grand-kids" has been deeply gratifying: guidance and assistance from staff has been at hand whenever needed. Oh, there are too many rewarding and gratefully received examples to enumerate. Simply stated, these years have been very good years for me, and the Senior Center has done much to make it so. Sue Bishop | Susan really is PSRC for many of those who are actively engaged as participants, volunteers and employees. Her warmth, enthusiasm, energy and dedication draw people to PSRC. As one board member put it, "We are no longer a well-kept secret" thanks to Susan's visibility and activity in the community. And behind the scenes, Susan effectively and efficiently handles the complexity and challenges of the very demanding role of Director. This includes oversight of the agency, staff, budget, programs, activities, fund raising, technology and strategic planning. How lucky we are to have all that talent in one very special person! Ruth Bronzan
18: I have a photograph.
19: Brunch at Home 2012