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The Amity Program

Hattie Shapard

New York

The Amity Program's mission is to increase intergenerational interaction through our four branches. The current four branches include a pen-pal program, telephone correspondence program, art box program and card-making initiative.


Updates from The Amity Project


June, 2021
Hattie Shapard founded the Amity Program in February of 2020 to increase intergenerational interaction and subsequently reduce senior isolation.

The Amity Program's mission is to increase intergenerational interaction through our four branches. The first branch connects students with senior citizens through a pen-pal program. The second branch connects students with senior citizens through a telephone correspondence program. The third branch, our art box program, provides art supplies to senior citizens in particular those with dementia with a prompt. The fourth branch–our card-making initiative–sends homemade cards to seniors.

The genesis of the Amity Program came from Hattie's interactions with one lonely senior and a realization that engagement and dialogue across generations are beneficial to both parties. Based on feedback from seniors, their family members, and caregivers the Amity Program feels that we are fulfilling the objective and look forward to working with Riley’s Way to continue our work.