As a strengths-based organization, Neighborhood SHOPP's mission is based on the philosophy of self help and mutual assistance. We believe that older people are resilient, that they are capable of helping themselves and others improve their capacity to deal with the physical, emotional, social and financial challenges they face as they age. Using the strengths perspective encourages Neighborhood SHOPP staff to incorporate the strengths of our clients, families, friends, and community to make independent living a possibility. Furthermore, we believe that informal social systems of support, defined as structured human attachments among kin, neighbors, friends, and members of voluntary associations, are crucial in providing a buffer against the negative consequences of aging and environmental stressors.
In response, we have developed a unique model—The SHOPP Self Help Model—which utilizes social group work methods grounded in the strengths perspective, as away of promoting mutual aid within informal support systems and empowering older adults. We believe that this model offers unique intervention strategies for enhancing quality of life by creating community supports and services that re-establish caring, ongoing support networks for vulnerable elderly.
Consequently, Neighborhood SHOPP's philosophy of self help and mutual assistance is translated into programs which empower older persons through knowledge, support, stimulation, and motivation. With SHOPP's involvement, older persons are provided with opportunities to achieve their potential by strengthening their social support systems, improving their quality of life and becoming stakeholders in their own communities.
Founded in 1980 and incorporated in 1981, Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project, Inc. (SHOPP) is a non-profit multiservice agency, serving over 3,000 Hispanic, African-American and West Indian-Caribbean and other older Bronx residents a year. While our central office is located in Bronx Community Board District 2, we have 35 off site service locations in almost every community board district in the Bronx.
The purposes of Neighborhood SHOPP, as set forth in the agency's By-Laws are: