Joseph Gurwin was our founding President and benefactor, a kind and generous man whose dedication to philanthropy brought lasting joy and enhanced quality of life to countless people throughout the United States, and throughout the world.
Joe Gurwin came to New York from Lithuania when he was 16 years old, with only $100 in his pocket and the intention to send for his parents when he was financially able. Before he could, they perished in the Holocaust. Because he didn’t have the opportunity to care for his own parents, he and his late wife, Rosalind, embraced the chance to name the Gurwin Center, and the opportunity to help care for the parents of others.
A familiar face at the Center, Mr. Gurwin took great pride in the services Gurwin provides, always mandating that we strive to be "the best of the best." He regularly attended resident events, and was committed to enhancing the quality of life for each resident. Mr. Gurwin considered it one of his greatest achievements that his dream of caring for those who cared for us became a reality.
While Mr. Gurwin is no longer with us, his generosity will live on, not only here at Gurwin, but also throughout the world where his many projects enrich the lives of the people they serve.