This week's New Yorker followed in her mother's footsteps to create decades of fun for a diverse group of people. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report, which was shot, written and edited by Rachel Smith.
Singing, dancing, playing. It's the scene almost every Saturday morning at St. Savior's Church in Park Slope.
Leading the way is Lizi Moses. She organizes a group of volunteers who run a two-hour recreation program for New Yorkers with physical or mental challenges.
"This is kind of the best part of my week in so many ways," she says.
It's officially known as the Saturday Morning Fun Program. Those who know it best call it "Mary Lou's program" after its original leader, Lizi's mother.
NY1 honored Mary Lou Moses as our New Yorker of the Week in 1995 for her work with the same group.
After Mary Lou passed away, Lizi continued a tradition that began in the 1970s.
"I've known some of the individuals who come here since I was a teenager 'cause they came to the program when my mother was in charge," she says. "When I was a teenager volunteering, they were teenagers, and now we're both very old. (laughs)"
The new generation of volunteers includes teenagers like Tarah Fitzgerald, who's been helping out for eight years.
"I've known Lizi my entire life. She's basically family to me at this point," Fitzgerald says. "She is someone who's just so loving and caring, and she's always, just wants to make the world better every single day."
On Saturdays, she does.
"You think that you're doing something for someone else, but really, you get back so much more in return," Lizi Moses says.
It's a feeling passed down from her mom.
"It's a nice good feeling of gratification," Mary Lou Moses said in 1995. "All of my life, I'll probably be doing it until the end."
So, for keeping Mary Lou's program going strong for a new generation, Lizi Moses is the latest New Yorker of the Week.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the Saturday Morning Fun Program, call St. Saviou's Church in Park Slope at 718-768-4055.