March 15, 2013
Last week, Carol celebrated her 70th birthday. Carol is one of our home-delivered meals clients and told me more than once that our senior nutrition program made a huge impact on her life.
“I don’t know how I would have survived without you because I was stuck and could not get out and go anywhere. Your food saved my life.”
Last summer, Carol fell and broke both of her shoulders. After being released from a nursing home, she was in no shape to get dressed, shower or let alone go grocery shopping or cook. The light at the end of the tunnel was a phone call to our Home-Delivered Meals Coordinator Ronda which resulted in a warm meal to be delivered to Carol the very next day.
The continuous visits of our delivery drivers caused a chain reaction on Carol’s floor: other residents came by to ask how they can help and new friendships were formed.
“When you’re shut in like me, the home delivery drivers are the only people who knock at my door.”
Carol lost 45 pounds with our balanced meals and never felt more energized. Today, Carol’s shoulders are healing nicely, her new friends are helping with grocery shopping and she feels more confident.
At Senior Community Centers, we serve over 400 home-bound clients like Carol who’s lives depend on our meal deliveries. In addition, our ten congregate dining sites are filled every single day with seniors who would otherwise not eat. We expect to serve 525,000 meals a year that are partly funded through senior nutrition programs.
If you know are in need of meals or know someone who is, please visit Senior Community Centers’ Website for more information. We are here to help.
November 17, 2011
Members of Congress regularly cite the important work done by non-profit organizations to bridge the gap between government programs and actual community need. Yet we have a situation where the so-called “Super Committee” is considering draconian cuts in domestic programs like senior nutrition and eliminating or reducing the charitable gift deduction for taxpayers.
How can they possibly expect charities like Senior Community Centers to protect vulnerable seniors without government funding and private donations? The situation has devolved into the theater of the absurd.
To put the need in context, check out a couple of recent articles such as, “New scale finds more poverty” in the San Diego Union-Tribune and “Senior Citizens in U.S. Falling Into Poverty Faster Under Census Measure” in Bloomberg News. They illustrate how rapidly seniors are falling into poverty at higher rates. We know that the boomers aging into programs began this year. If predictions hold true, seniors will double their numbers by 2030. With the insurgence of older adults aging into programs, we must protect our ability to fundraise, especially if congress continues their path towards under-funding essential nutrition and wellness programs for seniors. We refuse to fade quietly away while the Super Committee decides to leave seniors out in the cold.
The Super Committee needs to think about the ramifications of its proposed cuts and make a clear statement in support of the charitable deduction. Please contact the members of the Super Committee and ask them to protect senior nutrition programs and charitable giving deductions.
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Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Co-Chair, Phone: 202-225-3484
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Co-Chair, Phone: 202- 224-2621
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Phone: 202- 224-2651
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) Phone: 202.225.6235
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) Phone: 202-225-3561
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) Phone: 202-225-3315
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)Phone: 202- 224-2742
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Phone: 202- 224-4521
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Phone: 202-224-3353
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Phone: 202 224-4254
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) Phone: 202 225-3761
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Phone: 202 225-5341