August 26, 2013
Last week KPBS came by the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center to follow-up on the effect that federal across-the-board budget cuts have on low-income seniors in San Diego County.
Proposed cuts to Senior Community Centers’ Meals Program have increased to $233,000 since sequestration first became a reality in March of this year. At a cost of $2.50 per meal, these cuts leave 93,200 meals unfunded. While the gridlock in Washington to figure out the final budget is getting dangerous, Senior Community Centers is committed to serve high quality food and not turn any hungry seniors away.
Listen to the interview and find out what seniors have to say here:
August 22, 2013 – KPBS Follow-Up Interview on Sequestration
August 16, 2013
It’s been 10 years this month since Senior Community Centers first opened Potiker Family Senior Residence – an affordable housing complex in San Diego’s East Village that nearly 200 seniors call their home!
Providing access to housing has the greatest economic impact on the quality of life for many low-income seniors in San Diego. Surviving on a small fixed income to pay for rent, food and medication is no easy task and seniors are at risk of homelessness and too often begin the downward spiral from independence to institutionalization in their golden years.
(Seniors at Potiker Family Senior Residence celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary)
A handful of residents have been with us for the entire 10 years and remember my announcement in 2003 that “Market Square Manor’ (the original name of the project) is ready for move-in day. Residents recall the days when they could see the Petco Park scoreboard from the roof of our building before nearby high rises took shape.
One of our residents is Joe (77). After being homeless for 17 years, he moved into Potiker Family Senior Residence in 2003. He found a new purpose to live and became the President of the Potiker Residents Association and the Director of the Garden Club. He shared his experience at our 10 year anniversary gathering with his fellow residents:
“This place saved my life and I love living here. I am so thankful for what staff and the management company do for us. They listen and make sure our needs are addressed. We have had great outings to Balboa Park and other San Diego destinations. I am most thankful for our flourishing garden and the joy it brings me and other seniors. Our Civic Engagement group is all about fellowship, solutions and everyone – all of you – are welcome. We are family here.”
To learn more how we help at-risk seniors remain healthy and independent, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter or visit our Website.
July 31, 2013
July marked another eventful month at Senior Community Centers. We launched new senior classes, started a new fiscal year, welcomed new local businesses to our volunteer program, hosted the Civic Engagement White Elephant Summer Sale and made sure that San Diego’s seniors and volunteers have plenty of opportunities to be healthy and active participants in our vibrant community.
An annual favorite event is our Independence Day party which has been hosted by our long-term friend JR Raines for over 15 years. JR and fellow Union Bank employees served cake and punch while putting these huge smiles onto our diverse group of seniors’ faces.
(Click the picture to enlarge)
If you would like to host a party to join our dedicated team of volunteers, please visit our Volunteer Page for more information.
June 10, 2013
Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) has made a bold statement and continues to advocate that across-the-board spending cuts are unwise: “The rules Congress imposes on others should apply to us too.”
Rep. Peters announced that he will take eight percent of his Congressional salary, which equates to about $1,300 per month, and donate it to Senior Community Centers to supplement meals for at-risk seniors. There is no proof that cutting funds to senior nutrition programs saves tax dollars. On the contrary, evidence shows that providing seniors nutritionally balanced meals keeps them healthy, independent, and significantly reduces healthcare costs on the taxpayer.
Today, Rep. Peters had the opportunity to meet the beneficiaries of his exemplary gesture of support. He was welcomed at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center with a roar of applause and received genuine handshakes and words of thanks while he served lunch to the seniors.
Senior Community Centers and thousands of San Diego seniors like the ones seen in the video clip below once again say “Thank You, Congressman Scott Peters”!
April 19, 2013
April 22, 2013 marks the third anniversary of opening the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. Senior Community Centers staff, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and over 200 seniors gathered throughout the building to celebrate this home away from home.
Seniors took the stage to express their heartfelt gratitude towards Gary and Mary West as well as Senior Community Centers staff. The Dining Room, hallways and Gathering Place vibrated with positive energy and applause when I had the distinct pleasure of announcing that as of April 18, 2013, we are the proud owners of the building! Thanks to very generous supporters, we officially paid off all debt we incurred to build the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.
(Click the picture to view a short slideshow of the event)
Every day 600+ low-income seniors from all over San Diego come through our doors. The Center is home, a place where they receive companionship, support and healthy meals. Seniors feel safe because we have a zero tolerance against discrimination of any kind. I’ll leave you with a few widely-echoed sentiments that seniors said at the birthday party:
“I love coming to the Center. You treat less fortunate people with such respect that I feel human again.” ~Marcello
“I come here every day at 11 for lunch and then I stay for the afternoon activities. Everybody is so nice.” ~Lisa, 89
April 12, 2013
Our volunteers show incredible kindness and creativity to make sure the seniors we serve are having a great time. One example is our Serving Seniors Team from AECOM who not only serves lunch at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center 6-8 times per month but also included the Center in their Annual Peep-A-Palooza contest:
Angela Coriale, who is the volunteer coordinator for AECOM explains:
“Every year we have a Peep-A-Palooza contest where people build things out of peeps. This year someone (a non-volunteer) built a “Gary and Mary West Senior Peeps Center.” It won 3rd place – and the likeness is amazing!! They are even wearing our new AECOM aprons!”
Stay tuned on Facebook during the month of April for more Volunteer Highlights in honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21 -27). Happy Friday!
February 28, 2013
Francis Parker Students visited Potiker Family Senior Residence to spend time with seniors. They made Valentine’s Day Cards and played Bingo!
Thank you for a great time!
Interested in volunteering to make our seniors feel special? Click here for a list of available Volunteer Opportunities at Senior Community Centers!