SAN DIEGO – Jan. 17, 2011 – Senior Community Centers, a national model for senior service providers, received a $62,000 grant by the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The San Diego Foundation. The one-year grant, which began on Jan. 1, 2011, will focus outreach on two target populations. The first groups are isolated seniors living in hotels, apartments, and homeless shelters who are not aware that wellness services are available nearby. The second group are Chinese-speaking seniors who, because they do not speak or read English, are not participating in the wellness programs, case management services and enrichment activities at Senior Community Centers’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.
“This grant could not have come at a better time for the local senior population,” says Paul Downey, CEO and president, Senior Community Centers. “With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day combined with the Governor’s expected cuts to health and human service programs, Senior Community Centers helps to fill the financial gap for seniors and provides them with compassionate programs and services.”
As part of the grant, Senior Community Centers will partner with the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) to hire a part-time bachelor-level Chinese social worker to provide case management to the targeted Chinese group, ensuring they receive a level of assistance similar to the organization’s English-speaking clients. Currently, Chinese-speaking seniors represent 15 percent of the total seniors served at the West Senior Wellness Center.
Funding for this program was provided by the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The San Diego Foundation. The charitable purpose of the Del Mar Healthcare Fund us to improve the quality of life for older adults in San Diego County with respect to housing, health and financial security needs.
About Senior Community Centers
Founded in 1970, Senior Community Centers is a nonprofit agency transforming the aging experience for San Diego seniors through nutrition, health and wellness services, advocacy and transitional and supportive housing that increase the quality of life for seniors living in poverty and allowing them to live independently for as long as possible. The organization has been skillfully led for more than15 years by Chief Executive Officer and President Paul Downey, who is also the president of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the California Nutrition Coalition. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities or more information, please visit www.servingseniors.org, Facebook or Twitter, or call (619) 235-6572.