SAN DIEGO – April 23, 2018 – Serving Seniors has received a lead gift from La Jolla residents and longtime Serving Seniors supporters Marge and Neal Schmale to name the organization’s latest affordable senior housing project in Ramona. Scheduled to open spring 2019, the Schmale Family Senior Residence will provide 62 affordable units of critically needed housing for low-income seniors.
“Marge and Neal believe all seniors deserve a safe place to live,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Serving Seniors. “Their generosity will ensure that residents have a safety net of support services to keep them in the building for a long time. We are honored by their kindness and commitment to seniors in need.”
Marge Schmale joined the Serving Seniors’ Board of Directors in 2003 and served as board chair from 2007 to 2010. The Schmales will be honored guests at the complex’s groundbreaking on April 26.
“For many years, Neal and I have witnessed the exemplary work of Serving Seniors and the tremendous impact it has had improving the lives of vulnerable seniors,” said Marge Schmale. “We know affordable housing is the most important need for those in poverty and we couldn’t be more delighted to be part of this project.”
Developed by Serving Seniors in partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, the Schmale Family Senior Residence is located at 430 16th Street in Ramona and will feature 62 one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with onsite supportive services. The complex would not be a reality without the strong support of County Supervisor Dianne Jacob who helped secure $1.84 million in funding from San Diego County.
The Schmale Family Senior Residence is the third senior residence building developed and managed by Serving Seniors, which also operates communities for low-income seniors in Downtown San Diego and City Heights.
Serving Seniors continues to fundraise for the Schmale Family Senior Residence. If you would like to get involved or discuss other available naming opportunities, please call 619-487-0701 or visit www.servingseniors.org. Anyone interested in becoming a resident when it opens next year can call 760-239-6673 to be placed on the interest list.
About Serving Seniors
Serving Seniors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1970, the organization meets its mission by offering a coordinated wellness model addressing many senior issues under one roof. Through its collaborative partnerships, Serving Seniors is able to provide nutrition, case management, care coordination, mental health services, lifelong learning, transitional housing for homeless seniors, and permanent supportive housing. This safety net of services encourages seniors to live healthier lives by facilitating successful aging. As a result, seniors stay out of emergency rooms, spend fewer days in hospitals and delay and/or eliminate the need for long-term care.
Since its inception, Serving Seniors has served over 11 million meals. Every year, the organization provides nearly 600,000 meals to seniors at 9 congregate dining sites across the county, delivers two meals daily to more than 500 homebound seniors and houses nearly 500 seniors. Nearly 5,000 San Diego seniors rely on Serving Seniors every year.
Serving Seniors has been skillfully led for more than 23 years by President and CEO Paul Downey. Downey is the past chair and two-time appointed commissioner of the California Commission on Aging and past president of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). He currently serves on the boards of the American Society on Aging (ASA), the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board and the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. Serving Seniors has been named a Top Workplace for the last five years by the San Diego Union-Tribune. For more information, please visit www.servingseniors.org, Facebook or Twitter, or call 619-487-0701.