HISTORY

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2014 Changed our name from Senior Community Centers to Serving Seniors to better reflect our mission of helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.

2012 Implementation of a free-standing health kiosk as part of our Passport to Health Program in cooperation with the West Health Institute and the West Foundation.

2009 Tenant improvements begin on the new wellness center in partnership with HomeAid San Diego.

2007 City Heights Square opens with 150 units of affordable, supportive housing.

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2002 Senior Community Centers, along with the County and City of San Diego form the Transitional Housing Program, a partnership providing funding for beds and support services for homeless seniors at a nearby single room occupancy (SRO) hotel.

1998 Health Promotion, Harm Reduction Program is created, teaming a nurse with a social worker to ensure the health and wellbeing of homebound seniors. Broadway Center begins serving meals on the weekends.

1983 Name is changed to Senior Community Centers of San Diego.

1975 Center moves to First Presbyterian Church at 820 Date Street downtown. Outreach, transportation, case management, and referral services are added and meals fee is eliminated.

1973 Center begins serving lunches five days a week for a fee of 50 cents per meal.

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2013 Celebrated 10 years since we opened Potiker Family Senior Residence – an affordable housing complex in San Diego’s East Village that nearly 200 seniors call home.

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2010 The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center opens in April. The new Wellness Center is an incredible triumph for all seniors in San Diego. For the first time, Senior Community Centers is no longer limited by its space. Innovative and visionary programs like Civic Engagement, Community Education and the Cyber Café are creating a buzz in the community and beyond.

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2008 The Gary and Mary West Foundation’s gift of $3 million (our largest gift ever!) to name the new Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center aligns with our vision to transform the aging process for seniors living in poverty.

2003 Market Square Manor, our first affordable, supportive housing project is dedicated. Name is later changed to Potiker Family Senior Residence to recognize the generous support from Hughes and Sheila Potiker.

1990 Broadway Center opens. Serving Seniors volunteer program begins.

1978 Home Delivered Meals Program begins. A total of 68,705 meals are served this year with nearly 2,000 delivered to homebound seniors.

1970 Cedar Community Center is established in May as a nutrition site under the Catholic Charities umbrella. Center is dedicated later in the year and offers bridge, handicrafts, movies, games, and hot lunches on Thursdays.