Local Elsevier Branch Supports Serving Seniors

October 14, 2017 - S F

succulent in yellow potOur friends at Elsevier San Diego held a baked goods and succulent sale this week and generously chose Serving Seniors as the beneficiary of funds raised! The succulents were beautiful and varied, and assembled by the Elsevier team, and the baked goods were tantalizing.

The fall-themed bazaar was held in the lobby of Elsevier’s building on B Street and open to everyone. Elsevier employees staffed the event and shared information about Serving Seniors.

Elsevier has supported Serving Seniors for many years: at least one Elsevier employee is a past board member, and the organization’s employees regularly volunteer at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, serving lunch to the seniors.

We’re deeply grateful for the time, energy, funds and smiles Elsevier has donated and look forward to many more years of partnership!

If you’d like to host your own event on behalf of Serving Seniors, please email shannon.fogg@servingseniors.org. To learn more about volunteering, visit this page.


About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care.

“We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers.”


succulents on table

The Best Way to Help Impoverished Seniors

September 22, 2017 - S F

Do you enjoy starting your day with a coffee from your favorite java place? Could you forgo one cup a week to help your elderly, poverty-stricken San Diego neighbors who can’t afford that luxury?

I’d like to ask you to consider becoming a monthly donor. For as little as $2.50 a week, or $10 a month, you can be part of the caring community of people who are keeping our vulnerable, at-risk seniors healthy and independent.

How Your Monthly Gift Helps

Hunger is an everyday problem, and a hot meal is the number one reason low-income seniors seek help. Here are the lifesaving differences you can make in just one year:

  • $10/month feeds a senior for 3 weeks.
  • $25/month covers 8 nursing visits for seniors in need.
  • $50/month provides 25 social work visits for seniors.
  • $100/month feeds a senior for 8 months.
  • $250/month provides a month of rent and case management services for three seniors in our Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Seniors.

Why a Monthly Donation?

Monthly gifts provide consistent, reliable support, which allows us to spend less time fundraising and more time serving seniors. It’s a convenient and efficient way for you to support the seniors and programs of Serving Seniors: you can make payments automatically by credit or debit card, change the amount or payment method of your monthly donation, or cancel at any time.

It’s easy to give and every contribution, however large or small, helps someone in need. Just use our secure form to become a monthly donor and you’ll ensure we have the resources to provide low-income seniors with the help they need and the support network they deserve, all year long.

I hope I can count on you. Thank you for being a friend to San Diego seniors in need.

With gratitude,

Paul Downey
President and CEO, Serving Seniors

An Open Letter to All Friends of Serving Seniors

September 15, 2017 - S F

Dear Friend of Serving Seniors,

As we enter the final months of 2017, I want to personally thank you and share how important your support has been to Serving Seniors. It has truly made a difference in serving the critical, and increasing, needs of vulnerable seniors in San Diego who live at or below the poverty line. We simply could not provide our services without your help.

Because of your generous support, nearly 5,000 seniors received essential services over the past year.

Food is Medicine

Your support is providing nutritious meals to seniors all over San Diego County, free of charge, 365 days a year, at nine congregate dining sites and through our Home Delivered Meals program.

Because of you, we were able to provide nearly 600,000 meals last year, including more than 250,000 meals to homebound seniors who rely on this program to continue living independently.

Affordable Senior Housing

Because of supporters like you, we’re able to provide 350 units of affordable senior housing, filling a crucial need for seniors who live on fixed incomes.

We also conduct a 90-day transitional housing program to help homeless seniors move off the streets and into permanent affordable housing. The program has an unprecedented 92% success rate.

One of our most important initiatives is to further address the homeless senior epidemic in San Diego County by building more affordable housing, in age-friendly communities, with included support services.

In an ambitious effort with our development partner, we have six housing complexes – totaling more than 800 units – in our potential pipeline. By spring of 2018, two of the new complexes are expected to be under construction.

Lifelong Learning: Keeping Minds Sharp

Your volunteered time and donated dollars help maintain our Lifelong Learning Program, which provides seniors with a wide variety of free fitness, educational and enrichment activities, including: a walking and singing group; technology, travel and art classes; knitting and gardening groups; a writing club; holiday celebrations from a variety of cultures; birthday celebrations, social events and much more!

Lifelong learning is essential for seniors because it keeps minds sharp, improves memory, increases self-confidence and helps them meet others who share their interests. More than 750 classes were held last year, thanks to your support.

Advocacy and Supportive Services

Important supportive services are also facilitated by your support. A dedicated team of case managers helps seniors understand and access federal and state benefits and transportation, schedule appointments and navigate an array of other challenging aging issues.

Most importantly, our team is able to serve as a reliable support network for seniors who need us.

Health Care and Health Education

Our health services team is able to promote healthy aging and advocate for our clients’ healthcare needs because of your support. They also provide chronic disease management, nutrition education and health screenings.

More than 2,000 seniors received health services last year, free of charge, thanks to you.

Come Visit Us

I’d like to offer you a tour of our facilities so we can show you the inspiring outcomes that your support has facilitated. To arrange a tour please contact Lori Gremel, Chief Development and External Affairs Officer, at 619-487-0608 or lori.gremel@servingseniors.org.

We’re deeply grateful to you for supporting our life-changing mission of helping vulnerable seniors live healthy, fulfilling lives. On behalf of the seniors who directly benefit from your generosity every day, thank you!

With gratitude,

Paul Downey
President and CEO, Serving Seniors

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