Serving Seniors named a Top Workplace Again!

November 24, 2015 - Serving Seniors

We’re proud to announce Serving Seniors has been named a Top Workplace of 2015 in the small business category by The San Diego Union-Tribune!  Top Workplaces are determined solely on the results of an anonymous employee feedback survey.

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“This [award] is an incredible testament to Serving Seniors’ culture of caring not only for our clients but our terrific staff as well. It also reflects positively on the caliber, passion and dedication of our team in serving San Diego’s poorest and most at-risk seniors,” says President/CEO Paul Downey. Serving Seniors’ team is committed to helping seniors living in poverty lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

We are proud to have a hard working staff that is dedicated to helping San Diego’s seniors.  Employees are empowered to make a difference for their team.  One employee says “I’ve been with the company for a long time and I believe in what we do for the seniors. It’s a great company to work for.” Another employee commented that working at Serving Seniors “allows me the latitude and independence to make decisions and try new ways of doing things.”

Senior Community Centers Gets a New Name

April 28, 2014 - Serving Seniors

After a yearlong re-branding process, Senior Community Centers has recently undergone a name change to better reflect our mission.  Providing the same innovative services, Senior Community Centers will now be known as Serving Seniors.  We are excited to reintroduce ourselves with a new name and logo.


 “Frankly, the name Senior Community Centers was a bit stodgy and didn’t actually reflect the innovative nature of our programs and services,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO, Serving Seniors. “Serving Seniors captures the essence of what we do every single day, with passion, for San Diego’s neediest seniors.”

The agency also has a new mission statement: Helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Both were announced by San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, a long-time supporter, at the agency’s recent “Experience of a Lifetime” fundraiser in early April 2014.

“The new mission had to clearly demonstrate our core values,” said Downey. “For us, it is all about changing and saving the lives of seniors struggling to meet their basic needs.”


Living with Alzheimer’s – Meet Joe and Dolores

November 5, 2013 - Serving Seniors


Senior Community Centers regularly encounters seniors who are affected by Alzheimer’s – either personally or as a caretaker to a family member. Last month, we shared how staying mentally fit can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. This month, we would like you to meet Joe and Dolores:

Joe (84) and Dolores (83) have been married for 63 years and receive home delivered meals from Senior Community Centers. Eight years ago, Dolores began showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Joe remains a loving husband and 24/7 caretaker to Dolores.

Supportive Services team member Silvia visited Joe and Dolores earlier this year to chat about living with Alzheimer’s and being a caretaker:

“I can’t speak for all caretakers, only for myself,” says Joe. “It took a long time to acclimate to our new life. First you get angry and then you learn to understand the disease. After that, you recognize habits which helps to get through the day. It’s frustrating not to be able to easily leave the house but we’re married til death due us part so it never crosses my mind to send the love of my life away. No one else knows her the way I do.”

Do you have questions or need advise being a caregiver? Senior Community Centers hosts an Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center every 4th Tuesday of the month. Please contact Laura Stevens at 619.487.0739 for more information.

San Diego Seniors Personally Thank Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)

June 10, 2013 - Paul Downey

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.”

IMG_2408pRep. 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”!

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