Thank You and Happy New Year!

January 5, 2018 - Paul Downey

Friends,

Thank you for your friendship and support throughout 2017. You made this past year better for nearly 5,000 low-income seniors right here in San Diego. I’m truly inspired by your generosity and deeply grateful for your support, and I hope you’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together for San Diego’s seniors.

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.

On behalf of all the seniors whose lives you’ve improved, thank you.

Wishing you a joyous new year,

Paul Downey
President and CEO, Serving Seniors


2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Meals and Healthcare

Because of your support, seniors like Dennis have access to healthy, satisfying, culturally diverse meals 365 days a year.

Dennis, who has type 2 diabetes, says the meals, healthcare and supportive services he gets through Serving Seniors are essential to his health. Always ready with a smile and warm hello, Dennis visits our Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center nearly every day.

 

Affordable Senior Housing

Because of your support, seniors like Rosalinda and Manuel have affordable, permanent, senior-friendly housing.

Before they moved into our City Heights residence, Rosie and Manuel lived in their motorhome, without reliable access to hot water. Now the couple visit our Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center regularly and do what they can to pay their good fortune forward, feeding the homeless and referring them to supportive services when possible.

 

Advocacy

Because of your support, we were able to provide hundreds of hepatitis A vaccinations to seniors and staff members across all of our locations, free of charge.

We were also able to provide our seniors, staff and visitors with hand washing stations throughout our buildings and teach them how to protect themselves and each other.

 

Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Seniors

Because of your support, seniors like Bruce can obtain stable housing and successful independent living through our Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Seniors.

Becoming homeless for the first time at age 67, Bruce has since completed the Transitional Housing Program, moved into a stunning apartment in the Talmadge area, and is advocating on behalf of homeless seniors.

 

Lifelong Learning

Because of your support, we’re able to provide more than 750 classes, programs and activities every year, including fitness and hobby groups.

Before she started participating in the walking group, Avelina needed a cane for stability. Now a regular and enthusiastic participant of both the walking and singing groups, this spunky lady encourages others to get (and keep) moving.

Here’s Avelina’s Senior Idol performance from August 2017, with no cane in sight:

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