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Jan. 1: Serving Seniors Turns 50 Years Old!

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Serving Seniors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income and homeless seniors throughout San Diego, is celebrating its 50th anniversary year in 2020. The milestone will be marked with events and celebrations throughout the year to honor senior clients, volunteers, staff and donors who help make programs and services possible for more than 5,000 seniors in need each year.

Founded in 1970, Serving Seniors has been at the forefront of senior issues in San Diego for half a century. From advocacy and mental health programming to housing and nutritional meal services, the organization has created a nationally recognized, innovative model of comprehensive services. In 2019, there were 644,099 meals served, 445 seniors housed and a total of 5,549 seniors overall who benefited from services and programs (an increase of 12 percent from 2018).

In light of the increasing demographics of seniors over the next decade, Serving Seniors is committed to supporting the crucial services that so many senior clients are dependent upon, and will be launching a $5 million fundraising campaign over the next five years. To kick-start the campaign, San Diego philanthropist Una Davis has generously donated the lead gift of $1 million.

“I’m delighted to help support an organization like Serving Seniors because it is vital to our community,” said Davis. “Every person, regardless of age or occupation, should have access to basic needs. This donation will go towards supporting those life-sustaining services that ultimately allow seniors get the help they need and live full, happy lives.”

Coinciding with the anniversary year, Serving Seniors’ President and CEO Paul Downey is celebrating 25 years with the organization. Since being appointed the role in 1995, Downey has guided the nonprofit’s innovative efforts, making Serving Seniors a national model for compassionate and life changing care for seniors in need.  

“As we reflect on the past 50 years, we’re incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made to advance senior issues here in our community, and are grateful to the hundreds of staff, volunteers and donors who make our mission possible,” said Downey. “With more than 1 million San Diegans estimated to be over the age of 55 by 2030, these issues will become increasingly important, and we plan to be at the forefront of those conversations to ensure an even brighter future for low income and vulnerable seniors over the next 50 years.”

For more information about Serving Seniors, or to see a full list of programs and services provided, please visit or follow along on Facebook @ServingSeniorsSD, Instagram @servingseniorssd and Twitter @ServingSeniors.


About Serving Seniors

Founded in 1970, Serving Seniors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California, dedicated to serving low-income adults aged 60 and over. A leader in senior advocacy and programming, Serving Seniors has created an innovative model of comprehensive services including nutrition meals, housing, health and social services and lifelong learning opportunities to hundreds of seniors in need. It is the largest provider of meals to seniors in the county, and one of the only organizations in the nation providing such a robust range of services to vulnerable, at-risk older adults.

Serving Seniors President and CEO Paul Downey has been instrumental in the organization’s growth over the past 25 years. Since being appointed the role in 1995, Downey has guided the nonprofit’s innovative efforts to provide supportive services focused on keeping low-income seniors healthy and independent. Under Downey’s leadership, Serving Seniors has grown to provide more than 640,000 nutritious meals and coordinated services to 5,000 older adults each year. Follow Serving Seniors on Facebook @ServingSeniorsSD, Instagram @servingseniorssd and Twitter @ServingSeniors.

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