Sept. 22: Serving Seniors Sets New Records in Light of Unprecedented Times
The San Diego non-profit has served over 950,000 meals and provided services for more than 8,000 senior San Diegans.
San Diego, Calif., September 22, 2020—Serving Seniors, a San Diego-based nonprofit helping older adults in poverty live fulfilling lives through health-promoting services, announced today that the organization set new records on seniors served through meal delivery and other services, as well as selecting new board members.
“Every year we set out to help older adults live healthy and fulfilling lives,” said Paul Downey, CEO of Serving Seniors. “This year has proven that in unprecedented times, our San Diego seniors need a safe haven more than ever.”
The 2019-2020 fiscal year saw exponential increases in both number of seniors provided services and total number of meals served. Serving Seniors’ clientele grew from 5,500 to 8,021, these seniors receive everything from meals to social and health services. Over the course of the year, the organization has provided 956,475 meals compared to 660,000 in the previous fiscal year. These meals provide proper nutrition and ensure full stomachs for seniors who are facing food insecurity due to economic reasons.
Even in times of social distancing, the organization provided necessary in-person visits in a safe manner to ensure the wellbeing of their clients. Serving Seniors provided almost 6,800 supportive services for vulnerable older adults, including housing social service visits, case management wellness visits and in-person health education and blood pressure checks through nursing case management.
In addition to the great work that Serving Seniors does across the community, the organization also welcomed three new board members. Jim Sikora, general manager of San Diego Slalom, brings his years of strategic consulting to Serving Seniors and will be continuing to help guide the organization in utilizing technological innovation. Bobby LaCour of Aldrich CPAs and Advisors also joins the board of directors and brings his extensive experience in providing attest accounting services in the nonprofit sector to the table. Nancy Vaughan joins the board as a retired attorney and brings her dedication and enthusiasm for serving the senior community.
“We are excited to welcome our three new board members and can’t wait to continue forward with serving the older San Diego community,” continued Downey. “Serving Seniors is appreciative of the time and effort that our entire board of directors dedicates to our mission.”
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 nutritional 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.