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Senior Community Centers of San Diego

 
San Diego, CA
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Senior Community Centers of San Diego
Physical Address: San Diego, CA 92101 7556
EIN: 95-2850121
Web URL: www.servingseniors.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P81 Senior Centers/Services
Ruling Year: 1973 


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Mission Statement

End senior poverty and hunger through innovative solutions.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2014

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Mr. Paul Downey

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Since May 1995

Profile:

Paul has led Senior Community Centers since 1995, successfully addressing growing demand by expanding programs and services, and spearheading the organization's move into affordable permanent housing. Paul is President of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). Founded in 1977, NANASP is an advocacy organization based in Washington DC with more than 500 members nationally which provide nutrition and other critical services that enable seniors to remain healthy and independent. Senior Community Centers provides an array of supportive services to low-income seniors at 10 sites throughout San Diego County. Two meals are provided daily - for both congregate and home delivered - to about 1,700 seniors daily, 365 days per year. The recently opened Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego provides case management, healthcare, mental healthcare, life-long learning and civic engagement for the seniors. It is already considered a national model for the comprehensive provision of supportive services for seniors in poverty. Downey has been a leader in the fight to provide affordable housing for seniors. He opened a 200-unit, low-income, senior housing complex called Potiker Family Senior Residence in downtown San Diego in August of 2003. He opened a second project, a 150-unit affordable housing complex for seniors in City Heights, in August 2007. The agency also operates 37 units of transitional housing for homeless seniors. In addition to his NANASP duties, Downey is President of the California Nutrition Coalition (CNC) and a Steering Committee Member for the California Elder Economic Standard Initiative. He is past chair of the City of San Diego's Senior Affairs Advisory Board and past chair of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University.

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Budget:
$3,597,700
Category:
Population Served:
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Adults

Program Description:

Our Senior Nutrition Program addresses hunger and food insecurity among one of our community's most vulnerable populations - low income seniors age 60 and older. Nearly all our clients live at or below the poverty level, with most unable to meet their basic needs - food, housing, transportation and health care, without assistance. While all of these needs are critical, food is the most immediate concern and is what initially brings them to Senior Community Centers. Imagine having to choose between paying for prescription medication or buying food for dinner. These are the hard choices our elderly clients face every day. Access to a regular source of nutritious food is critical as we age, especially for those suffering from health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. We make sure all seniors have access to at least one healthy and complete meal every day. For most, these meals are often their only source of nutrition and help to reduce or alleviate the anxiety and health concerns hunger can cause. We offer meals seven days a week at our downtown Wellness Center and five days a week at 7 congregate meal sites and 2 housing facilities throughout San Diego County. We also provide daily meals to over 500 homebound seniors through our Home Delivered Meals Program and offer nutrition education to all seniors to help them make good food choices for optimal health.

Program Long-Term Success:

End senior hunger and the risks to health caused by malnutrition.

Program Short-Term Success:

Serve over 500,000 congregate and home-delivered meals each year.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of seniors eating meals daily; nutritional risk assessment responses; change in number of reported health conditions

Program Success Examples:

""Not another minute can pass before saying my heartfelt ""thank you""…for allowing me to receive your meals…I sincerely thank each of you for your kindness and consideration. Those meals are definitely making me stronger, with each passing day. We are so blessed to have this service. And, may I add, both Francisco and Carlos [drivers] are jewels. They make my day. Very humbly, Frances."" Every afternoon Home Delivered Meals client Frances, age 62, is greeted by either Francisco or Carlos. They deliver her food but they also give her a warm smile and ask how she's doing. They offer kindness and comfort at a time in her life when she has very few people to turn to. The food is nourishing her body but the interaction with the drivers nourishes her spirit. Legally blind and unable to drive or work, Frances relies heavily on the Home Delivered Meals program. She receives 2 meals a day, 7 days a week.

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Budget:
$1,273,000
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Adults

Program Description:

The Supportive Services program addresses the barriers that typically compromise the wellbeing of low-income seniors. We are their safety net, providing a comprehensive, integrated network of vital services for healthy aging that focus on prevention, intervention and education in partnership with staff they feel comfortable talking to. With the fear of having to move to a nursing home high on the list of reasons many do not seek assistance until an emergency arises, it is critical to provide a support system they can trust. The Supportive Services program is composed of three core service areas: Social Services Case Management, Homeless Prevention, Supportive Housing Services.

Program Long-Term Success:

No senior will experience premature institutionalization due to preventable social service or health challenges.

Program Short-Term Success:

All seniors requesting assistance will receive direct services or referrals that meet their specific needs.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of seniors reporting increased quality of life through survey or direct contact with case managers.

Program Success Examples:

Utilizing a housing first model, the Homeless Prevention Program connects homeless seniors with case managers who provide them with access to housing, meals, health services and counseling. Clients work with their case manager to set up individualized case plans with mutually agreed upon goals toward achieving stable housing and successful independent living. The case plan includes helping seniors access benefits they may be eligible for (Social Security, Medicare, SSI, etc.), developing a savings plan, undergoing a health assessment with the nurse and addressing medical needs. Senior Community Centers has 10 units at the Sara Francis, a single room occupancy (SRO) Hotel, where seniors are able to live before transitioning to permanent housing. The average stay for clients in this program is 90-120 days. The overall goal for clients participating in this program, is to move into and maintain permanent, affordable housing. With a 90 percent success rate, most seniors achieve this goal.

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Budget:
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Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Adults

Program Description:

Safe and secure permanent, affordable housing ensures that seniors remain healthy, happy, and independent for as long as possible. One of the greatest concerns expressed by our senior clients is being able to live on their own and we do all we can to support their efforts to do so. Seniors living in one of our two housing facilities have their own apartments, enter into rental agreements and pay their own rent, just as in other rental housing. The difference is that they can access on-site supportive services including a nurse, case manager, meals, computer lab/library, garden/private patio (depending on location) and social activities, all designed to address their individual needs and help them live satisfying lives.

Program Long-Term Success:

No senior will be homeless or unable to locate affordable housing.

Program Short-Term Success:

All seniors who request it will have access to transitional or permanent housing options.

Program Success Monitored by:

Reduction in number of homeless or near homeless seniors.

Program Success Examples:

Bill and Sonja (ages 91 and 82), were found living in their car downtown. Displaced when they lost their home in the Northwest, they were unable to find an affordable place to live and had no choice but to sleep in their car on a downtown street. They were referred to the health and wellness team at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center that afternoon who discovered they hadn't had anything to eat all day. Our nutrition staff quickly put a hot meal together that absolutely amazed the couple. They couldn't believe that assistance like this was available. Asked how they were doing, Sonja gave a big smile and said, ""Much better now!"" They met with a case manager who assessed their needs and placed them in a room at a hotel downtown through our Transitional Housing Program. Soon after, they moved into our permanent supportive housing facility, City Heights Square where they can visit with a nurse or a case manager, eat a nutritious lunch, and socialize with other residents.

Program: Lifelong Learning (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$200,000
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Adults

Program Description:

The Lifelong Learning program helps seniors remain active by offering a variety of activities that engage them mentally, physically, and socially. Whether it's learning a new skill, joining an exercise class or locating a volunteer opportunity, there is something for seniors of all backgrounds. Classes are open to all seniors in the community at no or low cost and include fitness, interactive games, Health seminars, Arts and Crafts, computer skills and social activities. The Civic Engagement program highlights seniors' strengths rather than needs or weaknesses. By discovering their talents, skills and abilities, older adults are encouraged to form relationships and participate in meaningful activities to enhance the quality of their lives and give back to the community. Community volunteers are Individuals, service groups, and corporations who donate thousands of hours each year through our Serving Seniors program, serving lunch at our various locations or helping with classes.

Program Long-Term Success:

Increased quality of life and improved wellbeing for all seniors.

Program Short-Term Success:

Half of the seniors who come to the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center will participate in the program.

Program Success Monitored by:

Attendance records and participation surveys.

Program Success Examples:

""The best thing about tai chi is that in order to do it, you have to completely forget about everything and relax. In doing so, you take away the possibility of falling and find balance."" Since participating in tai chi, Roberta, age 71, who's suffered multiple strokes in the past, has regained her confidence in walking and can now even walk backwards without the fear of falling.

Program: Health (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$157,314
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program Description:

The Health Services program is comprised of three different areas: Nurse Case Management The role of the Nurse Case Manager is to promote healthy aging and advocate for seniors healthcare needs through preventative care, empowerment, and education. Passport to Health Combines combine our care coordination services with a free-standing health kiosk located at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. The kiosk measures vital health markers and the data is immediately sent wirelessly to the client and to Senior Community Centers' Geriatric Care Coordinator. The data is used as part of a coordinated care plan to ensure seniors receive the proper health and wellness care they need. Mental Health We provide culturally sensitive and supportive on-site mental health education, counseling, referrals and assessment We have a mental health specialist on staff and through a 17-year partnership with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, psychiatric nurses and a psychiatrist are helping seniors live a more stable life.

Program Long-Term Success:

The seniors we serve comprise the lowest income, highest risk, most vulnerable populations in San Diego. They average monthly incomes of just over $800, not even half of what is needed to have their basic needs met. All are over the age of 60, most are single with no familial support and live alone in nearby apartments, single room occupancy hotels, are homeless, or are at-risk of becoming homeless. Many seniors come to us when they have no one else to turn to, in effect we are their safety-net. Because of their minimal incomes, our clients also have limited access to healthcare and do not have the resources or the support system in place to adequately address their health needs. Our health and supportive services prevent low-income seniors from ending up in shelters, nursing homes, on the streets, in ER rooms and are preventative in nature. In effect, our preventative services save hundreds in tax dollars. Our Nurse Case Management Services help reduce health disparities by providing direct preventative care and health education to low-income seniors.

Program Short-Term Success:

The goal of the Nurse Case Management Program is to provide proactive clinical services that meet the needs, unique challenges and expectations of the seniors we serve. Our goals of the program are to improve and increase health services and increase health education that empowers the senior to be part of his/her own wellness solutions.

Program Success Monitored by:

Senior Community Centers uses a software program called Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) developed by Social Solutions. Each case manager provides an intake and tracks individual client needs, issues, and the resolution to ensure those needs are being met. We also provide pre and post assessment data to measure the impact our programs have had on seniors when they first came to us for help and at the end of our fiscal year.

Program Success Examples:

An excellent success story of why health education is so important is Gwen's story. Gwen has been an SCC client for more than 5 years.A few years ago Gwen collapsed suddenly and while at the hospital she learned that she was a diabetic. She started seeing the Nurse Case Manager three times a week to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels and weight. She quit smoking, began exercising more, taking medication and receiving regular information on managing diabetes. She managed to get an excellent handle on her disease by lowering her blood sugars, losing weight (which resulted in another reduction in her blood sugars), as well as a reduction in her blood pressure which increased her heart health. Gwen shared, ""The nurse is good, she is really good, she has really monitored me a lot."" Her physician is very pleased that she has the nurse at SCC to assist her patient and is very pleased with Gwen's progress. Gwen leads an active lifestyle singing in the church choir, volunteering, teaching a crocheting class, cooking for neighbors in need and spending time with her friends and family. None of this would have been possible without Gwen's commitment to managing the disease and the consistent support from our nurse case managers. Nurse case management is a vital part of the health and wellness services offered by Senior Community Centers. Many of the seniors we serve have health issues that have not been addressed for a long period of time, if at all. We often find that clients are not aware of how their behavior affects their health condition. The nurse is able to take as much time with each client as needed to counsel them on their medication, diet and the importance of monitoring their condition. This program has improved the overall health and wellbeing of hundreds of clients and reduced the need for emergency services.
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Accomplishments: Opening the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, an innovative model focused on proactive rather than reactive programs and services designed to help seniors age the way they want - with dignity, respect, fun, independence and good health. It has received significant national attention for the unique offerings and Senior Community Centers' ability to leverage partnerships (about 25) to enhance service delivery. One of those partnerships is with SDSU's College of Health and Human Services which provides seniors with increased access to health and social work assistance while introducing student interns to the field of geriatrics in a ""learning laboratory"" environment unlike any other experienced during their studies. Faculty members are on site to guide the students and to conduct research projects. The agency's President/CEO, Paul Downey is president of the Washington DC based National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Programs (NANASP) - the advocacy leader in national aging policy issues. Downey is a Steering Committee member for the California Elder Index which determines ""income adequacy"" for seniors' basic needs such as food, shelter and healthcare. The data shows that about half of seniors in the state lack the money for basic needs. Priorities: Build diverse revenue streams to sustain and grow programs that meet demands of an exploding senior population. These include fundraising, social ventures, increased federal funding for seniors, investments, and generating more revenue from services currently provided. Complete the framework for an evaluation model that will demonstrate the impact of services and help with building the case for additional grants funding. Increasing advocacy efforts at all levels - nationally, statewide, and locally - is of the utmost importance, particularly as it relates to reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, a critical piece of legislation affecting all seniors.
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