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Annual report 2018

Click on the image at right to download our 2018 Annual Report (published March, 2019).


Dear Community,
    2018 was a year of change and growth, welcoming new Board members and thanking others for their dedication as they term out. Our Executive Director, Sarah Benson, has made a wonderful impact on the life of the Foundation with her management, technical and organizational skills.
    Our working committees along with a dedicated team of Board members and community volunteers helped develop our Strategic Plan, which will guide our priorities for the next three years.
    We are grateful for the support from the Panorama Teen and Family Resource Center who provide us with office and meeting space where we can work to enhance community partnerships such as the North County Community Action Network (NorCAN).
    The Senior Information Resource Center, led by program manager Rebecca Steiner and a cadre of well-trained volunteers, saw an 18% increase of clients and their families and are working to get the word out to more in the North County area. 
    In 2018, we launched a new program to prepare seniors for emergencies. Working in conjunction with first responders from local cities, interactive talks are given about all kinds of emergencies and how to prepare for them. We obtained funding from the San Diego County Community Enhancement Grant and San Marcos Community Foundation to provide participants with free “Go Bags” containing food, water and emergency supplies. In the coming year, at least two more of these events will occur.
    We continue to serve the recreational needs of local seniors by running Bingo games each Wednesday and, in partnership with Interfaith Community Services, provide funding for a senior crisis fund, which offers financial assistance for bills, home repair, rent, job training, legal issues and more.
    Our two celebration events, one in summer honoring awardees and our holiday-themed Festival of Trees, were enjoyed by many families and friends. The comradery will continue as these are becoming annual events.
    We look forward to another great year, lifting more seniors and their families out of difficult situations with programs to improve their quality of life. As always we welcome new volunteers and thank all who give their time, energy and money to making our community a better place for seniors.

Alison Driessen
Board Chair, 2018-19


The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing links seniors, caregivers and their families to resources and services to 
improve seniors’ quality of life.

We operate a drop-in Senior Information Resource 
Center run by skilled staff and volunteers that provide free support—both in-person and by phone—in the areas of:

  • Housing

  • Home repair

  • Caregiver support

  • Transportation

  • Food/nutrition needs

  • Emergency and crisis assistance

  • Medical or mental health issues

  • Legal issues

  • and more

We provide compassionate support and advice for 
older adults when they have run out of help.

Our Senior Emergency Preparedness programs teach 
seniors what to do in the face of an  emergency.

The Senior Crisis Fund directly impacts those seniors 
most in need of financial help.

Bingo at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center promotes social 
interaction and helps brain health.

Currently, forty-six percent of seniors in San Diego report that 
isolation is negatively affecting their lives. Additionally, many seniors lack the financial resources to afford housing and other basic needs.  While there are many resources available to seniors, there are still gaps and a lack of comprehensive services.  Because of life events such as loss of a spouse, illness or becoming a caregiver, older adults often need hands-on guidance that takes patience, persistence and empathy. 


2018 Program Highlights


In addition to the Information Resource Center, the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing prepared more than 50 seniors for natural disasters and emergencies in October, 2018. The program continues in 2019.

We honored three awardees in August 2018 at Tribute to Traditions and celebrated a year of accomplishments at Festival of Trees on December 1, 2018.

In partnership with the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, we provide Wednesday Bingo for hundreds of seniors.

Seven families received direct financial support through the Senior Crisis Fund, a program coordinated by partner  Interfaith Community Services.  Examples of support include utility bill assistance, rental subsidizes and small home repair funding.

50+ participants in Bingo each week.

Case load
increased by 18% (2018 vs. 2017)

Issues reported:

34%               Housing

14%               Legal issues

12%               Home repair

11%               Caregiver support

9%                  Transportation

9%                  Medical, dental or mental health

4%                  Emergency assistance

2%                  Food/nutrition needs

5%                  Miscellaneous

In 2018, the Information
Resource Center directly
helped 265 clients.

72% of clients reported
their experience was
either “extremely
satisfactory” or “satisfactory”