Annual report 2019
Click on the image at right to download our 2019 Annual Report (published May, 2020).
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I am so proud of our impact on so many seniors in North County. In 2019, The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing focused on doing what we do best: helping older adults one-on-one through our Information Resource Center services. We counselled 322 individual clients, on a variety of issues, from housing to transportation to legal issues.
The Senior Information Resource Center, led by program manager Rebecca Steiner and our group of dedicated senior volunteers, experienced a 22% increase in the number of clients. We hope to continue to get the word out about our free services as we aim to grow the number of clients in the coming year.
Additionally, our Programs and Services Committee explored new ways to serve seniors, especially those who are isolated or lonely. The result is a new monthly program, “Senior Spotlight Series: Coffee Connection,” which launched in early 2020 and will be offered for free to seniors. I hope the series will become a go-to event for seniors looking to make new friends, connect over shared experiences and maybe learn a bit about how to navigate life as they age.
After years in partnership with the San Diego County’s Aging and Independent Services, The Foundation earned the Live Well Partner Recognition and was honored on Nov. 23 with a proclamation. Live Well San Diego unites partners from all sectors by working together to develop a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. We are proud to play a role in this collective effort to help all 3.3 million San Diego County residents live well.
Our active board of directors and committee members continued to guide the organization toward financial stability. Thank you to the hard work of these volunteers, our two celebration events were enjoyed by many families and friends. More than 175 donors, supporters and in-kind contributors helped ensure the success of Tribute to Traditions in May and Festival of Trees in November.
In 2018, we launched a new program to prepare seniors for emergencies and last year we continued to bring the program to groups of seniors. Again, funding from the San Diego County Community Enhancement Grant program provided participants with free “Go Bags” containing food, water and emergency supplies. Know about a community that can use this presentation? We’d love to reach new groups.
We appreciate the on-going 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), which meets at the center monthly.
We continue to serve the recreational needs of local seniors by running Bingo games each Wednesday. Last year, about 55 seniors each Wednesday joined our team of 10-15 volunteers at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center.
As I wrap up my final year as Board Chair, I am proud of our committed staff and volunteers who are key to the growth of the organization as they serve an ever-growing population of seniors with such compassion.
Board Chair, 2017-20
WHAT WE DO
The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing links seniors, caregivers and their families to resources and services to improve seniors’ quality of life.
HOW WE DO IT
Staff and volunteers operate a Senior Information Resource Center that provides 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
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.
Our new Coffee Connection program is a monthly gathering for older adults to meet new friends, connect over shared personal experiences and discover tips about successful aging.
WHY WE DO IT
We provide compassionate support and advice for older adults, or their families, when they most need it. We hear from seniors every day that often can't find help or the resources they need elsewhere. The problems are complicated, and finding a solution takes hands-on guidance supported by patience, persistence and empathy. The Foundation is a lifeline for these clients and for their concerned family members.