began in 1986 as a way to address the unique needs of homeless and
housed older adults, age 60 and above.
For many elderly, isolated individuals, our Senior Service Program
serves as a bridge to critically needed community services. Case
managers work with older individuals, and often their friends, families
and neighbors, to develop service plans that will allow them to
maintain the maximum level of independence appropriate to their
situation. These plans address housing needs, provide advocacy for
new or continuing government benefits, link seniors with In-Home
Supportive Services, and assure that medical, mental health, nutritional
and social needs are adequately met.
Our case managers work with homeless older adults to meet their
unique needs. Most referrals come from hospitals, police and fire
personnel, concerned community members and our own Homeless Service
Center. Many homeless seniors have been on the streets for years
and, having adapted to these circumstances, may not easily take
to another way of life. By building trust and explaining options,
our staff helps this very vulnerable group of people accept the
housing, benefits, treatment and services they need to, literally,
save their lives.
Senior Services volunteers deliver
groceries and provide friendly visits to isolated, homebound older