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Marsha McLean: Senior Center needs the community’s support

Posted: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
— William James

Did you know that hundreds of local senior citizens depend upon a daily meal delivered to their homes to meet their nutritional needs? Many of our senior citizens are alone, in poor health and unable to provide adequate meals for themselves.

The devastating national economy has hit everyone to some degree, so it should come as no surprise that our local Senior Center is facing a huge shortfall for its vital home-delivered-meals program.

Santa Clarita Valley’s Committee on Aging, overseers of the local Senior Center, saw a 13 percent increase last year in requests for home-delivered meals for local senior citizens.

For this year, the Senior Center is anticipating another increase of 11 percent in the need for home delivered meals to seniors, with a great deal less funding available.

Senior Center leaders tell us that without an infusion of $96,000, the Senior Center will simply run out of funds to continue its home-delivered meals program during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Funds will be used up by April, they say.

Do we live in a community that would allow its seniors to go hungry? I don’t believe we do. This is the generation that lived through the Great Depression, fought in World War II, raised a generation of children and helped build and create communities. Now they need us, and we need to answer that need.

I am calling on every resident of the Santa Clarita Valley to do what he or she can to help the Senior Center with this need.

The city of Santa Clarita currently provides $623,000 annually to the Senior Center to help with various programs for seniors, including assisting them in obtaining necessary services such as affordable housing.

This may sound like a lot of money, and it is. But due to current budget restraints and monetary reductions at all levels of government, the home-delivered meals program is in trouble.

The home-delivered meals program is designed to serve those seniors and others who by virtue of frailty or other chronic conditions cannot meet their own nutritional needs.

The Senior Center’s home-delivered meals program is a lifeline to these residents who greatly depend upon a hot, nutritional meal. In some cases, it’s the only meal they have for the entire day.

Even a small monetary contribution for this worthy program will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Jim Morgan, executive director of the Senior Center, at (661) 259-9444 or via e-mail at admin@scvsc.org.

Ask about upcoming fundraising events and how you can help. If you would like to mail the Senior Center a check, make it out to the SCV Senior Center and send it to: The Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321-3608.

Your help and support are greatly appreciated.

Marsha McLean is mayor of the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at mclean@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.

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