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UPDATED: SCV Senior Center receives donation

Boston Scientific gives $7,500 to center

Posted: November 2, 2008 4:56 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 

Medical products company Boston Scientific donated $7,500 to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, and presented a check to officials at the center's Newhall campus Thursday.

An extension of the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, the SCV Senior Center plays a big part in making the SCV "home" for more than 9,000 area senior citizens.

The center's focus is to restore independence, dignity and quality of life to SCV seniors. It provides services that help sustain seniors in their own homes, cultivate community, and enrich their lives.

Boston Scientific is dedicated to developing innovative medical products, technologies and services, and strives to enable people who have medical conditions to return to a normal life, said Michael Onuscheck, company president.

Boston Scientific views the agency behind the SCV Senior Center as a nonprofit that works well with the company's mission. 

"Part of our mission is to assist in helping the under-served population," Onuscheck said. "We selected this center as an opportunity to give back to the community. Especially with the current economic situation, people often forget the elderly as part of the under-served."

The center offers a variety of services, including in-house communal meals and home-delivered meals to more than 800 seniors Monday through Friday of every week. The meals are FDA-approved and nutritionally equipped to provide seniors with adequate nutrients for the day.

Unfortunately, many seniors can't afford to pay the center's suggested donation of $2.50 per meal, said Kathy Crone, development director.

She reports the number of seniors requesting meals is also increasing by 3.5 percent per week.

"The Newhall and Valencia (meal-delivery) route alone went from 28 seniors to 36 seniors in the last four months," Crone said.

Volunteer involvement is essential for the center to effectively meet the needs of the community, Crone said.

"The center has a great volunteer base but desperately needs more, especially during financially tight times. Every penny that comes through here gets put back into the community,"  Crone said. "We have to hustle for funding to make sure we don't turn anyone away. If you can't give money, give your time, get on a committee, and give us your ideas. We need it."

Volunteers teach classes for the seniors and assist with the home-delivered meals and communal meals programs.

Lena Tracy, Boston Scientific community team coordinator, said the company will also continue to assist the Senior Center.

"We will certainly step up our involvement now that we know what the needs are," Tracy said.

Crone said many people in the SCV aren't aware of the needs of area seniors.

"Most of these seniors have nobody here (in the SCV)," Crone said. "The biggest push is to get the community to understand what comes out of this place -- the social services that protect our seniors."

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