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A call to help out local seniors

n Senior Center launches annual campaign

Posted: December 14, 2008 5:41 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Seniors at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center celebrate Chinese New Year. The center's annual campaign will run December through February.

The SCV Committee on Aging and the SCV Senior Center are asking for just $10 from residents of the Santa Clarita Valley to help area seniors.

"Santa Clarita once held the prideful moniker as one of the most ‘elder-friendly' communities in the nation, but that distinction is eroding due to the sheer numbers of elders seeking assistance while funding has declined after remaining stagnant for many years," said Kathy Crone, Senior Center development director.

Crone said many in the community are aware of the numerous programs and services to benefit the senior members of the SCV community including enrichment classes and social opportunities for active seniors.

"We also meet basic needs that, for some seniors, can literally be a matter of life or death," Crone said.

We are dedicated to feeding more than 750 local seniors a hot meal, 350 are through our Home Delivered Meal Program for our most frail seniors. We also provide affordable adult daycare for our seniors that suffer from either dementia or Alzheimer's."

Crone also said the handy-worker program assists seniors in their homes with home repairs and safety issues.
"All of these programs are under the careful eye of our dedicated Social Service Department," she said.

The 2008-2009 annual campaign is asking for individuals to assist the Senior Center in continuing to provide these services by donating to the nonprofit effort.

"We sincerely thank everyone who has supported our cause," said Crone. "During these difficult economic times our seniors have been heavily affected causing an increase in need, that paired with a decrease in funding, we need your help more than ever. We are extremely proud of our 30-year record of never putting our seniors on a waiting list."

Crone said the need will increase as the "baby boomers" reach retirement age, said Crone.

"The 65 and over crowd has grown by at least 7 percent since the year 2000 and will grow by 15 percent by 2010," said Crone.

The annual campaign, named "10 Bucks for a Better Future" will run December through February.
Crone estimates that if everyone in the city of Santa Clarita (population 184,000) donated $10 the center would collect $1,840,000.

"The SCV Senior Center has provided one or more services of an on-going nature to more than 8,500 seniors last year," Crone said. "Participation in our programs typically increases in double-digit figures each year, which is why this campaign is so important."

Donation checks should be made payable to "SCVSC Annual Campaign," 22900 Market Street, Newhall, CA 91321-3608. For information call Maria Linares, at the SCV Senior Center (661) 259-9444.


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