Your donated dollars provide direct hands on care for our most vulnerable and valuable neighbors. Only $20 provides one hour of care, $1000 dollars provides a CareGift for a senior in need. Each CareGift is 50 hours of non medical in home care to a senior who is isolated and alone. Providing this CareGift prolongs life and independence.
In Sonoma County, more than 16,000 seniors living on low-fixed-incomes face the uncertainty of knowing when they will eat their next meal. When struggling to afford adequate food, especially healthy food, seniors are more likely to have a decreased quality of life, loss of independence and poor health outcomes. The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) provides a nutritional safety net for seniors by providing access to vital nourishment through four specifically targeted hunger-relief programs within our Senior Security Initiative.
Our Brown Bag Program serves seniors living at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level by providing nutritious supplemental food and fresh produce at monthly distribution sites.
Through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, we provide fresh, vitamin-rich produce in addition to the provision of supplemental food from the USDA. This program serves seniors living at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty level. Seniors participate through direct distribution sites or home delivery.
Our Diabetes Wellness Program addresses food insecurity and type 2 diabetes by leveraging food as medicine. Participants receive diabetic-appropriate foods, fresh produce, nutrition education materials and clinic referrals.
Our newest innovative program is the Kitchen Collective. We transform raw ingredients into nutritious, frozen entrées for low-income seniors facing hunger and time, energy and/or physical limitations.
The REFB Senior Security programs serve adults age 60 or over. Each month, we distribute approximately 30 pounds of supplemental food, plus 15 pounds of nutrient-rich, fresh produce to each person. We also distribute approximately 1,200 frozen entrées handmade by volunteers in our commercial kitchen.
By the end of the 2016 fiscal year, we expect to distribute 2,250,000 pounds of healthy supplemental food to our aging adult neighbors, including 640,000 pounds of nutrient-rich produce and 22,000 hearty entrées from our Kitchen Collective program, which is experiencing rapid growth. Combined, this is the equivalent of 1,891,500 meals.
Stein Hospice is a not-for-profit agency that offers compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Stein provides pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. Serving patients and families since 1981, Stein offers care in patients' homes, nursing facilities, hospitals and Stein Hospice Care Center.
Break Time Club is designed to provide a safe, enriching and enjoyable environment for older adults with physical or mental limitations. It also provides an opportunity for caregivers to relax or take care of personal business knowing their loved one is in a stimulating program with a professional, caring staff.
Break Time Club provides a variety of recreational and educational activities appropriate for our clients. Art projects, music, games, and gentle exercise are just a few of the regular programs. Companionship for participants is also an important part of the program. It meets twice a week.
"My husband had a special love for all those friends he made at Shepherd's Center...Even with dementia he didn't forget you or what he liked and that was you. You gave him acceptance, love, and peace of mind which he needed! It also gave me peace, to see him so happy! You all helped to make his last couple of years happier"