Help Seniors Maintain Their Homes and Independence
by Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.
We want seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live safely and independently in the homes and communities they love. We provide free home safety inspections, 24/7 emergency help, and a wide variety of handyperson services that help maintain homes inside and out like plumbing, electrical work, painting, and carpentry work, along with more routine jobs, like house cleaning and lawn care. We also do shopping, meal prep, and companionship for those who need them. Most of the jobs are done by retirees, who either volunteer their time or earn just $15/hr for what they do. This model has worked for us for over 23 years, and helped thousands of older homeowners age in place.
Of the approximately 500 households we serve, over 150 are low-income. They find themselves juggling grocery and medical bills with other essential expenses, like taxes and utilities. In many cases there just isn't anything left over for things like home maintenance. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
For the past few years we've been working hard to raise funds to help offset the cost of services and help these seniors take care of their homes...and their self esteem. There is always more to do! Your donation will help us continue to do this important work.
The Legacy Community Kitchen is an Intergenerational Farm to Table Initiative located at the Legacy Center and a part of our Alzheimer's Day Program. The purpose is to provide seniors in our Alzheimer's Day Program the opportunity to build and care for their own raised garden and to improve their daily nutritional intake by consuming produce that is grown.
SHIFT is a place where people in the 2nd half of life are building connections, discovering resources, and identifying their life passions as they navigate work/life transitions. Your gift supports over 100 educational events and groups in 2019 for over 2,600 members who are in life transition-changing jobs, losing a loved one, downsizing a living situation, and searching for activities that bring new meaning to life.
Founded in 1965, Meals On Wheels Atlanta provides meals for seniors who struggle to afford or access adequate food--seniors like Phyllis P., who is 74 years old and lives in Atlanta's Vine City neighborhood. Phyllis never liked asking for help. "I was very independent. So the idea of accepting charity was foreign to me," she told us. "But cancer wipes out your savings. I only had $70 left for food when one of my friends suggested I call Meals On Wheels Atlanta."
Unfortunately, Phyllis's experience facing food insecurity is all too common. In fact, 18% of older adults in our community experience the stress and indignity of not knowing how they'll get their next meal. Hundreds of seniors like Phyllis are waiting for our service, and hundreds more are on waiting lists across the Atlanta area, often waiting up to a year to start receiving meals. We need our community's support to help us eliminate our waiting list and end senior hunger in Atlanta.