Support the Market Match program, which provides seniors getting SSI with an additional $5 each time they spend $5 at one of 25 participating farmers markets in Los Angeles County. SSI recipients can't get CalFresh and many with diabetes and other conditions are struggling to eat a proper diet. This program helps them get the diet they need while supporting our local organic farmers, and giving seniors a chance to socialize in the fresh air and relaxed atmosphere of the farmers markets! Serving LA County from Pomona to Long Beach to South LA to the Valley to East LA and other areas.
HESSCO has approximately 500 seniors over age 60 who receive Meals on Wheels through our nutrition program. For many of these seniors, HESSCO is the primary source of their nutrition on each day they receive the meal. When there is a weather emergency, the program sometimes cannot deliver meals because the catering company or the local senior centers where we host our programs close, or the volunteers cannot safely travel the roads. To prepare for these weather events, HESSCO purchases shelf-stable emergency meals. At the start of the winter season, each senior who receives Meals on Wheels, also receives two shelf-stable emergency meals. If HESSCO cannot deliver the hot noon meal due to weather, the seniors can consume their emergency meal. If HESSCO cannot deliver hot meals for more than two days, more emergency meals are purchased and distributed. HESSCO also provides local police and fire departments with a supply of emergency meals. In 2017-2018 winter season, HESSCO provided 2000 emergency meals. HESSCO will always work to ensure no senior is hungry. The expense of the emergency meals is not funded through any federal or state program and thus, HESSCO incurs the full cost because of our commitment to serve the nutrition needs of seniors.
On Thanksgiving and Christmas, HESSCO staff, Town of Walpole School Department staff, and other community groups volunteer their time to deliver a free, hot meal to any senior in our community who is alone for the holiday. The only expense of this program is the cost of the food as all of the groups involved donate their time. These holiday meals provide the opportunity for an isolated senior to have a friendly visit with a volunteer and receive a hot, holiday meal. This program is open to any senior in the HESSCO service area who will be alone for the holiday. The opportunity to sign-up for the program is distributed to area churches, senior centers and community groups prior to both Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 2017, HESSCO delivered over 150 meals on Thanksgiving and another 150 on Christmas. The seniors who receive this meal express their gratitude through tears, hugs, smiles and holiday well-wishes. HESSCO never has difficulty finding staff and other groups to donate their time because all involved know they have made a senior a little less lonely.
In Tennessee, nearly 70,000 grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren living with them. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million people are raising grandkids. This number is increasing rapidly as more parents become addicted to opioids and are jailed, forced into treatment centers or die from overdose. According to an AARP special report, the epidemic "is overwhelming many families and child welfare systems," said Jaia Peterson Lent of Generations United, a Washington-based advocacy group, at a Special Committee on Aging hearing last year. "Suddenly [grandparents] are forced to navigate complex systems to help meet the … challenges of the children who come into their care, often after experiencing significant trauma."
Regardless of the situation, there is limited information and resources available to assist grandparents as they become the primary caregiver for their grandchildren. To help grandparents navigate this role, COA provides a much needed resource guide along with in-person and over the phone consultations.
COA is seeking funds to expand our tools for grandparents by updating and reprinting our resource guide, "Empowering Grandparents: A Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," along with the creation of an e-book version for COA's website. To ensure we reach more grandparents in the community, COA plans to partner with Middle Tennessee school resource centers in communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.
For every $10 you donate, we can provide our informative resource guide and consultation support to an older adult raising their grandchildren.
Shared Housing of New Orleans helps elderly homeowners remain in their homes
by Shared Housing of New Orleans
Shared Housing of New Orleans keeps elderly and/or disabled homeowners from going to nursing homes that do not want to or need to be there. We match them with individuals who need a place to live. There is an even exchange of room and board by the homeowner for light housework and companionship by the homeseeker. Our mission is to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of elderly and disabled homeowners. Also we attempt to reduce homelessness by providing a transitional housing option for individuals seeking a place to stay. Independence and dignity are preserved in a mutually beneficial homesharing arrangement.