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					                                                                                Passionately helping seniors survive
www.servingseniors.org                                                                                          Fall 2006

Watch Us Grow!
 If you have traveled through City          walking distance. Completion is
 Heights recently, you have no doubt        scheduled for September 2007.                     Senior Sound Off
 seen our newest project, City Heights
                                            The City Heights project is modeled        Seniors share their thoughts on living
 Square, located at 43rd and Polk, a
                                            after the very successful Potiker           at Potiker Family Senior Residence.
 neighborhood with one of the largest
                                            Family Senior Residence located in
 concentrations of low-income seniors
                                            downtown’s East Village. Open since
 in the region. The services we will                                                                          “Potiker has been a
                                            2003, Potiker Family Senior                                       lifesaver for many
 bring to City Heights will significantly
                                            Residence provides high-quality                                   of us...We are more
 improve the quality of life for many of                                                                      secure and active
                                            affordable independent living for
 the seniors living there.                                                                                    and we appreciate
                                            low-income seniors. The 200-unit                                  all of the love and
                                            complex offers safe and secure                                    concern showed by
                                            housing with supportive services, and                             the staff.”
                                                                                                              -Joe L.
                                            has a library, garden, TV room, state-
                                            of-the-art kitchen, and dining room.
                                                                                         “The menus and meals
                                                                                        are fabulous. There is a
                                                                                              good variety, good
                                                City Heights Square rendering            nutrition and excellent
                                                                                              quality. There are
                                                                                          pleasant and friendly
                                                                                             people cooking and
                                                                                             serving the meals.”
 City Heights Square September 2006.                                                                 -Estrella T.

 City Heights Square will provide 150
 handicap accessible units with full                                                                          “The staff is very
                                                                                                              patient with us
 kitchens for seniors earning less than
                                                                                                              and answers all of
 $22,000 a year. Rent for those who                                                                           our questions.”
 qualify will range from $359 to $549                                                                         -Clifford M.
 per month. Senior Community
 Centers will offer supportive housing
 services including in-house access to              A Lasting Tribute                 “I have been able to
 two hot, nutritious meals daily, health     Numerous opportunities are available     make lots of friends
 and mental health care and social          to pay tribute to a cherished loved one       and improve my
                                               by naming an area in City Heights       English. There are
 services, as well as social activities.                                                  people who care
                                               Square in their honor or memory.
 Seniors will have a safe and secure                                                     about me and the
                                            Please contact Donna Pippins, director        [other] seniors.”
 place to live with access to bus stops,     of development, at 235-6572 x308 to               -Miguel V.
 shopping centers, health clinics and         schedule a personal tour or receive
 24-hour pharmacies, all within                        more information.
               SERVING SENIORS                                                                                                                    Fall 2006



Serving Our Seniors...Friends in Deed(s)
 The Serving our Seniors committee is a group of dedicated board members and                                                          Pictured to the left: Serving
                                                                                                                                      Our Seniors Committee
 community volunteers whose focus and passion is providing activities and                                                             members from left: Joy
                                                                                                                                      Vaccari, JanetWinnick,
 social gatherings for clients at Senior Community Centers’ Broadway Day                                                              co-chair Marge Schmale,
 Center, a group that is typically ignored or forgotten by society.                                                                   COO Maureen Piwowarski,
                                                                                                                                      Susan Boyle a.k.a. Dame
                                                                                                                                      Edna, staff member
 Conceived by longtime friend and board member, Darlyn Davenport, the group                                                           MicheleVieux and
                                                                                                                                      co-chair Kathy Parker.
 ensures that seniors in need receive “fun” things in addition to the necessities
 of daily living. This has ranged from equipping homeless clients entering our
 Transitional Housing Program with “welcome baskets” to providing cards and                 Pictured to the Right:
 little gifts to homebound seniors in the Home Delivered Meals Program.                     Senior Idol winners
                                                                                            Jon Shank, 2nd place
                                                                                            (left) and Michael
 One of the committees’ favorite activities is hosting parties and events for the           Frane, 1st place
                                                                                            (right) pose for a shot
 seniors at the Broadway Day Center, our flagship center at 9th and Broadway                after the contest
 downtown. They recently held a Senior Idol talent show based on the popular hit            with “Dame Edna”,
                                                                                            SCC Board Member,
 television reality show, “American Idol”. Talents ranged from guitar playing to            Susan Boyle.

 singing to piano playing. Winners were selected by our “celebrity judges” and
                                                                                                                                    Pictured to the left: Kathy
 received cash awards as well as bragging rights. Judges were Dave Nuffer of Nuffer                                                 Parker, SCC Board Member
 Smith Tucker, who delighted the seniors with two numbers on his ukulele at                                                         and Serving Our Seniors
                                                                                                                                    Committee Co-Chair, stuffs
 intermission; Barbara Brown, Senior Community Centers board member; Tina                                                           welcome baskets for
                                                                                                                                    homeless clients entering
 Bradford of KPMG Accounting, one of our 2006 Volunteer Heroes; and Tim Ruis,                                                       the Transitional Housing
                                                                                                                                    Program. The baskets are
 Senior Community Centers Activities Coordinator.
                                                                                                                                    flexible laundry baskets filled
                                                                                                                                    with basic necessities such
 The Serving our Seniors committee realizes that although the services we provide are                                               as bedding, towels, and
                                                                                                                                    toiletries, microwavable
 critical to the seniors’ wellbeing, it is important to add an element of fun to our clients’                                       dishes, kitchen utensils, a gift
                                                                                                                                    certificate to the Windmill
 lives too, and we applaud them for their efforts. They are truly friends in deed.                                                  Thrift Shop, and some
                                                                                                                                    “surprise” goodies.




            If you’re ever at the   repeated over and over again.      involved with Senior                       staff costs. Thank you to all of
            Broadway Day            What’s all the excitement          Community Centers, feeling                 our volunteers for your time
            Center between          about? Well, the Serving           that it is their corporate social          and commitment to the
            11:30a.m and            Seniors Group has arrived.         responsibility to work with                seniors.
            12:30p.m., you’re       Serving Seniors serve lunch        seniors in the community.
            sure to hear a lot of   and visit with the seniors at      Jude Begell, Senior Community
            clapping and the        our Broadway Day Center and        Liaison for Vitas, enjoys coming
            words “Thank you”       Potiker Family Senior              to the Broadway Day Center
                                    Residence. Many of our             and interacting with the seniors
                                    volunteers also sponsor events     and staff. She says, “It’s a good
    New Serving Senior              and activities for the             feeling knowing that the seniors
         Groups                     seniors.                           are excited to see you and you
                                    Vitas Innovative Hospice Care      start to form relationships.”
♦ San Diego First Assembly                                                                                        Top Picture:Jude and
                                    has been a Serving Seniors         Our volunteers are a very
♦ Diversa Corporation                                                  important part of our
                                                                                                                  her four-legged friend
                                    Volunteer since January 2006                                                  greet Anna. Pictured
                                    and is the sponsor for our         organization. The services                 at right: Jude and Tim
   Welcome to the Senior            monthly Birthday celebration       provided by volunteers such as
                                                                                                                  Ruis, Activities
                                                                                                                  Coordinator, give out
 Community Centers family.          at our Broadway Day Center.        Vitas, allow the organization to           raffle prizes at the July
                                                                       save over $200,000 per year in             Birthday Celebration.
                                    Vitas was eager to get


            If you or your organization is interested in volunteering at one of Senior Community Center’s facilities,
                                      please contact Tim Ruis at 619.235.6538 ext. 305


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               SERVING SENIORS                                                                                        Fall 2006




                    From the Desk of Paul Downey                                                   Board of Directors
                    President & CEO                                                                    2006-2007
                                                                                                     Executive Committee
                                                                                                          Board Chair
One of the privileges I have    success. More than 75%           Americans who personify              Mitchell Dubick, Esq.
enjoyed over the past 11        served in the armed forces       self-reliance and a “pull up     Vice Chair, Board Development
years as President/CEO of       or were married to a             your bootstraps” work ethic.             Carol Jensen
Senior Community Centers        veteran.                         But the sad reality is that
                                                                                                       Vice Chair, Finance
has been getting to know                                         they desperately need help.
                                Unfortunately, all it took                                             Tiah Reppas, CPA
hundreds of seniors. The
                                was illness, the loss of a job   Your gifts to Senior
commonality among                                                                                        Kate Engler
                                or some other unforeseen life    Community Centers provide               Tom Fleming
everyone I have met is that
                                event to send them spiraling     basic human needs for our             Waheed F. Karim
each has accomplished
                                into poverty and, in some        seniors – food, shelter and            Kathy Parker
something significant in his
                                cases, homelessness. I take      healthcare.                        Raymond G. Wright, Esq.
or her life.
                                inspiration from the courage                                         David J. Zubkoff, Esq.
                                                                 Thank you for caring about
A common, but unfortunate,      – and often good humor –
                                                                 seniors and contributing to          Board of Directors
misconception is that           these seniors display daily
                                                                 Senior Community Centers.                 Will Beamer
seniors living in poverty       in the face of circumstances
                                                                 We deeply appreciate your             Susan Boyle, Esq.
have always lived that way.     that would overwhelm the
                                                                 support and generosity.               Barbara J. Brown
Nothing could be further        strongest among us.
                                                                                                       John C. Calabotta
from the truth. Virtually all                                    Paul Downey can be reached
                                Most of them are too proud       at: paul.downey@servingsen            Brian P. Chambers
of our seniors worked very
                                to ask for your help. They       iors.org or 619. 235.6572 ext.     Susan A. Channick, Esq.
hard throughout their lives
                                come from a generation of        301                                  Tana Cleaves, CTFA
and many achieved great                                                                                Darlyn Davenport
                                                                                                        Barbara Freundt
   CEO Paul Downey serves as President of the California Elderly Nutrition Partnership                   Rosalie Gerevas
(CENP), formed to advocate for increased funding at the Federal and State levels for senior             Randall Gorman
  nutrition programs. In 2005, under Paul’s leadership, CENP formed a strategic alliance
                                                                                                         Pamela Hardy
 with the California Association of Nutrition Directors for the Elderly (CANDE) to increase
    nutrition funding from the Older Americans Act. CENP is also collaborating with the                 Jonathan Heller
  Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA) to educate elected officials about the                 Annette Hirt
critical importance of nutrition for the elderly and persons with serious illnesses. Paul was           Cynthia Ledesma
    also recently elected to the board of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging           Andrew P. McCuen, CPA
  Services Program (NANASP), and as a result of his commitment to nutrition access and            Jong Won Min, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  funding, has been asked to help to plan a national summit of nutrition service providers
                            to be held in Washington, DC in 2007.
                                                                                                        Christine Nelson
                                                                                                          Sheila Potiker
                                                                                                       Arlene Prater, Esq.
                                                                                                           Randi Rosen
Welcome, New Board Members                                                                               Marge Schmale
          Susan Boyle                  Jonathan Heller                   Mark Sherwin                     Mark Sherwin
         Of Counsel              Director of Public Relations          Project Manager/                  Janet Stannard
     Best Best & Krieger            Southwest Strategies             Supervising Geologist                 Joy Vaccari
                                                                            MWH
    Susan Channick, Esq.                   Annette Hirt                                                  Debi Zumtobel
          Professor                 Community Volunteer                    Joy Vaccari
  California Western School                                          Community Volunteer               Director Emeritus
            of Law                         Chris Nelson                                              Anne De Meules Myers
        Rosalie Gerevas           Field Operations Manager
    Community Volunteer                Blue Cross of CA                                                President and CEO
                                                                                                          Paul Downey

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               SERVING SENIORS                                                                                                  Fall 2006



It’s Never to Late to Learn                                                                   Shop for Seniors
                                                                                                          If you’re looking for designer
                                                                                                          fashions at bargain prices,
 Older Adult Rehabilitation Specialist, Dennis                                                            look no further than the
 Dearie, found that when seniors came to Potiker                                                          Windmill Thrift Shops in
 Family Senior Residence they kept to themselves                                                          North Park and downtown
 and didn’t have much interaction with one another.                                                       San Diego. Not only will you
 To keep their minds active and encourage                                                                 be able to find great prices on
 socialization, Dennis formed Potiker University in                                       clothes, shoes and books but you’ll also be
 January 2006.                                                                            helping two of San Diego’s most highly
 Potiker University offers classes such as                                                respected not-for-profit organizations. Under
                                                      Students take notes as Dennis
 geography, where students learn about the history, Dearie gives a lecture on             a partnership agreement, all the proceeds
                                                      Human Anatomy.                      from the Windmill Thrift Shops benefit
 economics and cultures of different countries
 around the world. In the current session of Potiker University, students are             Senior Community Centers and Vista Hill
 learning about Biology.                                                                  Foundation.

 Even though each series has a specific focus, many of the seniors see other              The thrift shops offer high-end, quality
 benefits. “The class helped me learn English,” said student Miguel V. “I would           merchandise. Come in and discover the great
 listen during class and look up what I didn’t understand later. Now I know more          deals available on designer fashions such as
 vocabulary and my English is much better.”                                               Prada, Gucci and Ellen Tracy. Find
                                                                                          collectibles and one-of-a-kind items at
 Potiker residents are enjoying meeting their neighbors and learning something            unbelievable prices! You’ll also find bargains
 new. Potiker resident, Jimmy L. says of the classes, “It keeps our brains from           on furniture, including couches, dining room
 stagnating by being alert and active.”                                                   sets, china cabinets, desks and chairs.

                                                                                          If you would like to show how much you care,
                                                                                          donate your gently used clothing, collectibles,
Senior Community Centers—By the Numbers                                                   small furnishings and household goods.
                                                                                          Donations are accepted at both locations.
         Did you know...                                                                  Call the thrift shops or visit their website at
     From July 2005 to June 2006,                                                         www.windmillthriftshops.org for more
      Senior Community Centers:                                                           information.

 •    Served 318,627 meals.                                                               Windmill Thrift Shop - North Park
                                                                                          3081 University Ave.
 •    Provided 3,669 Social Work                                                          Phone: 619.291.2415
      Visits                                                                              Open 7 days a week
 •    Provided 781 Mental Health                                                          10:00am - 6:00pm
      Visits                                     SCC Staff, Francisco (left) and          Windmill Thrift Shop Outlet - Downtown
 •    Provided 2,785 Nurse Visits                Teresito, prepare meals for clients in   315 16th Street
                                                 the Home Delivered Meals program.
                                                                                          Phone: 619.238.2325
                                                                                          Open 7 days a week
                                                                                          10:00am - 6:00pm (PDT)
                                                                                          10:00am - 4:00pm (PST)
                                     Wish List
• 10 yoga mats for a new yoga class at Potiker Family Senior Residence
• Bingo Cards for our Broadway Day Center
       To donate, please call 619.235.6572 x305 or visit our website at:
                            www.servingseniors.org
                                                                                                    525 14th Street, Suite 200
 If you are interested in sponsoring this newsletter, please call 619.235.6572 ext. 305
                        or Sheona.Richardson@servingseniors.org                                        San Diego, CA 92101
                                                                                              Phone: 619-235-6572 Fax: 619-235-9829
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