January - March 2020

Serving Our Seniors Report to the Community 12,057 Calls to Serving Our Seniors for Assistance 56,502 Actions Taken to Provide Assistance Nutrition 22,221 Hot Home Delivered Meals 1,326 Rural Lunch Group Meals Affordable Transportation 15,217 Subsidized Rides throughout Erie County 402 Out of Town Trips to Health Care Appointments 115 Individuals used Out Of Town Transportation to Health Care Appointments Priority Programs 40 New Ramps Installed 130 Ramps in Service 116 Handyman Services Services to Support Independent Living at Home Education Offered Medicare Education 1,180 Individual Counseling Sessions Financial Literacy Education 312 Individuals Attended Programs Forums on Topics for Sucessful Aging 848 Attendees Reported as of 4th Quarter, FY 2019 Dear friends, Since 1996, Serving Our Seniors has provided services for Erie County older adults to improve their health and maintain their ability to live independently. The number of senior citizens living in Erie County will soon represent 31% of the county’s population. We offer a wide range of services, from advocacy and problem solving, to small home repair, to help with housekeeping, home delivered meals and transportation. More than 2,700 individuals called for assistance from Serving Our Seniors this year. Serving Our Seniors has occupied its current office for over 11 years. We have outgrown our space and have decided to expand our facility. The office will be renovated, expanding from 3,100 to 4,700 square feet, to include more room for the advocates to work, one new staff office, a larger lobby, and five private client meeting rooms. The cost for the office expansion is projected at $180,000, with additional funds required for furnishings and equipment. Serving Our Seniors is primarily funded by the Erie County Senior Services Tax Levy. We strive to allocate tax levy dollars as much as possible to direct services for our clients. We hope to fully fund the office renovation with philanthropic support. Grant requests have been submitted to local foundations, but we anticipate a need for additional funds to meet our goal. May we count on your support to help us complete the office renovation and to continue to provide high quality services and programs for our clients? All donations are appreciated and bring us closer to our goal. Enclosed is a return envelope for your convenience. Please call me at 419-624-1856 if you have any questions about the project. Thank you for your support of our efforts on behalf of Erie County’s older adults. Best regards, Sue Sue Daugherty Executive Director 3