First off, thank you to all who have donated to the Redmond Senior Center previously. Your #seniorstewardship helps build more meaningful lives for our area seniors.
Since COVID-19, our services for seniors and at risk homebound individuals have increased 50% and more growth is expected. Considered an essential service, over 3000 daily meals per month are provided through the Redmond Senior Center's Meals on Wheels (MOW) and Home Meal Services programs helping bring nutritious food and well-being checks to our most vulnerable population.
If you're seeking ways to give any of your additional CARES ACT Stimulus dollars, a contribution to the COVID-19 Senior Stimulus Support Fund can help the Center keep pace with this growing need in our community. The Redmond Senior Center is the only resource in Redmond for MOW services and functions as the “senior service hub” for the area.
There has never been a better moment in our lifetime to contribute to the needs of this generation who is most at risk. Your support will ripple for years to come in the well-being of our entire community.
The need - Today, 23% of Redmond’s population is 50 years of age and older and a minimum of 16.5% age 65 and older live under the poverty line. Between Jan 1 and April 15, 2020 requests for MOW increased 50% and expected to continue to increase as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, expanded local awareness of MOW, and the significant population growth within the city. Collectively, Center leaders and strategic partners project uptick in requests from the community for seniors, homebound, disabled and those at risk who most often have underlying medical issues. The COVID-19 pandemic quarantine mandate escalates existing issues including depleted funding for basic needs including access food, meal preparation, ability to pay rent/mortgage and utilities, securing medication, health care, and medical equipment/supplies, and transportation and access to social gatherings, a critical resource for mental health.
Today, over 150 MOW meals are served daily and, with an anticipated 70% increase by June 30, 2021. Further, current COVID-19 pandemic five-phase lifespan, the number of meals served is not expected to recede by January 1, 2022. In preparation for increased demand for MOW services, the Center Board of Directors and staff focusing on two strategies:
- 1. anticipating future needs by reviewing current needs, securing data and information, and identifying ways to leverage existing resources; and,
- 2. implementing its Open Business Model which places emphasis on engaging strategic partners who are positioned to support food supply, volunteers and staff, connections to complementary services (i.e. mental and physical health), and expanding financial support including donations.
Success of current and emerging Redmond Senior Center MOW needs will be greatly impacted and your contribution can help keep pace!Thank you for considering us in your giving and your #seniorstewardship.