Truckee’s Sierra Senior Services provides needed meals for local seniors
Special to the Sun
Here’s a typical story heard around the Sierra Senior Services: An elderly woman thought she was doing a good deed when she took out a line of credit on her home to assist a family member having financial problems.
Now the 85-year-old widow has lost her home to foreclosure, is living in subsidized housing, and has serious health problems that tax what little savings she has left. Used to being one who could be counted on for her generosity, she is surviving on the generosity of others, especially Sierra Senior Services.
“(This) story is similar to many seniors who have outlived their savings and have to seek assistance for the first time,” said Sarah Deardorff, Executive Director of Sierra Senior Services. “In these economic times, we are not surprised to see more seniors requesting meals. A large portion of our funding is in jeopardy. If we lose it, we will have a difficult time providing daily hot meal service to seniors who reside in Truckee and the North Shore area.”
Sierra Senior Services receives almost 30 percent of its income from government sources. If the state cuts grants to health and human services programs, the loss would be devastating. Deardorff has applied for additional grants, but is finding greater competition for limited opportunities.
“A recent grant I applied for had 457 submissions from other nonprofits, and the funding agency is only planning to fund 10. Sure the odds are slim, but I am committed to keeping our agency afloat,” Deardorff said.
Deardorff is quick to credit the community for their generosity, from the individual to organizations like the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and several service clubs.
On Wednesday, March 15, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is sponsoring a one-day event to raise $100,000 for local nonprofits in need. Expect a call. And give what you can. Together we can make a difference.
Local Action. Local Dollars. Improved Lives.
Meals Served: 21,303
Seniors Served: 313 and growing
2009 budget: $357,000
Federal and State Funding: Close to 27 percent of budget
Cost to provide one senior with
food for one year: $300 to $750, depending on need.
For more information: contact Sarah Hall Deardorff, Executive Director, Sierra Senior Services at 550-7600, ext. 11
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