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Letter from the Director: June

Director’s Letter

We would like to extend a huge Thank You to all who participated and donated in our Happy Days on the Horizon Fund RaiserAs we have donation envelopes still arriving in the mail, we will not have a final cash count until June. As it stands, we raised $41,000 to date.  If you were not able to participate in May, please use the envelope attached to this newsletter to send in your annual donation.

Well, are we open or are we semi-closed?  Our heads are spinning attempting to keep up with the various safety mandating agencies that we adhere to.  This week the CDC announced that masks were not necessary when indoors if ALL were vaccinated.  We have chosen to not ask members and guests if they are vaccinated or not, therefore, we are continuing to require that MASKS BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE CENTER.

This decision was made after I attended a meeting on May 13th with the King County Health Department and representatives from 49 senior centers.  It was jointly decided that it was not safe to have folks unmasked in mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated within our buildings.  We will no longer require temperatures taken at the door and all participants will be tracked within the class/program they are attending.  Now, we must emphasize that if you do not feel well or have a temperature, please do not visit the center.  Shoreline continues to have positive diagnoses each day as COVID-19 is still in our midst; we are simply a little safer having been vaccinated.  If we note that someone is exhibiting poor health, we will ask them to leave the center.

Safety remains priority.

     Friday staff trainings!  Effective immediately, we the staff will be closing the center doors each Friday at 1:00 p.m. for staff training sessions and administrative duties.  Please note – this is ONLY on Fridays.  We will not answer telephone calls, emails or the front door.  As a small group of 3 fulltime staff members, we are making every effort to bring back all of our previous programming plus maintain the emergency services initiated during COVID-19.  Thank you for understanding our need for uninterrupted work time.

     Receptionist Desk Those of you who have already returned to the center have noted that there is no seating in the lobby area and we continue to have plexi glass shields to protect our receptionist.  All receptionist functions of the front desk are now electronic in order for us to meet the reporting demands of our funding sources.  As the receptionist is working on spreadsheets, accounting software programs and coordinating the daily home delivered meals, we ask that you refrain from choosing to socialize at her station.  The front desk is now a ‘working office space’, the same as our offices.  The pandemic has changed our operations permanently and while we may not be able to visit at length, know that we are working on your behalf, always seeking new funding and programming options.

Wellness Studio and Senior Center Model – In January of 2020, the Board of Directors chose to support the senior center adopting a Wellness Model.  We continue on this mission and while we will include new Life-Long Learning programs, each month we will add more Fitness & Wellness classes/workshops to improve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.  If you’ve relaxed in your fitness regiment, it’s time to take the pajamas off, get out of the house and get active again!

Check out our website for this month’s classes.

See you at the Center!

Theresa LaCroix

 

Letter from the Director: January

Dear Members, This has been a very unique and challenging year at the Senior Center as we navigated the new demands placed  upon us by COVID-19.  No one foresaw the huge impact it would have on our aging community and we had no idea  just how busy we would be.  Here are the final numbers for the major services we provided to our community. Continue reading “Letter from the Director: January”

November 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

A big hello to all of our friends!  It has been a long 8 months not having your wonderful smiles and laughter filling the halls of the center.  We have adopted a saying at the center, “We are open for business but our doors are locked”, and because of this policy, we have maintained full operations since March 13th, adapting our programs and services to become a critical Essential Service site for Shoreline and Lake Forest Park seniors.  Through the amazing support of our cities, residents, King County and the Office of Rod Dembowski,  we were able to quickly develop and implement the following services through September, 2020 (not including October’s counts).

· Home delivered 11,009 hot cooked meals M-F in our new TO GO Community Dining Program
· Home delivered 9,805 frozen meals through the Meals on Wheels Program
· Provided 1,045 bags of groceries to low income senior households
· Spent over 340 hours in Wellness Calls—friendly telephone call to check on members & assist with their needs
· Provided 82 mental health counseling sessions
· Provided an estimated 347 hours of Resource Management-assist seniors through personal challenges created by Covid-19; managing over 300 urgent needs
· Re-instated in-house Foot Care on June 15th and have already provided services to 423 participants
· Have had 723 guests participate in our online Zoom classes since July 1st – September30th

As we move into the last quarter of 2020, we are heavily focused on two major issues:  a) creating programs and services to address the effects of Social Isolation and b) developing our 2021 Annual Operating Budget.  In order to understand our operations, we’d like to share with you how we build financial resources.  First off, we are a 501-C3 Independent Senior Center.  We are housed under a larger organization called Sound Generations, which is the  largest non-profit senior service provider in the state.

While they provide our back-office administrative services such as IT, Human Resources to name a few, they do not financially cover our yearly budget.  We are responsible to raise the $630,000 that we require to provide the level of services and programs offered each year.  We build our budget through 8 various revenue generating programs:
Membership Receipt – Class Fees -Special Events (such as Holiday Bazaar) -Fund Raising
Corporate Sponsorship – Legacy Giving (Bequests) – Grant Funding  -Cash Donations

Throughout the year, we not only focus on that year’s funds but always building a reserve to move us into the new year.  As you review the list mentioned above, you will see that we have not had any opportunity to raise funding in several of our normal revenue generating opportunities.  You can help us this fall by purchasing a membership    (see the new levels of membership noted in this newsletter), participate in classes, attend a drive-by fund raiser,    or donate on our website or through our office.  December 3rd, is the Global Give Big Tuesday and we will be participating on our website at www.shorelinelfseniorcenter.org or accepting your checks through the mail sent    to the center.  Join us in developing our ‘new senior center’ concept.  One with onsite programming plus a variety   of online classes/courses, ever increasing our medical services to the community and broadening our community wide/family Special Events.

This month, we will begin hosting on-site classes, meeting all required safety precautions as well as offer additional online classes.  If you see a friend who is in need, let us know and better yet, help them make that first phone call to our social worker and/or mental health counselor.  You know the saying, “We are stronger together”!

In closing, on behalf of the staff, board and volunteers, we cannot express to you, our gratitude for the many donations of food, finances and cards.  You’ve made it possible for us to serve our community.  It has been rough, but what a pleasure it has been, learning how amazing the residents of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are. Our cities have stood at our side, providing every financial and physical resource they could.  Please review our    corporate sponsors and support their businesses.  We are so grateful to them for their partnerships.

You are out of site, but never out of our minds,
Theresa LaCroix

Additional Art Courses for 2018

We are very excited to announce that we will be adding additional art courses to our curriculum,
Throught the remainder of 2018. We’ve carefully chosen not only the mediums and projects, but
selected the finest instructors. We kick off our new series with a Byzantine (metal) jewelry class
led by professional metalsmith, Roger Horner. Roger has taught jewelry making for the past 40 years
and prior to retirement, managed the Jewelry-Metals Program at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle. All
tools and preparation of materials wil be provided by Roger during this course, to guarantee partici-
pants a successful & beautifully completed project. However, you will still acquire the fundamentals
of metal jewelry making through individual instruction and plenty of practice. Fall quarter, we will
begin our Basic Drawing Course and two textile courses. Watch for additional news in August.