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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.

Saying Good Bye! The “J Team”, Jon Ann & Judy have retired!

Jon Ann came to the Senior Center in July 2000. Judy became a job share partner in 2008, working two days week while Jon Ann helped with childcare for her first granddaughter.

While I feel somewhat sad to be ending this tenure with the senior center, I am ready to let the reins be taken over by someone else. Working at this center has been a huge part of my life for over 17 years. I’ve made tons of friends not only within the center but throughout the community and I’m so grateful for that. If anyone can inspire you it can be the people who come here on a daily basis, no matter what. I have some amazing contracted instructors who work with their hearts as well as with their skill for the people they serve. Facilitators and volunteers of all kinds fall into that “amazing” category as well. Lots of things have evolved these past years, most for the best. Center programs have expanded offering more choices, hopefully meeting more needs. The fitness program has grown including the important balance classes. Being part of the “J Team” has been just the best; Judy and I have had fun learning from one another; each with our own talents to share with one another. Ed and I are looking forward to becoming participants and being able to play! ~My best, Jon Ann

Working at the senior center and meeting all of you has been a real joy in my life. We have gone through good time and challenging times together; meeting new friends and losing some good friends. I have watched the passage of time but because of you I see my retirement as an opportunity instead of a barrier to new things. I never thought I would feel so close to the team of people I work with. When offered the opportunity to work with Jon Ann I was thrilled. It was an opportunity to learn new things and to use my skills and expertise to support the senior center. I have worked with her for the past 9 years and learned a lot from her. She is the creative one and it was fun watching her use her considerable talent. I will always have fond memories about being a member of the “J” Team. Marilyn and I have a kindred spirit and we had some lively conversation. She tried to keep us all in line, but it didn’t stick very often. Bob never knew what to do with us. Most of the time he just let us go and hoped for the best. Gina is the new kid on the block and a great gal. She is the Thrift Store manager and an all around smart cookie. Donnie is a great chef; I don’t know how long he
will continue to be called the “New Chef”, but I love his cooking. Anyway, he always has a warm smile when you come back to his kitchen and enjoys visiting with the seniors. Antonio and Chris: they are always available to help, love you guys! So when you think of me, keep good thoughts and picture me riding my motorcycle in the sunshine! ~Thanks for everything, Judy