Letter from the Director: March-April 2024

Director’s Message

Huge Thank You….We would like to sincerely thank all that contributed to our donation fund in November and December.  Your generosity assisted us in meeting some of our financial obligations to Sound Generations and our year-end debt.  As grant payments from government agencies can take up to 90 days, we do not as yet, have our final budget status for 2023.  We will be sure to post it in the May/June newsletter once the auditors have completed their review of our finances.

On behalf of the staff, we would also like to thank you for your kind words and display of support as we hosted the Celebration of Life for our dear colleague and friend, Janice Bellotti-Pace Sheikh.  We have never experienced losing 2 team members in a short period of time and it has taken its toll on us.

Bequests/Legacy Giving….We are deeply grateful to a wonderful volunteer and participant, Carolyn Enloe, who passed away July 29th, 2022. Carolyn loved the Center and had a great desire to continue supporting our mission.  In her final days, she bequeathed $71,000 to the Senior Center, to be used for general overhead expenses (rent, utilities, food, staff, etc.). Carolyn served as a Reception Desk volunteer for many years, providing outstanding service to all. If you would like to learn more about our Legacy/Bequest Giving Program, please contact me for further details, and see page 5.

Lake Forest Park Rotary….We are grateful to Lake Forest Park Rotary for their recent acceptance of our grant application for $2,500 to support our Food Expenses this year.  In 2024, we budgeted a need to raise $24,800 to cover food costs and welcome any individual or corporate donations to support the food programs.  This is an indispensable service to our seniors.

Wish List….In order to reduce costs early in the year, we have started a Wish List which is featured on our website www.shorelinelfpseniorcenter.org.  Click on the link Get Involved to review the entire list of needs.  We will update the Wish List monthly.  Please be sure to note that we cannot take expired or damaged goods nor used items per our compliance to Heath Codes.  A list of needs is located in the front lobby.  Items can be dropped off at the front desk, preferably Fridays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Thank you for choosing to donate.

Vaccination Day….Mark your calendars for March 15th, to attend our Vaccination Day, in partnership with Walgreens Pharmacy.  Vaccinations offered will include Covid and RSV shots.  Please call or stop by the Reception Desk to register for the event.  Bring your insurance card.  No insurance, come anyways!  See page 4.

The staff look forward to a great new year and new experiences.  See you at the Center!


Theresa LaCroix, Executive Director