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News Report: Seniors Foundation Awards Nearly $200,000 in Grants to Reduce Social Isolation

Nine San Diego County organizations received grants to fund programs that reduce isolation and support seniors’ wellbeing. Pictured clockwise from top left: Somali Family Services, The Challenge Center, and Villa Musica.

This week the Union-Tribune reported on our first round of grants from the No Senior Alone initiative to reduce social isolation during COVID-19. SDSCF selected nine grant beneficiaries to receive nearly $200,000 in combined funding for programs that help seniors stay healthy, engaged, and connected to their communities.

At a press conference, SDSCF board chairman Ted Chan discussed the profound impact the pandemic has had on older adults in San Diego.

“As an emergency physician, I see the challenges our rapidly growing senior population faces everyday, impacting not only their health, but also their social and psychological well-being,” Chan said.

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Grant recipients for the first phase of the No Senior Alone initiative include:

  • The San Diego LGBT Center will receive $50,034 for its Community Outreach and Digital Support program for LGBTQ seniors
  • Villa Musica will receive $27,200 for its Music on the Move to bring outdoor concerts and music workshops to seniors
  • Somali Family Service will receive $25,000 to support isolated seniors in and around City Heights through the Community Health Worker Outreach Program
  • Neighborhood House Senior Center will receive $24,445 for a Virtual Health and Wellness program for seniors
  • The Challenge Center will receive $16,000 to create physical therapy and exercise classes for seniors in a safe, socially distant in outdoor setting
  • Peninsula Shepherd Center will receive $16,000 for its Connections through Technology program to improve virtual connection for seniors
  • Oceanside Senior Center will receive $15,000 for a Digital Café program to improve virtual connection for seniors
  • San Marcos Senior Center will receive $14,910 for its Connecting Seniors with Technology program
  • Foundation for Senior Care will receive $6,620 for its Telehealth Connections program

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