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

Posted: December 1, 2020
Category: Press
Photos of seniors who are served by the organizations that received grants

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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