By Gregory Kirwin
SAN BERNARDINO—Catholic Charities is connecting seniors to resources, vital information and healthy food. The “Elder Care Program: Life Skills Training” is holding classes at both the Magnolia at Highland Senior Apartment and the Catholic Charities 92411 “Hope in the City” Family Resource Center in San Bernardino.
“The program is a comprehensive approach to a complex problem,” said Beverly Earl, of Catholic Charities. “The seniors are a vulnerable population in so many ways. This program addresses their needs and connects them to critical services.”
The Life Skills Training classes are 2.5 hours of important information centered around topics most important to seniors, such as planning a budget, managing insurance plans, and stretching their income. The seniors also receive fresh fruit and vegetables at each class, courtesy of a corporate partner.
Currently 80 seniors participate in the program.
“More innovative programs are needed to serve elderly Americans who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Ken F. Sawa, CEO of Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside. “Our Elder Care Program is one such program that ensures that the deserving elderly population is not forgotten. This program is a shining example of Catholic Charities’ proactive approach to address a crisis as it unfolds to ‘stabilize, support and strengthen’ those in need.”
The seniors are also becoming more involved in the neighborhood by volunteering to prepare evening meals on the last week of the month for families involved with Catholic Charities 92411 “Hope in the City” Family Resource Center.