The City of Seattle’s Farm to Table Project will continue to link senior meal sites and child care programs to local area farms. The goal of these efforts is to get local, organic produce into some of Seattle’s most under-served communities. With continued funding from the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and community partnerships, the program, launched through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, will be continued. For more information please contact Maria Langlais at email@example.com or Natalie Thomson at Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss this month’s Seniors Coffee Hour on Thursday, June 21 at the first floor of the Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia and Marion Streets) from 10-11 a.m. Jennifer Wieland, Project Manager from Elliott Bay Seawall Project, and Nathan Torgelson, Policy and Development Manager from Seattle Parks Department, will be speaking about the Seawall Project on Seattle’s Waterfront. No RSVP needed; just come on down!
The Human Services Department’s Aging & Disability Services was recently featured in an article in City Living community newspaper. Division director Jesse Eller spoke about ADS’ role as the local Area Agency on Aging and the focus on supporting seniors and people with disabilities living at home.
Read the latest issue of Spotlight, an e-newsletter for seniors by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens.
If so, help is available at a workshop facilitated by Joan Uzelak with the from the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Age 55+ Employment Resource Center, part of the Seattle Human Services Department. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012, 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, lower level of Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA 98103. Learn job search techniques, job lists, Web sites, and other resources. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, send your name, e-mail address, and phone number to Joan Uzelak email@example.com. Please put WCSC in the subject line of your e-mail.
Join us at this month’s Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour on Thursday, May 17 from 10-11 a.m. at the Central Building. Learn about lesser-known programs and organizations in the community that help people keep their homes, bodies, and wallets healthier. For more information, download the flyer.
A recent Seattle Channel video on Seattle senior centers included information about City of Seattle/Human Services Department senior programs.
Seattle Times photographers offer a glimpse into one of HSD’s funded program, the Somali Community Services of Seattle (SCSS). HSD’s Aging & Disability Services funds their senior lunch program and exercise program. SCSS is a partner with Refugee Women’s Alliance (the contractor). ADS also supports van transportation to and from the senior lunch program through a grant with Senior Services. Check out the photos.
Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County.
Applicants must be King County residents age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) and low-income—below 185 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In real terms, that means someone who meets the age requirement must have an annual income at or below $20,665 (or $1,723 monthly) if he or she lives alone or $27,991 ($2,333 monthly) if he or she lives with one other person. For larger households, the FPL formula adds $611 per month per person.
Applications are available online or by calling the following organizations:
- African American Elders Program: 206-328-6840
- Asian Counseling & Referral Service: 206-695-7510
- Chinese Information & Service Center: 206-624-5633 ext 4178
- Latino Information & Assistance: 206-764-4700
- Neighborhood House: 206-461-4522
- Russian Information & Assistance (Irina at JFS): 425-643-2221
- Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
- Senior Information & Assistance 206-448-3110 or 1-888-4ELDERS
Because funds are limited, a random selection process is used to select recipients. Completed applications must be submitted by mail and postmarked by June 4, 2012. All applicants will receive a letter by early July informing them of their status.
Join us for a conversation with Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Patricia Hunter at the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Senior Coffee Hour. This month’s Coffee Hour will be held on Thursday, April 19, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Central Building, 810 3rd Ave., 1st floor. Ms. Hunter will discuss advocating for people in long-term care facilities.