Want to learn how to use the World Wide Web, e-mail friends and draft basic Word documents? The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens’ Seniors Training Seniors computer classes may be for you. Seniors Training Seniors Technology Program offers unique computer classes for adults 50+ at sites throughout Seattle. Small class sizes of three to six seniors are taught by trained volunteer instructors in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Each person learns at his or her own pace. Most classes cost between $10 and $15 per person. Classes include the basic computer Introduction skills, advanced e-mail skills, Microsoft Word and photo editing. For more information on class locations and schedules, please contact Patti-lyn Bell, Human Services Department Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens, at 206-684-0639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning on March 1, 2011, the Seattle Human Services Department will realign its operations to better meet the needs of constituents and the community. The work of former divisions including Youth Development & Achievement, Early Learning & Family Support, and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention will be restructured to become two divisions: the Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division and Youth & Family Empowerment Division. The Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division will encompass all of HSD’s programs that assist individuals and families as they work toward self-sufficiency. The Youth & Family Empowerment Division will take a more holistic approach to providing services from early childhood to young adulthood, including paths to post-secondary training – college, vocational training, apprenticeships into skilled trades, or other employment. For more details about these and other changes please read this special edition of Life Lines newsletter.
The Seattle Human Services Department has issued a Request for Investments (RFI) for the King County Family Caregiver Support Program. Approximately $1,029,500 in funding is available. Of this, $960,000 is available to help reduce family caregiver stress and enable care receivers to remain at home and independent. An additional $69,500 is available for kinship caregiver programs, which help grandparents and other relatives caring for a child 18 or younger. Agencies interested in applying for this funding opportunity are strongly encouraged to attend one or both of the RFI information sessions.
Information Session #1 for New RFI Applicants (This session is open to all, but aimed at organizations new to the City’s RFI and contracting process): Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S, Seattle)
Information Session #2: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Renton Library Meeting Room, 100 Mill Ave S, Renton
For additional information and/or to request paper copies of the Family Caregiver Support Services RFI, contact Doug Ricker at 206-684-0292 or email@example.com.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services has openings for volunteer members who have the interest and time to advise Seattle-King County Aging and Disability Services on issues, services and policies that affect older people and people with disabilities.
The 27-member citizens body plays an important role in guiding Aging and Disability Services as it administers services for older people. Members are a vital link to legislators through their lobbying efforts and provide much needed input to the three sponsors: The City of Seattle (Human Services Department, Aging and Disability Services division, United Way of King County and King County. Members participate in monthly council meetings, committees, and legislative advocacy. They have opportunities to attend community events and informative presentations.The sponsors look for candidates with knowledge and interest in trends, issues and challenges facing older adults and people with disabilities through previous experience in community leadership roles. Strong candidates bring good communication skills, a collaborative spirit, experience in planning or delivery of service systems and the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds.
If you are interested, please contact Gigi Meinig, Seattle Human Services Department, Aging and Disability Services division, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-0652.
The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations, recently launched a new Web site, the Giving Center. The site provides information for prospective donors on 675 nonprofits doing a wide range of work. Financial and evaluation information is included for each organization described. Launch of the site was covered in the Seattle Times and New York Times.
The fight against tobacco use and obesity just got a big boost. The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) was among the recipients of 51 Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants totaling $8.9 million from Public Health – Seattle & King County to fund school districts, community-based organizations, and local governments to improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease tobacco use. HSD received two awards:
- $200,483 to the Aging & Disability Services division to reduce the price of fresh produce for 17 congregate meal sites and one home-delivered meal provider by cooperatively purchasing directly from local farmers.
- $73,000 to Early Learning and Family Support division to increase availability of healthy foods and children’s physical activity in early learning and afterschool programs serving children ages birth through 12.
For details about this federal stimulus-funded grant program, please see this press release and the CPPW Web site. If you have questions, please contact Jerry DeGrieck, HSD, at email@example.com or 206-684-0684.
On July 15, the Mayor’s Office of Senior Citizens’ Coffee Hour features Barbara Gray (Seattle Department of Transportation), who will talk about the Walk Bike Ride initiative and the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. The Aug. 19 coffee hour features Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin.
Both events are on Thursdays mornings (10-11 a.m.) in the Central Building, 810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion streets in downtown Seattle). Following both events, guests are invited to walk up to City Hall for free concerts. Questions? Call the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest news and information about the Seattle Human Services Department, see the June 2010 edition Life Lines e-newsletter: http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/lifelines/archives.htm.
The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.
KUOW radio aired a three-part series on aging in late April that featured Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens intern (and jobseeker) Katherine Kirsch in the story “Work: The New Retirement Plan.” A story on affordable housing for seniors, “A Quiet Crisis,” refers to the Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging & Disability Services (ADS) division projections that the number of seniors living in poverty will double by the year 2025. A third story, “Who’s Caring For The Caregiver?”, discusses services to help caregivers cope with stress. KUOW reporter Ruby de Luna worked closely with ADS staff on these stories.