Description of Agency
WE CARE about older adults, their quality of life, independence and continuing potential
WE BUILD programs, services and relationships to meet the needs of this growing population
WE SERVE the community by empowering seniors, assisting families and enhancing lives
Meals on Wheels
Neighborhood Senior Centers
Professional Care Management
In-Home Services (Personal Care, Light Housekeeping, Respite)
Senior Health & Wellness
Transportation (TOPS) to health care services and appointments
Proposed Use of Funds
Describe the program or services for which the grant would be used.
To create a fourth senior center, located east of GA 400,serving residents
the Johns Creek/Alpharetta/Duluth area.
Funds would be used to help:
staff a new center for daily activities and to serve as a distribution
center for Meals on Wheels
purchase equipment and supplies for programs and activities that
would be selected based on input from local seniors
Create an appealing, exciting café concept environment
Possibly run additional shuttle service so that programming can be
expanded into the afternoon and possibly evenings, based on the
interest and needs of the seniors (our county funding provides for
one shuttle schedule to each center, which typically is 8:30am-
Briefly describe the major sources of funding (recurring grants,
Senior Services receives its base funding through federal money provided through
the Older Americans Act. Those funds are supplemented by Fulton County and
available through our four-year contract to provide specific services to older
residents of north Fulton County.
We have two major grants-- from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Fulton
County Commissioners/ Human Services Dept. that fund TOPS---our
transportation program through which we ensure seniors are able to get to
doctor and healthcare appointments. Corporations and civic groups also provide
annual grant funding so we can meet the growing need for assistance.
Senior Services has one major fundraiser each spring. The Chef’s Extravaganza
2010 is scheduled for April 24 and is being hosted by our Presenting Sponsor,
Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Local restaurants from the 6 cities of our service
area will donate their time and talent to help make this international culinary
experience a wonderful and successful evening.
Clients make voluntary contributions, we have an annual campaign and rely heavily
on volunteers to provide financial and in-kind support for our programs and
Prior Charity Guild Funding
If agency has previously received Charity Guild funds, please give dates,
amounts and information regarding how the funds were used.
$968,603 78.28 % of total expense
Management and General
$138,063 11.16 % of total expense
$130,660 10.56 % of total expense
List key strengths
Thanks to our 528+ volunteers, we are able to deliver over
$1.56m in services, with just $1.11m in funds.
As more business leaders become part of the sandwich
generation, they are beginning to understand that support for
seniors has a broad impact on the community and improves
the quality of life for all residents.
We enjoy a base of financial support from the county and federal
government, for our core programs. But as an independent,
non-profit organization, we have the flexibility to develop new
programs, services and activities we find are not yet available
to meet the unique needs of the residents of our local
List challenges currently being faced by the agency and challenges
which are forecasted.
The county budget deficit means cuts are expected and expansion of services with
county funding is unlikely. So, to realize the goal of a senior center east of GA
400 so we can serve more seniors and their families in this portion of the
county, we need to collaborate with the leaders in our community.
The senior population is becoming increasingly diverse---in terms of age, ethnicity
and degree of fitness. We are challenged to find staff and volunteers who can
communicate with seniors who do not speak English and we must update our
programs to appeal to a population whose ages span 4 decades.
85% of our seniors are low income and as they age and become increasingly frail,
they need more services but are unable to financially contribute any more than
they might be doing now.
We are challenged to increase recognition of seniors as an at-risk population who
need the support of the communities they helped build, especially during tough
economic times and as more of us become part of the “sandwich generation."