Wallingford Community Senior Center Programs
Welcoming, Responsive, Accessible
Every interaction can make a difference,
creating a personal sense of welcome and connection. Our resourceful, caring
staff and volunteers work to bring strong programs into being – from
idea to practical delivery.
We strive to minimize barriers – cost,
isolation, health limitations – so our programs and services can be easily
accessible. This is a critical consideration, as 50% or more of our
participants have financial or functional limitations.
WCSC's Program Pillars
Social Connections & Safety
Fostering social connection
underpins all that we do for everyone we serve. We offer:
social work consultations
navigation and workshops
discussion and activity groups
This encompasses physical, emotional, mental,
and social aspects of well-being. We offer fitness classes, health workshops,
good food in our lunch program, meditation and ‘happiness’ activities to
support positive aging.
Learning fosters resilience, flexibility,
attention, as well as cognitive health. In our open positive environment,
participants share knowledge, learn new skills and gain understanding of
themselves, people in their lives, and their world. Opportunities span artistic
expression, technology, books, writing, and other pertinent topics or issues.
WCSC is a volunteer organization at heart. 165
volunteers of all ages and abilities pulled together in 2014 to help us achieve
our mission. For older adults volunteering with us, it engenders a sense of
purpose and connection essential to healthy aging. Our commitment to engaging
volunteers of all ages is key to connecting people across generations.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
2014 was a year of ‘stretch’ and resilience.
saw a 25% increase over 2013 in people served by and participating at WCSC –
2000 lives touched! Despite full loss of funding for our ‘former’ lunch
program, we reimagined and strengthened our meal program, making it better and
serving more people – 5000 meals. In doing so, we affirmed our commitment to
reducing barriers for people who are food insecure. We stepped up our outreach
efforts, with a focus on Lake City, with satellite programs for older adults in
a geographic area that has no organized senior programs. And we continued
to deepen and expand our already full program set at our place-based home in
the Good Shepherd Center, with a special focus on our social work services that
were new in 2013.
A new funding rubric has resulted in a 51% loss of our
public funding base, just when we are poised to intentionally expand our
geographic reach to north-central and northeast Seattle, where the aging
population is growing hugely, inequity and diversity are very real, and
services are scarce. As a small organization, we are proud of our
tenacity, what we have done and what we still can do. Yet, we are at a
tipping point. Stretching further without significant change won’t
happen. We have to go beyond the traditional model of a small stand-alone,
place-based agency that serves older adults.
The need and opportunity is to build
organizational strength, scale, and long-term stability. Our 3-fold agenda
building across all aspects of the organization
expansion with a new service delivery model
well-done for stronger impact without losing our heart.
A most exciting
time, we invite you to join us with your support and involvement. Thank