Adopt-a-Senior and Beat the Heat
We are currently accepting applications to ADOPT A SENIOR for the 2017 holidays. We still need donors for over 130 seniors. Please fill out the sponsor form to receive your senior's wish list. Donations may be dropped off at the Via Linda Senior center by Friday, Dec. 1.
The Adopt-a-Senior program serves low-income, home-bound, isolated seniors in Scottsdale. The program starts accepting donations in October and culminates with the delivering of gift bags during the holidays. This wonderful program serves two functions. First, we brighten the holiday season for so many with the generous gifts from our donors. Second, City of Scottsdale social workers and staff get to assess the growing need of our home-bound seniors.
The program started in 1997, when it serviced eight home-bound seniors in Scottsdale who had no family in the area. The following year the program grew to 56 seniors. Adopt-a-Senior has continued to grow each passing year. This holiday season we expect to provide services to approximately 230 seniors.
The recipients of this program are referred by City of Scottsdale social workers and two home delivered meal programs. The number of recipients has risen every year. We now have over 225 seniors as recipients of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Unfortunately, the need for this program grows more rapidly than we have donations.Adopt-A-Senior Sponsor Form
Beat The Heat
The Beat the Heat program serves low-income, home-bound, isolated seniors in Scottsdale. The program starts accepting donations in April and culminates with the delivering of care packages in late June. This wonderful program serves two functions. First, we bring summer relief for so many with the generous gifts from our donors. Second, City of Scottsdale social workers and staff get to assess the growing need of our home-bound seniors. This allows us to provide further services such as transportation, care-giving, house cleaning, and home delivered meals.
This program started in 1999 after the success of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Staff members wanted to help seniors more than once a year. So, they gathered some donations from City of Scottsdale staff and generous patrons. With the donated money, they were able to provide seniors with a grocery gift card, stamps, bottled water, snacks, personal hygiene items, and other summer relief items.
The recipients of this program are referred by City of Scottsdale social workers and two home delivered meal programs. The number of recipients has risen every year. We now have over 220 seniors as recipients of the Beat the Heat program. Unfortunately, the need for this program grows more rapidly than we have donations.
Thank you notes from previous recipients:
“I can’t begin to thank you enough for all the lovely gifts I received from you. I was overwhelmed w/your generosity. The warm robe, slippers, the bath items. The practical items that are always needed. The dogs loved the toys. Then to top it off, the generous gift cards. I’m not able to find the words to explain what a positive effect you have had on my life.”
“I am enjoying everything…The sheets, fry pan, toiletries, etc., I am pleased with everything. My dogs loved their toys, All will come in handy. Thanks for the extra help. My income is limited and you are more than kind. Your generosity will be rewarded. God Bless You.”
“Sincere thanks for the beautiful and useful gifts. They are very much appreciated. Also, the visit from three gracious ladies, which made my day.”
“Thank you for the great gifts I received as part of the Adopt A Senior program. It certainly made this one of the more memorable holidays in a long, long time! A big thanks goes to whoever selected the clothing, as the size and colors were perfect. The Fry’s gift card was a great aid to my budget, as were the stamps and other useful items.”
“My gifts are beautiful. I’m so grateful.”
“Via Linda Senior Center, Granite Reef Senior Center, Paiute Center; You all spread the light to so many.”
“Thank you for the beautiful box of yarn and cards. This will keep me busy for some time.”
“A note of thanks to the people involved in the Adopt A Senior program. A big thank you for this year’s generous bag of gifts. It contained many items that pleased and surprised me. And that are coming in so handy. I am particularly grateful for the generous Gift cards from Safeway and PetSmart. Mary thanks and best wishes for a Very Happy New Year.”
“A big Thank You to each and everyone who gave of themselves to make my Holiday. I actually cried, because so many of gifts were on my suggestion list. What a wonderful holiday I had. I am very grateful and appreciative.”