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Beat the Heat & Adopt-A-Senior

Adopt-a-Senior

Adopt-A-Senior PhotoThe Adopt-a-Senior program serves low-income, homebound, 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 homebound seniors.

The program started in 1997, when it serviced eight homebound 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. For a list of ways to donate, click here.

Beat The Heat

Beat the Heat PhotoThe Beat the Heat program serves low-income, homebound, 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 homebound seniors. This allows us to provide further services such as transportation, caregiving, 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. 

Items Needed

  • grocery gift cards ($35 minimum)
  • bottled water
  • personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen, body wash, shampoo)
  • regular and no sugar nutritional drinks (Boost, Ensure, Gatorade, Propel, etc.) 

 

  • books of Forever stamps
  • summer relief items (mini-fans, new re-usable ice packs, new re-usable water bottles)
  • small healthy snack items (pretzels, raisins, protein and granola bars) 

Program Contact

Leslie Lory, Human Services Specialist
Phone: (480) 312-8465
Email: llory@scottsdaleaz.gov