Senior Concerns Receives $35,000 from Ventura County Community Foundation
Senior Concerns, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the senior community, received a $35,000 grant from Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) to help complete building repairs needed as a result of severe rain in 2017. Located in Thousand Oaks, Senior Concerns provides a comprehensive scope of services including an Adult Day Program for seniors with cognitive or physical impairments, Meals On Wheels in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, a Caregiver Support Center, Senior Advocacy, pro bono legal and financial services, information and referrals, and community education on aging’s challenges and opportunities.
“Many of the seniors we serve are especially frail and have special needs, and their safety and well-being is our primary concern,” explained Andrea Gallagher, Senior Concerns president. “Our building is 25 years old and after the heavy rain last year, needed numerous repairs. The allocation of funds from our operating expenses to cover the repairs, along with the lost revenue from a three-week closure of the Center to complete the work, had a significant, negative fiscal impact on our organization. We are grateful to receive financial support from VCCF.”
Senior Concerns’ wide range of programs are aimed at creating a positive aging experience for family caregivers and for all adults in the community. The funds provided through VCCF will come from the E. Wright Daly Fund to support activities or programs in the field of health services to Ventura County residents.
“For the past four decades, Senior Concerns has provided high-quality, affordable support services to seniors and their families through innovative and effective programs aimed at fostering independence, well-being and self-esteem,” said Vanessa Bechtel, executive director, VCCF. “We are glad to be able to help them through their unexpected expenses.”
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VCCF invests the charitable capital that drives the philanthropic engines of Ventura County. The foundation was established in 1987 and endeavors to build philanthropy in the region and to give generously for the well-being of all in Ventura County. VCCF invests in the future through scholarships, grant making and collaborative partnerships. For more information or to donate, visit www.vccf.org.
About Senior Concerns
Senior Concerns is a Thousand Oaks-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors young and old, caregivers and families by offering a wide-range of services, programs and resources, including a professionally managed Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Caregiver Support Center, free legal, financial, advocacy and care management services, support groups and community education and training. Senior Concerns also operates the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop and hosts two major fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 500 volunteers.