Low-income seniors receiving Angel Funds have an existing relationship with one of our social workers, who know them and understands their needs. Once a client need is identified, a search of community resources, such as township assistance, is conducted by our social worker. If no other funds are available, our social worker makes a written request for Angel Funds to North Shore Senior Center’s Director of Senior & Family Services.
This request includes a brief description of the senior’s situation, the financial need, the community resources investigated, and the long-term plan for the client. A decision is made based on availability of funds and the Social Services, payment is issued directly to the vendor. Funds are available one time per year per client. Exceptions to this rule require approval by North Shore Senior Center’s executive director.
A Sampling of Angel Fund Recipients:
To maintain client confidentiality, only first names are used. All of these awards were made in FY2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). All clients are seniors and rank as low-income by federal government standards.
Peter - received $300 to assist with water bill payment
Peter’s outstanding water bill was $611. He had been paying $50 per month to the village in which he lives, but could not catch up because of continued water use. Attempts by our social worker to find a solution with his village of residence were unsuccessful. Peter is confined to a wheel chair and suffers from depression. He lived in a rental house, which had been sold, leaving him two weeks to vacate the premises and pay the water bill.
Zhenya – received $300 to assist with dental bill
Zhenya lived with her spouse in subsidized senior housing. They had $88.22 in assets. Her income from Social Security was $541 per month. Zhenya’s upper dentures were fractured and the repair was not covered by Medicaid. The township in which she lived was unable to help financially.
Joseph – received $116.55 to assist with prescription medication
Joseph had no prescription coverage after being denied Medicaid by the Department of Human Resources. While awaiting his appeal hearing, he ran out of prescription medicine. Community resources paid $113.45 toward the $230 cost. Angel Funds covered the remaining $116.55.
Kristina – received $153 to pay for prescription eye glasses
Neither Kristina nor her daughter could afford to pay for her new prescription eye glasses. She and her husband rented their home and Social Security was their only means of support. Walmart generously agreed to accept a check from our Angel Fund to pay for the glasses.
The Mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the
number of seniors age 65 and older in 2010 was 40,228,712. The
projected number for 2030 is 72,091,915. Twenty years after that, the
number of seniors in the same category will be at 88,546,973. Those
seniors will have new needs and concerns not experienced by their
parents. Many will be disabled and greater numbers will suffer from dementia and experience increased isolation. Who will understand and meet their needs?
North Shore Senior Center will. We have been in the business of serving
seniors since 1956 and have built a reputation of caring, competence
and professionalism. We, better than many organizations, possess the
experience, combined with a vision for the future, that can sustain today’s
seniors and those of tomorrow. We are the “go to” community organization
for local clergy, police and community members who know of seniors
needing help or who need education themselves to address the needs of
older community or family members. Our reach even extends internationally
as we provide individual case management services to an increasing
number of local seniors with families living abroad.
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