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September 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – September 2021

Reflect and look forward

Well, we are over halfway through the year now! So far, we have more revenue than expenses so it is good to be in the black!  We are so grateful for our faithful donors who keep us going!  The thrift store is ramping up and the revenue steadily increasing.  New people discovered us during the pandemic when they tried our fantastic take-out meals so we are serving more people than before!  This is all great news as we celebrate 46 years!

For 46 years, the Sno-Valley Senior Center has been crucial to our community. We serve a vital role in increasing health and well-being in the Snoqualmie Valley.  I’m so glad to have you all back in person for fitness, adult education and meals!

As I reflect on the past year, I note that:

  • We have served over 10,000 meals just from January through July!
  • We provided programs to 957 people this past year
  • We assisted over 400 seniors to get vaccinations for Covid 19
  • We gave 520 hours this year of support and encouragement through our social worker
  • We helped each other overcome social isolation

All that is pretty impressive in a strange and challenging year. As I look forward, I am excited about:

  • Progress to provide low-income senior housing in the next few years.
  • Expansion of our programs and services as we add evening hours and programs in 2022.
  • Addition of some innovative and impactful programs like SAGE, a mobile medical group.
  • Outreach to Spanish speaking elders through SeaMar starting this fall.
  • Involvement of LGBTQ elders through programs and an upcoming advisory group.

All of this with the goal that you are inspired, supported and empowered to lead healthy, enriched lives.

Some changes upcoming:

  • Angie Hartung is leaving us as the Thrift Store Manager but she is staying on as a volunteer! If you know of anyone with great retail experience who is also good working with volunteers and marketing, tell them about this opportunity. It is 25 hours per week with a great salary and benefits.
  • Kira Avery is Assistant Director now plus continuing as our Program Coordinator. People keep asking me if I am leaving but nope! You have me for a few more years. I am working from home two days a week and in the senior center for two days a week. I’ll usually be at the Senior Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • We welcome Denise Crutchfield who will sub for chef Jennifer when she is gone on vacations! Denise is a long-time volunteer who has helped on the Plant Sale Committee as the chair of First Picks Party and as our bartender at Rainbow Bingo.  She’s a great cook!

If you ever have questions about anything happening at the senior center, feel free to ask me. You can reach me at 425-333-4152 or Lisay@soundgenerations.org

Lisa Yeager, Director

Meal Delivery & Community Dining Update

Community Dining Update: On Monday, August 2 we will be re-opening for in-person dining and we are so excited to see you! We know that meal delivery has been an important service during COVID and below you’ll find information about how we are trying to ease the transition from delivery / pick-up to in-person dining. If you have questions, please call 425-333-4152.

  • We ask that you continue to call in your orders ahead by at least a day, at 425-333-4152, to make the lunch preparation easier on our Chef and volunteers as well as limit the amount of waste created by not knowing how many meals to expect. If you do not reserve a meal ahead of time, we may run out of meals to serve.
  • Lunches to-go will be available to pre-order as well, but they cannot be picked-up until everyone in the dining hall has been served (around 12:45pm).
  • For the month of August, Hyde Shuttle can continue to deliver lunches to seniors who have difficulty leaving their homes.
    • HOWEVER, riders to and from the center will take priority and the meals will not be delivered until after lunch guests have been brought home, which may between 1:30pm-2pm or later.
    • If you need help being set-up with Meals on Wheels, we can help you with that, please call 425-333-4152.
    • If there is someone who can come pick-up your meals at 12:45pm we can get you set-up with that, please call 425-333-4152.

We want to see you! The Hyde Shuttle can also bring you in for Yoga classes, Brain Fitness, appointments and more. You can schedule a ride by calling 425-333-4009 and telling them “I would like a ride to the Sno-Valley Senior Center on Monday, August 16 to arrive by 10:30am for Yoga.” Rides can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance so get your rides scheduled early!

Masks are required on Hyde Shuttle busses due to the Transportation Security Administration mask mandate onboard busses, until September 13.

August 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – August 2021

My heart nearly stopped when my sister called me to let me know that our mom was in the hospital in early March. She was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in January but we thought we had more time. I planned to go home to South Dakota in April to celebrate her 83rd birthday and Easter. We were both looking forward to it. But March 1, she fell and hit her head hard causing a bleed. The doctor thought she would go quickly so I was on a plane home within hours.

My mom, Dee Storjohann, was my friend. She was the kindest, most compassionate and generous person I know. I thought a lot about her unconditional love as I sat by her bed with my sisters over the week long vigil.

My mom had done lots of pre-planning. She assigned power of attorney to my sister who lives nearby. She also made a clear end of life plan so we knew exactly what to tell the doctors what not to do to extend her life.
Everything was planned. So the week after her death, as my sisters and I grieved and planned the funeral it was so much easier than it could have been. She took care of us to the end.

My mom was a very involved volunteer with her church, blood bank, and hospital gift shop. She also delivered Meals on Wheels every Wednesday until about a year ago. So, we were not surprised that she made a bequest in her will to Meals on Wheels. She wanted that legacy of care to continue. She wasn’t rich financially and it wasn’t a huge bequest (only a thousand dollars) but what a difference it made to a small senior center in supporting that program.  She was able to make gifts through her will AND take care of her three daughters.

I have been involved with the Sno-Valley Senior Center (SVSC) as an employee or volunteer since 2001. A long time ago, I made SVSC the beneficiary of a small life insurance policy I hold. So there are many things you can do to leave a legacy to be remembered by.

Now, we are going to make things easier to you. We are offering an Estate Planning Day on Tuesday, August 17th. We’ll start with a presentation from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Followed by individual 45 minute appointments from 10:45 – 4:30 pm with the option to spill over into the next day with appointments if needed. This is an opportunity for you to have a free consultation with Elder Law Attorney, Jerry Sprute. Call 425-333-4152 to line up your free appointment and be sure to attend the live presentation at the senior center or you can view it on zoom if you can’t make it in person.

By the way, if you choose to name SVSC in your will or life insurance, you have the option to let us know. We would like to sign you up for the Legacy Society. Let us know if, like my mom, you have a special program or area of focus you’d like us to be aware of.

My mom was a lovely person and I want to be just like her. So I’ll get my affairs in order this month too, because life is unexpected and I want to leave my fingerprints on the world!

Feel free to contact me at lisay@soundgenerations.org or at 425-333-4152, ext. 1 if you have questions or
comments.

Yours in gratitude,

Lisa Yeager, Director

July 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – July 2021

I want to tell you the story of two amazing volunteers.  Both have long service at the Sno-Valley Senior Center and both are just amazing inspiring women who have had an impact on their community. Diane Amos was nominated for the 2021 Inspire Positive Aging and it was well deserved!

“Diane is the smiling face every member of the Sno-Valley Senior Center can count on when signing up for something new. She is well known in the community and serves as the cheerleader to not only spread the word about upcoming activities but to get people motivated and excited to be more involved. An active part of the pre-pandemic hiking group, she frequently offered to drive peers that did not have access to transportation to weekly events and is a cornerstone volunteer for Sno-Valley fundraisers and events.

Now, she spends her time as a pen pal, writing to students and fellow seniors alike to keep community connections going during this difficult time. Diane understands people’s needs and is always on the phone to catch up or check-in. Letters are a way for her to accommodate communication with those not technologically savvy. She’s a great storyteller and a great listener. Whether the audience is a small child or a peer, when you meet Diane, age is never considered. Everyone responds to her warmth and joy rather than age.”

Delores Ulrich was nominated for the 2017 Inspire Positive Aging award and continues to be a model of positive aging. “Delores has coordinated our famous July 4 Strawberry Shortcake for over 20 years. She bakes the shortcake from scratch and oversees a kitchen full of helpers and serves over 600 people in a few hours. (Until recently, she also cooked our July 3 spaghetti dinner as well.) She’ll be back again this year with her family to serve up the best shortcake you’ve ever had!

But that’s not all. She baked wonderful goodies every Monday pre-pandemic. She taught ceramics classes, bringing paints and firing them in her kiln and was a long time kitchen volunteer. Delores has many skills and is indefatigable. She is in her 80s but you would guess 60s from her energy and cheer. Not even a stroke several years ago stopped her. She is amazing.”

Many volunteers make the Sno-Valley Senior Center run smoothly.  These two women truly exemplify a new way to age well by giving back.  They join our 300 + other amazing volunteers.  We’ve missed everyone so much during the pandemic but now reception, thrift store and kitchen volunteers are returning.  So if you wish to make a powerful use of your time, let us know.  We also need minor home repair volunteers, volunteer drivers to take people to appointments, board members, and Meals on Wheels helpers.  If you have a game or hobby you love, come share it and start a new program.

By the way, we want to send our heartfelt sympathy to long time volunteer Patty Atkins, whose husband Gary passed away of a sudden heart attack recently.  They assisted with Steak Dinner for many years.

We re-open completely in August and really look forward to seeing you.  Please stop in!  If you have questions, concerns or even praise, feel free to contact me at Lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152.

Lisa

Be Proud!

Check out this great article from the most recent Sound Generations E-News, found HERE.

Be PROUD!

At Sound Generations, we pride ourselves on not just acknowledging the diversity of older community members, but also taking steps to ensure that we are supporting the unique challenges that come with being a part of marginalized communities. The month of June is recognized nationally as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the older adults who identify as LGBTQIA+ and acknowledge that the progress toward equality could not have been made possible without them.

Being out and visible as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community has always presented challenges for people on a personal, professional, and systemic scale. There is still much work to be done, but we cannot discredit how far we have come in embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, and more specifically, the older adults in that community who helped pave the way for generations after them.

What can you do to support LGBTQIA+ older adults in your community?

  • Learn about the problems and prejudices that older adults in the queer community face on a regular basis, like increased rates of mental illness, denial of access to essential health services, or social isolation from loss of friendships and relationships just because of their identity.
  • Be an ally. If you know an older adult in the LGBTQIA+ community, your open support of them has the ability to make a greater impact than you might realize on their general wellbeing. Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported.
  • Advocate for LGBTQIA+ older adults. Be a part of the continued movement toward justice and equality for these valued community members by getting involved in local, state, or even federal movements to push for policies that protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals.