Senior Action COVID-19 Response

Update August 31, 2020

We are excited to announce that we are opening three centers on September the 8th for limited activities and a take-out meal service.  The Orchard Park and Berea locations will open with activities by reservation only.  We will also be partnering with the Simpsonville Senior Center to open that center as well. All other partner locations will remain closed for the time being and the drive-through meal service will continue at those locations.  We will be distributing information about the schedule of activities very soon.  We have also put in place guidelines for participation that seek to ensure, to the extent possible, that we keep everyone safe while they are in the buildings.

Stay tuned and check back here for more information soon.

 

Update August 5, 2020

It would be a complete understatement to say that the last few months have been challenging and unlike anything most of us have experienced.  It has been an honor to be able to continue to serve each of you during this time.  We know that the population we serve is at greatest risk for this virus and being able to help in a small way provide for your nutritional needs has been critical.

Since March 18, we were able to provide meals through our drive through service at 7 locations all over the county.  We were able to do that because we received emergency funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) as well as donations from many of you.  Since March we have served close to 89,000 meals.

Unfortunately,  we have used all of the emergency funding we received and have been working diligently to determine our next steps and how we would continue to provide meals for you during this time. We were thrilled to learn today that we have received some additional funding from Greenville County that will extend our meals service for a short period of time.

While we are relieved that we can continue this service for a little while, we know that we will not be able to provide it indefinitely.  Our “regular” funding requires that our buildings are open for activities, so we are studying, learning, and planning for reopening our centers.  We asked that you participate in a  survey and we received over 500 responses that provided us with good information, mainly that more than half of you are ready to come back to our center and the other half are reluctant and will wait a little longer.  We also learned the types of activities that you are most interested in and we received valuable feedback about what you are willing to do in order to return.

Please be assured that when the time comes to reopen, your safety and the safety of our staff are very important to us.  We will be taking all advised measures to make sure we can provide our services in the best and safest way possible. We will be very deliberate in the way we reopen and do our best to communicate  along the way.

Whenever that time comes, I can say from all of us at Senior Action that we cannot wait to see you and hear you in these quiet halls and buildings once again.  It is a blessing to all of us to be able to care for you in whatever way we can.

Update April 7, 2020

The Governor has issued a “work or home” order for South Carolina in effect at 5:00pm on April 7th.  Senior Action, and our meal service, is considered an Essential Service.  We will continue to provide our meal program to seniors through our drive-through and delivery service that we have been providing since March 18.

In addition, we remain concerned not only for the nutritional needs of our participants, but also their physical and mental health needs.   To address those needs in a time when we cannot be together, we will be releasing a variety of programming on our Facebook page (facebook.com/senioractiongreenville) including exercise classes and other opportunities for members to engage.  Please like our page on Facebook to make sure you do not miss out on these programs.

If you are not currently participating in the drive-through meal program and would like to, call (864) 467-3660 to sign up.  You must be 60 years old or older to participate and must be able to drive to pick up your meals or have someone pick them up for you.  If you need home-delivered meals, please contact our program partner Meals on Wheels at (864) 233-6565.

 

March 17, 2020

Senior Action, a non-profit organization devoted to keeping adults over the age of 55 active, healthy, and engaged in meaningful activities, will begin serving lunches for its members at drive-thru stations across the Upstate on Wednesday, March 18.

All eight Senior Action locations in Greenville County are closed until further notice, as a precaution amid Coronavirus concerns, since seniors are considered one of the highest risk groups for catching the virus. “The safety and well-being of our seniors is our number one priority,” says Andrea Smith, CEO and Executive Director of Senior Action. “We are dedicated to making sure our members continue to receive the services they rely on us for, day in and day out, while still practicing social distancing and adhering to all the recommendations of state and local health officials.”

Drive-thru lanes will be set up at six Senior Action centers across the Upstate, including: Slater-Marietta, Berea Community Center, Sterling Community Center, Pleasant Valley Connection, Main Office on Directors Drive, and Greer Needmore Center. Meals will be handed out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between 11:30am-12:00pm, to Senior Action members who usually receive lunch at one of their centers. Two designated staff members will be carefully handing out meals at each location, so seniors won’t have to get out of their cars.

“It’s so important for us to be here for our seniors during these uncertain times,” says Smith. “They are the highest risk population right now, and we take our responsibility to protect and provide for them very seriously.” In an effort to limit interaction and potential exposure, Senior Action will not be utilizing volunteers at this time. The best way to help is through monetary donations to help cover food costs. Senior Action will be delivering meals to the homes of members who rely on the organization for transportation. If you or someone you know could use meal assistance, please call 864-467-3660 to get pre-qualified for services.