“Know Your Nonprofits” is a weekly column within the Occasions-Normal that takes an in-depth take a look at nonprofit organizations all through Humboldt County. This week’s featured nonprofit is the Humboldt Senior Useful resource Heart. René Arché, director of communications and advertising and marketing, answered the next questions.
Briefly describe your group and its mission: The Humboldt Senior Useful resource Heart (HSRC) gives providers, data, schooling, recreation and socialization for older adults, their households and caregivers in our group. Our mission is to assist seniors be as wholesome and impartial as attainable, with a high-quality life.
When and why was this nonprofit based?: In 1974, HSRC was created due to the necessity for providers for the then-16,000 aged individuals dwelling in Humboldt County. Funding to launch the company got here from a $45,000 grant out there due to a brand new addendum to the Older Individuals Act, which licensed monies to area people businesses for multipurpose senior facilities.
Inside its first 10 years, HSRC was offering meals, dwelling well being care, grownup day providers, data, Senior Information and extra for space seniors. Over the next years, the company has regularly tailored to fulfill the ever-changing wants of older adults locally, offering an array of packages and providers utilized by 1000’s of Humboldt County seniors and their households annually together with the Actions Program; Grownup Day Well being & Alzheimer’s Providers; MSSP (Multipurpose Senior Providers Program); Diet Program, together with senior eating facilities and home-delivered meals; Redwood Coast PACE (Program of All-inclusive Look after the Aged); and Senior Information. A brand new Behavioral Well being Providers program will launch later this yr. Our service space stretches from Scotia north to Trinidad, and inland to Blue Lake and Carlotta.
Is there something you would like extra individuals knew in regards to the group?: HSRC gives a full continuum of providers and care packages for all phases of an older grownup’s life. A wide range of actions are supplied which can be appropriate for probably the most lively to extra mobility-restricted elders, and vitamin packages present meals at senior eating facilities in addition to to those that are homebound. The Grownup Day Well being, MSSP and Redwood Coast PACE packages collectively present a spread of care from day packages to in-home care administration help to complete medical providers. Frequent to all packages is the chance for interplay, friendship and socialization, serving to to fight the isolation many seniors expertise.
The place does a lot of the funding come from?: HSRC’s funding comes from quite a lot of sources which can be program-specific, together with state and federal monies, Medi-Cal and Medicare. Grants and group donations are additionally important funding sources for the company. HSRC is appreciative for the continued assist from the group.
What challenges has the pandemic created, and the way has the Humboldt Senior Useful resource Heart handled them?: As a result of HSRC serves a number of the most susceptible seniors in our group, in an abundance of warning we closed our websites in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order was issued. Nonetheless, via some artistic planning and teamwork, we have been capable of shortly modify our providers to proceed serving individuals in all our packages. Such modifications included meal pickup as an alternative of on-site eating, Zoom actions, cellphone check-ins, in-home care providers and telehealth. We’ve begun to convey individuals again to the Grownup Day Well being and Redwood Coast PACE facilities, however we anticipate some modified providers will stay in place for some time as individuals alter to a “new regular.” The senior eating facilities may also stay closed till we obtain phrase from public well being and different businesses that we will safely reopen. Senior Information was not affected by the pandemic, though quite a few distribution factors closed; we hope that as extra locations open up, we will restore distribution to most pre-pandemic areas for pickup.
Inform me about just a few of the Humboldt Senior Useful resource Heart’s latest accomplishments: Regardless of how disruptive the pandemic was to the standard operations of the company, no HSRC program closed or stopped serving individuals as a result of pandemic. In reality, demand for some packages — such because the Senior Diet Program — grew. Notably, we have been capable of open our new Fortuna Grownup Day Well being and Redwood Coast PACE Heart in July of 2020, permitting HSRC to offer these providers nearer to dwelling for residents of the Eel River Valley.
How can individuals turn into concerned?: HSRC’s Actions Program is open to all. Senior eating facilities are additionally out there to everybody, though in the intervening time meals can be found to these age 60 and older for pickup solely at every eating website. Anybody can self-refer, or refer a good friend or beloved one, to the House Delivered Meals program or any of our care providers; skilled referrals are additionally welcome. These wishing to volunteer can contact us concerning present alternatives.
What’s one of the best ways for individuals to search out out about HSRC?: We’ve useful workers who can reply questions concerning our packages and providers; name us at 707-443-9747. Our web site at www.humsenior.org gives detailed details about all sides of the company, together with actions schedules and job alternatives. These excited by supporting the group can donate on-line through our web site, as nicely. The month-to-month Senior Information additionally incorporates useful data; it may be discovered at quite a few areas in our service space or subscriptions can be found for dwelling supply. Additionally, each Tuesday you’ll discover HSRC programming updates within the Boomers part of the Occasions-Normal.
To take part within the “Know Your Nonprofits” column, contact Heather Shelton at [email protected]