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Studies estimate that approximately 7 million Americans over age 65 experience depression each year.
Often this depression is triggered by social isolation, loneliness and neglect. That's why we offer a variety of opportunities for older adults to connect with others in meaningful, fulfilling ways every day, and we give them the resources they need to thrive.
We ensure the older adults in our community are nourished both physically and emotionally with nutritious food, engaging activities and enjoyable social opportunities. We offer care and compassion as well as practical assistance that improves their quality of life.
For more information about our programs for older adults, call 605-332-2331 ext. 312.
Senior Food Commodity Box Program
We partner with the State of South Dakota and Feeding South Dakota to provide more than 400 food boxes on the second Thursday of each month to low-income seniors who are struggling to obtain adequate nutritious food. Seniors either pick up the monthly food box at 800 N. Cliff Ave. or we deliver the box directly to their door if they are homebound.
Senior Neighbor Luncheon
Every month we offer the opportunity for seniors to share a nutritious meal and enjoy fellowship and fun with one another as well as games, activities and music. We provide a selection of delicious entrees and beverages, and participants sign up in advance to bring a dessert or side dish. The Senior Neighbor Luncheon takes place on the second Thursday of each month.
*This program will resume in the fall of 2021.
Community Cares Program
Our officers and volunteers visit hundreds of seniors in assisted living facilities and nursing homes at Easter and Christmas and upon special request to offer friendship, encouragement, prayer and compassion. Volunteer opportunities are also available through this program.
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten a home's exterior. Yet because of financial and/or physical limitations, house painting is often impossible for older adults. That's why we partner with Norberg Paints, Xcel Energy and volunteer crews each summer to get the job done, freshening up home exteriors of seniors age 60 and older and disabled persons in the community.
Eligibility requirements are:
If your household qualifies, we'll contact you to make an appointment for a home visit, during which we'll complete the application process, take pictures of the exterior of your home, assess the need and take measurements. We'll provide the paint (the homeowner picks the color) and the volunteers.