SENIORS SECRET SERVICE SOCIETY

 
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SENIORS SECRET SERVICE SOCIETY

"Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals 60 years or older who are alone or isolated in the community. For 30 years Seniors Secret Service has been partnering with seniors’ groups, housing facilities, outreach programs and health care providers to identify and support isolated seniors in Calgary and surrounding areas."

About This Cause

Organizational Overview

Seniors Secret Service is a Calgary based charity that delivers programs to isolated seniors in Calgary and the surrounding area. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals 60 years or older who are alone or isolated in the community. Currently we provide over 5500 birthday and Christmas gifts each year to isolated seniors who may otherwise be forgotten.

We are a very small, grassroots organization that employees a part-time Coordinator, who reports to the Board of Directors. Our organization relies heavily on volunteers who do everything from creating homemade cards to packing and delivering birthday gifts each month.

We have strong relationships with seniors’ groups, housing facilities, outreach programs and health care providers; they provide us with the names of seniors they have identified as having no support systems.

Christmas Cheer
We have a strong relationship with seniors’ groups, housing facilities, outreach programs and health care providers.

Care facilities and partner agencies provide us with an anonymous profile for each senior.

These profiles include gift ideas based on senior’s needs and personalized profiles for each senior which are then provided to volunteer “Secret Santa’s”, who shop for and wrap gifts for their senior.

The gifts are collected, sorted and delivered to the care facilities and partner agencies where the staff distributes them to the seniors.

Birthday Cheer
The goal of the program is to extend the spirit of giving year round, in an effort to brighten the lives and improve the spirits of isolated senior citizens. This is accomplished by providing a birthday gift bag for seniors on their birthday.

The gifts are assembled by volunteers at the monthly Birthday Bee and are then delivered by staff and volunteers to the appropriate care facilities/partner agencies where they are distributed at the appropriate time.

Each participating senior receives a gift bag made up of a combination of toiletry items such as shampoo and toothpaste as well as a treat such as chocolates and puzzle books as well as a personalized handmade card. The average cost of a birthday gift is $20.

Christmas Cheer 2015

 104 care facilities/partner agencies
 3425 isolated seniors were supported
 Secret Santas: 900 + individuals and 112Groups/Corporations.
 6608 Volunteer Hours

Birthday Cheer 2014

 70 care facilities
 2700 isolated seniors were supported
 730 volunteer hours

Emergency Care Program
We launched this pilot program in the Fall of 2015 to serve the needs of isolated seniors who require support with basic necessities upon entering the hospital or a long term care facility. Seniors often show up in their pyjamas and have nobody to bring them needed items.

Each senior will receive basic essentials that would include: a basic clothing/shoe package as well as a toiletry kit that is appropriate to the seniors needs. We will also include something such as a handmade thinking of you card or art from school kids to brighten their room and let the senior know that someone cares about their welfare. Our goal is to reach between 170 and 200 seniors in the first year. The cost for this program will for the most part be covered by donations made to Seniors Secret Service. We anticipate a long term stay package will cost approximately $200 per senior.

More Information About This Cause

Business Number
894375666RR0001
Address
300 160 Quarry Park Blvd. SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2C 3G3
Canada
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