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 8250 birthday and Christmas gifts each year to isolated seniors who may otherwise be forgotten.
We are a very small, grassroots organization that employees one full time Executive Director, 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.
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.
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 2017
122 care facilities/partner agencies
4850+ isolated seniors supported
Secret Santas: 1100 + individuals and 125 Groups/Corporations.
8700+ Volunteer Hours
Birthday Cheer 2017
84 care facilities
3200 isolated seniors supported
1000 + volunteer hours
Emergency Care Program
We launched this pilot program late in 2016 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.
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