Senior Support Action Group
This program is designed to bring health and wellness to seniors in their own homes. Being homebound can be an isolating experience to say the least, and we are hoping to alleviate senior loneliness and challenges presented by being homebound. This program aims to bring both physical and mental wellness to each homebound senior we serve.
SSAG has now developed into a coalition of community partners working to improve the health, well-being, and independence of low-income, homebound seniors and other disabled persons by providing access to food, transportation, and companionship throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Jefferson Counties.
The services include:
Monthly Mobile Food Pantry — volunteers deliver supplemental food boxes to individuals who are 55+ or disabled, annually make below 200% of the poverty threshold, and lack transportation to local food pantries. SSAG clients are split into two groups with Group 1 receiving their food box on the first Thursday of the month and Group 2 receiving their food box on the third Thursday of the month. Food boxes are picked up on the first and third Thursdays by volunteers and each volunteer makes roughly 4-8 deliveries.
Phone Pals – Volunteers make weekly wellness calls to homebound seniors to provide companionship, to inquire about their health, and to be a listening ear.
Senior transportation – volunteers drive seniors to their medical appointments and grocery store visits
WHO WE SERVE
Homebound seniors ages 55+ in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, & Jefferson Counties living at or below 200% of the federal poverty threshold.
Making An Impact
SSAG received watermelons from Gleaners Food Bank to include in that week’s meal distributions, and after delivering the food boxes, one woman called to let the RSVP coordinators know that that watermelon had been her first in decades. Watermelon had always been considered a “luxury fruit” growing up, and now as an adult who struggled to visit a grocery store, watermelon had been of the question until SSAG was able to provide one. Stories like these are shared with our volunteers to demonstrate the importance of the Senior Support Action Group.