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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Our mission is to offer services not provided by other agencies for homebound, frail and geographically isolated individuals. Our programs provide independence, improve quality of life, and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

Target demographics: Our programs provide independence, improve quality of life, and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750 seniors

Geographic areas served: Clackamas County, Oregon

Programs: Guardianship Diversion and Guardianship/Conservatorship

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County provides an invaluable service to the community. They regularly step up to manage the care-giving and financial needs of vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities who have no family members or friends available to serve. I have worked with SCC for years, and have admired their willingness and ability to jump into difficult situations to stabilize and improve the lives of vulnerable Oregonians. They protect their clients from financial abuse/exploitation, connect them with necessary services, and ensure that their medical and care needs are met. They do hard work that would otherwise go undone, and in the process, they avoid an untold amount of human suffering. Clackamas County is very fortunate to have them.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

If only there were more Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County in this world. What a valuable service to the community. I am pleased to associate with them and refer clients to them and their services. I hear only good things. thank you thank you thank you Keep up the great cause.

2 Whitney5

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCC) for the past several years. As an attorney with Oregon Elder Law, my experience with SCC has come from both sides - I have referred clients and families to SCC for services and have also represented SCC in their guardianship and conservatorship program. SCC staff is professional in working with clients and colleagues, and very compassionate about protecting vulnerable seniors in our community. For seniors who do not have family or friends who can step in and help, SCC provides a valuable service in directing the senior’s medical care and managing the senior's finances. SCC is a tremendous resource for Clackamas County. SCC provides comprehensive services to ensure seniors are safe and maintain as high a level of independence as possible. SCC is a joy to work with and I appreciate the compassion they bring to their jobs and the services they provide to our community.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have served as a part time Fund Development Consultant for Senior Citizens Council for the last 4 years. In my 30 years in this profession, I have worked with many non-profits and have interacted with many types of Board and Staff. I’ve seen the good, bad and those I want to forget.

Senior Citizens Council’s staff and board members are one of the best non-profits for which I have worked, both in their mission of service, dedication of staff and board, as well as commitment to improve and grow. They continue to impress me with their strong dedication to and support of their mission, services and their clients. In the last couple of years, we have been able to upgrade the profile of the Board, adding members who can outreach and spread the word about Senior Council to the community.

In the process of preparing their direct mail appeal letters, I have talked with several of Senior Citizen clients or their family members. Their gratitude and praise of Senior Citizens Council services is unbounded, and they are truly appreciative of the services received. As the Sister of one client said, “My Brother would have been out on the street and probably dead long ago if it wasn’t for Senior Council’s care and help with his finances and living arrangements.

I encourage anyone seeking a very worthwhile “Investment” of your donated funds or other types of help, I ask you to seriously consider Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County. Your “Investment” will literally save and change lives, each and every day!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I sit on the advisory committee for the Sr. Citizens Council and primarily deal with the guardianship/conservatorship aspect of the program. I have been a member of the advisory committee for over 15 years. This is a volunteer position.

Although a few of the program clients are capable of private pay, the vast majority of interventions deal with poor, non-private paying individuals who are unable to care for themselves either financially, physically, emotionally or mentally. These are seniors who have been subjected to abuse from family, care-providers or strangers. Many times, they have no other support in the community or from family. Social services, law enforcement, and the judicial system has in many cases become involved. And we are not talking about our youth or the mainstream of society. We are dealing with the most vulnerable, the elderly of society, our parents and grand-parents.

I have seen many of those who would otherwise have died an early death or been cheated from their remaining assets, protected and placed in a proper setting where they can be assisted both medically and financially. Many have made tremendous recoveries and have been able to live a life in peace and good health. This would never have happened without this program and the tremendously hard work of Christie and Lousie, and all others who work in the program.

I see the staff working beyond call. I see this essential work being performed on a shoe string budget. Funding of the program is always a stressor. Fund raising is a time consuming and distracting mechanism which effectively distracts from the underlying work that needs to be performed.

I have enjoyed my work with the committee and am hoping to continue to volunteer for as long as needed. I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping those seniors who need our help the most. It is a great program and deserves the accolades that it receives and a proper source of funding that it deserves.