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Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County Inc

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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

62 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.

Cindy Kelsey C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During covid 19 this group made certain folks got food and were cared for.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SCCCC does a huge amount of great work with a small, but highly competent, staff. Everyone is committed to providing financial and personal services to clients who otherwise would be on their own. There is also a commitment to improving and expanding services.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SCC is an amazing organization. It protects numerous vulnerable people and it does so on a small budget. It prevents financial exploitation every day.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of the Senior Citizen Council for Clackamas County for about 10 years. The Senior Council provides services to seniors to allow them to enjoy their golden years safely and happily . We do our best to help seniors stay in their homes. Senior Council intervenes in situations where a senior is being abused, or neglected, or financially exploited, or in situations where the senior is not able to take care of herself. We connect the senior with resources in a loving and highly efficient way. If things slip too far, Senior Council serves as Clackmas County's de facto guardian and conservator.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is an exceedingly worthwhile organization that helps prevent the exploitation of at risk seniors and adults while supporting and promoting independence of the at risk and vulnerable population. It serves to prevent or end abuse and neglect (including self-neglect) .

Many of its clients are in dire financial, mental and physical situations. They may have no one to turn to or those that they turn to have sought to exploit them. Interventions from law enforcement, the legal or health care system look to Senior Council to take whatever action is necessary to protect and prevent further abuse or exploitation. Senior Council is a very small non profit that makes the best use of its funding and is a well respected organization in its community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for approximately 30 years and have never once felt like it had anything but the best interests of its clients at heart. Sometimes the organization has to represent the most vulnerable of its community seniors in a zealous manner as others continue to try and engage in ongoing exploitation. Other times, Senior Citizens Council is able to divert those to alternative services in order to avoid more restrictive options. It does all this on a very limited budget. Thankfully, these services are available as there are very few other options available for those in these crisis situations.

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Susan107

Board Member

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County provides a much needed, unique service in our community. It is the only organization in our community that will serve as guardian and/or conservator for individuals regardless of their ability to pay fees. The values of the organization and their commitment to advocacy for seniors and adults with disabilities drew me to this nonprofit as a volunteer/advisor. I have worked with many nonprofit organizations over the years and have learned to recognize efficiency and effectiveness in operations. Senior Council is a stellar example of a community nonprofit that gets it right.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is an exemplary non-profit that makes a huge impact with very few resources. We have no public guardian in Clackamas County and Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is the only resource when a senior is being exploited, in need of protection and with no one to help. This agency not only provides guardianship and conservator services but acts as an advocate and meets needs that no one else can meet. I have worked with this agency as a community partner and was very proud to be selected as a board member. I plan to have an active role in this organization for many years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Senior Citizen's Council of Clackamas County is unique in providing conservator and guardianship to at-risk adults regardless of their ability to pay. The case managers treat each client with the compassion and dignity they deserve. I have collaborated with the Council many times over my past 20 years of experience as a social worker in the county. They do amazing work!

1 Tom Unger

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about this grassroots nonprofit group when it decided to honor two employees of a bank where I was working at the time. I realized this group was near where I live but I had not heard of it before. The more I learned about how it literally saves the lives and finances of vulnerable senior citizens, the more I realized how unique it is and how much it deserved my support. I soon joined the board and served for about eight years, right up until the time I retired. I can't think of a more effective organization that does so much for senior citizens, many of whom suffer from dementia and can't defend themselves from crooks and con artists.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've volunteered on the board of this grassroots nonprofit organization for many years. There is no other nonprofit group in Oregon that provides similar services to senior citizens who are at risk of being financially and/or physically abused. Once the Senior Council accepts a client, they continue serving that person for the rest of their life. Many of its clients don't have the funds to pay for those services. In those cases, the Senior Council helps them for free. The Senior Council literally saves the lives of many, many Oregonians. The Senior Council staff is dedicated and passionate about helping others.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The senior citizens council has helped so many of my clients, I can't even count the number. They are compassionate and hard working. They always work until the task is accomplished and they don't give up. I have no idea what Clackamas County would do without their important contribution to our community. Thank you so much!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County when they were appointed as Conservator for a neighbor of mine who was suffering financial abuse from a woman who was supposedly "helping him". What she was doing was helping herself to his income and savings to pay for her drug habit, and her own household bills. The Senior Citizens Council was able to step in and protect this man from any further financial exploitation. Unfortunately the Senior Council was not able to get Guardianship, and so was not able to advocate for appropriate medical care, which he needed. His health rapidly declined and he soon passed away. I was thankful for all the Senior Council did, and tried to do for this man. He was a die hard New Yorker, who moved to Oregon after loosing his son, and two son-in-laws on 9/11 in the Twin Towers. He could be a grouchy old man, but he had a heart of gold. He didn't deserve to be taken advantage of by someone he thought he could trust.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did not know that an organization like the Senior Citizens Council existed when we started helping out a disabled neighbor who was in need of some very basic services at the time. When we were approached by Sue, we discovered that they were truly there to provide all the support and active service we could have asked for. Our neighbor is in much better condition, physically, financially, and emotionally than he was before their involvement. They have also been quick to respond to other referrals we have sent their way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was unaware of the SCC of CC when we reached out to a disabled neighbor who had been abandoned by what remaining family he had left for economic reasons. I was very defensive of our involvement with our neighbor when we were first approached by the SCC. Prior to the council's involvement, I was told our friend would have to hit bottom to receive proper care. When we received our first call from the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, I was dumbfounded! I thought that such a group was only a fantasy. They asked us to continue our support of our neighbor but, with their assistance and guidance.
I cannot imagine the stress that this council goes though each and every day. The care and compassion that's administered to their clients along with finding the funding to continue another day gives a window of hope for the future of our society.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County for over 4 years now assisting them with some of their legal needs. I can't imagine any organization in this field working harder on behalf of their clients. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody who is looking for assistance in this area, and in fact, have recommended them many times. The people that work at the Senior Council are extremely knowledgeable, not to mention friendly, supportive, caring and a lot of fun to work with. No matter the situation, it always brightened my day when Christi B. or Sue would call or stop by the office. I'm sure they have brightened many others' days as well just by doing what they do and being who they are.

2 Joanie E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the senior council for about the last
eight years. They have shown such compassion and support for
for their clients. They are truly a blessing in the lives of the people
who are referred to their agency..

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Senior Citizens Council is a wonderful partner assisting the most needy clients within our community. I work within Social Services and have worked in partnership with the Senior Council as they assisted in the role of Guardianship/Rep Payee/etc for clients who have no other natural supports. Everyone I have worked with puts the client first and advocates as needed to ensure their needs are met. I have to admit it can be extremely challenging when having to network with other agencies (SSA/DHS/Etc) and I have observed professionalism from their end in supporting client needs along with the flexibility in meeting at short notice...much appreciated! Kudos to the wonderful work everyone does at the Senior Council!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Sr. Council for over 30 years working as an attorney in their guardianship and conservatorship program. The Sr. Council staff has a unique talent and interest in working with the seniors in the community, protecting their interests and advocating for the best interests of their clients. There really is not another organization in the state that attains the level of professionalism and excellence that the Sr. Council strives and maintains. There is no question but that this organization is a great benefit to and for the community. Their advocacy and protection of seniors interests is outstanding. To the Sr. Council, their task is to assist and protect seniors to the best of their ability and, unfortunately, with available resources that are always limited. Can't say enough about the dedication of the staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County a year ago when my sister became one of thier clients. Due to a series of unfortunate events I needed to ask them if they would become my sister's guardian, which they agreed to. This orgainzation was truly my sister's only option. As devasting as it was for me to have things unfold the way they did,
the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County has been a blessing in disguise
for my sister and myself. I consider them to be our family.
They always take time out of their day to listen, problem solve when needed, and find a solution.
Since I am not a wealthy person I can only pay it forward in my words and actions.
I will always be grateful to your staff for the invaluable service you provide my sister.
Best Always, Jennifer Lukowicz

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have worked in social services for 25+ years & have been fortunate enough to have had the help & guidance from cristie, louise & their staff on some very challenging clients. they both bring compassion & common sense to some very complicated mediation issues.
the need for their services continues to grow, while funding continues to decline. on behalf of the many clients past & present, i am thankful for their continuing service & support.
peace, neil maloney
social services
greenridge estates assisted living

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became familiar with Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County when, caregivers financially and emotionally abused my vulnerable 97- year -old Great Aunt. Our Family is extremely grateful to SCCCC for providing a secure framework to protect my Great Aunt from further abuse. I joined the SCCCC board because of my concern for other vulnerable individuals and to support the honorable service SCCCC provides for what I now know is a vast problem in our country today! Without the SCCCC program, many seniors would have no protection from financial abuse and neglect. Donors need to be informed of the important work SCCCC provides for our community and donate with confidence to this great non-profit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is an invaluable resource for the seniors of Clackamas County and their family members. They provide a whole array of services to seniors, but one area of service that's particularly impressive to our firm (Oregon Elder Law) is their fiduciary services. SCC frequently steps up to serve as guardian, conservator, or trustee for seniors who have no suitable family members or friends to take on these roles. Serving in these fiduciary roles is hard work, and SCC performs the work efficiently and with compassion. SCC has a small staff and a small budget, yet they serve a large number of seniors and deliver an impressive amount of services. We at Oregon Elder Law truly admire SCC and wish that all Oregon counties had the benefit of an organization like them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been pivotal in helping the disabled and seniors in Clackamas county. I first worked with this group when sharing clients, I as a Hospice social worker, Christie as the guardian. I have never witnessed someone Advocate so completely. The person we worked with had family that was financially taking advantage of her. She was protected from this and secure with the support of Christie. This has been true during the entire 15 years I have worked with the Senior Citizen Council.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A small non profit that has continued, year after year, to provide quality services for people in need. I was involved in the creation of their Guardian/Conservator program which continues to provide critical assistance for a very vulnerable population.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with the staff at the Clackamas County Senior Citizens Council for nearly 5 years (One of their clients lives in my Adult Care facility). They have been outstanding to work with! Christina, Louise, and Franki are patient, compassionate,caring and easily accessible when I need to reach them. We have a great team relationship, and I look forward to many more years of working in partnership. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of their services. I cannot thank them enough! Tim Moore

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the mental health clients who lives in my Adult Care facility has guardianship through the Senior Citizens' Council. I have been greatly impressed with the kindness, patience, courtesy and professionalism that Christina, Louise, and Franki have shown (both to my client, and to my ACH staff)! They are available (even on weekends), and prompt in their response to requests' for information, as well as call-backs. Each month, Franki meets with my client, and she is always interested in his progress. I have spoken with Christina and Louise also, asking for advice; they have been very helpful to me! It is my sincere hope that we will continue to maintain our excellent working relationship in the years to come! I hope that we may receive further clients through Senior Citizen's Council! In short, they are fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about them! Please keep them in mind as they are outstanding! Thank You! Tim Moore (Basil ACH LLC in Tigard)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work of the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is unmatched. The staff are dedicated to helping and protecting our at risk seniors. The Council is able to serve so many of our elders in helping them get the assistance they need and live safer lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

On a budget of $328,000 with 5.2 full time equivalent employees, Seniior Citizen Council of Clackamas County in 2011-2012 provided services to 564 clients, over half being victims of abuse, or neglect or self-neglecting, and victims of exploitation. We provide financial support (acting as representative payee and paying bills), connection to services so that our clients can remain in their homes and, when finally necessary, serving as Clackamas County's principal guardian and conservator. If only government could be as efficient!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

About 6 years ago I was recruited to join the board of Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, and for the last few years I have been president. "Senior Council" as we call it, serves more than 1,000 clients with 4.5 FTE's on a budget comprised of fees and private contributions, making referrals to sources of senior assistance, providing our Guardianship Diversion services to 250 clients to slow down the institutionalization process, and finally to serve as Clackamas County's de facto public guardian and conservator in cases where protection is required. Rarely, if ever, has so much been done for so little money and, wit our graying, the need grows.

1 Dave55

Donor

Rating: 5

The work the Senior Citizens council does to protect and enhance the lives of people who would otherwise be lost is amazing. I am sincerely moved when i hear the stories from the staff about a victim of abuse and how the intervention of the Senior Citizens Council has changed their circumstances for the better. I now also know there are too few organizations willing to shed light on the struggles of our neighbors in our communities and across the country. This is why i am proud to, and will continue to, support this incredible group with their mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I am favorably impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the staff of S4C. S4C being a non-governmental organization, does not get the financial support that is usually associated with governmental agencies and must prove its worth to the public with its services.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas Co. is one of the few non-profit organizations in the Portland metro area serving vulnerable elderly people who have no one else to turn to for help and assistance. Many of their clients either have no families or their families don't get along enough to care for the older family member. A significant number of also victims of elder financial abuse from a family or community member. Director Christi Bird and her wonderful staff are amazing at working directly with their clients in guardianship, conservatorship and money management matters, utilizing other community resources whenever possible.

I am an owner of a private fiduciary company who often refers clients to Senior Citizen Council of Clackamas Co. I have financially supported Christi and her team for years and feel the money I give to their organization really does make a difference to a vulnerable portion of our population that often gets overlooked by our society.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County makes a difference in peoples lives. The staff are very caring and compassionate and work hard to improve their clients lives. They work to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and well cared for. As a student in the Human Services field, I have see first hand the growing need for this type of agency in our community, and the wonderful work the Seniors Council does.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Senior citizens council is amazing. They not only are making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable and in need, but do so with compassion and commitment . Without the dedicated staff under the able direction of Christi Bird, many folks would be suffering, struggling to maintain themselves not only physically but also mentally. They make a true difference in the lives of those they touch.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Senior Citizen's Council of Clackamas County is a wonderful community partner. Our agency has worked collaboratively on behalf of a number of individuals with great success. The board, director and staff are knowledgeable and united in their mission. They are a pleasure to work with and a tremendous asset to the citizens of Clackamas County.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is a wonderful program who assists the most vulnerable people in our community. Christi and Louise are very knowledgable about the process and always willing to consult with any questions from community or families. Their approach is always with kindness and advocacy for the person they are representing. The community of Clackamas County is very fortunate to have such an amazing program.

2 Kris6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Clackamas county, Oregon, the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County has a solid reputation for being the non-profit to turn to when a vulnerable senior needs support services (such as help in making out checks to pay bills and balancing a checkbook) in order to continue living independently. The Council has also been willing to serve as a court-appointed guardian or conservator in situations when a senior needs such a fiduciary but has no suitable and willing family member to take on the role. The Council is staffed with a handful of dedicated, compassionate people who work hard to match their clients with the services they need. They believe strongly in treating their clients with respect and providing assistance in a manner that preserves their dignity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely a wonderful program with people who are dedicated to assisting the Seniors of our community. There is not another program in Oregon that even comes close to advocating for and assisting Seniors. Without this program, many Seniors and Senior's families would be left to fend for themselves. An OUTSTANDING program run by OUTSTANDING people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the board of directors for nearly ten years. This non-profit represents the finest in not for profit organizations. We have a small staff that does an enormous amount of work to provide services for the vulnerable population in Clackamas County. I'm proud to be associated with group.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a senior services case manager, I rely on Senior Council to provide guardianship, conservatorship, and guardianship diversion services to my very vulnerable clients. I appreciate each employees' total dedication to their work. This agency is one of action. The staff attempts to act preemptively rather than wait for a crisis to happen, although crisis often occur. That is the nature of the population that Senior Council serves. I am thankful for all the help and input I receive from the Senior Council staff. Keep doing what you're doing!

1 Zina B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would definitely recommend this organization to a friend or any person in need of assistance.As a care provider i met and worked with the ladies from ''Senior Citizens Council'' very often in the last over 3 years and i am very pleased to keep working with them.I would like to send many thanks to people who sponsor and support this organization. Zena Bolohan owner-operator at Zena's Adult Care Home

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Senior Citizens Council for over 10-years. I am an Administrator of a Memory Care Community. The benifits of this organization is huge. They help in so many areas such as conservator ships, guardianships, etc. I have seen productive, smart, wonderful people riddled with disease and families/friends could no longer care for their loved ones and when Senior Citizens Council stepped in it gave hope to these people. A purpose to continue with life. A "family" to turn to in a time of need. Senior Citizens Council is also benefitial for those of us in the community lending us support. Always knowing where to send us if they cannot help. Senior Citizens Council truly makes a difference in every life they come in contact with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client of Clackamas Senior Citizens Council and have been for three years. I suffer from Bi-Polar disorder which makes handling my finances a very stressful component of my illness. Though Senior Citizens Council I have had much reduced stress as they take care of all issues regarding my finances including dealing with creditors, setting up payment arrangements and day to day running of my finances. I don't know where I would be today without their help. It could be as bad as homeless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County was there when I needed them at a time when my neighbor and friend showed serious signs of dementia. She had lived alone for years following her husband's death. One of her passions is dogs and she had a small number of friends and neighbors who asked her to babysit their dogs--a great fit for all. As she began to forget dog-sitting appointments, dog names and owner names, it was evident something was wrong. The last time she babysit my dog, when I paid her she said she needed to get some food. She opened her refrigerator and it was almost empty except for some pickles and a few leftover scraps. She told me of a letter from the IRS asking for more money. I asked her if I could help her and she trusted me to do so. As we worked together to file important papers and stock some food in her refrigerator, it appeared she was having difficulty writing checks, recording them or even taking checks to the bank. She needed someone to help her on a long term basis. You see, she had no relatives that she knew of and no close friends to step in and help her. I contacted the County of Clackamas, however they were limited in the assistance they could give. They mentioned the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County which perhaps could help me. When I contacted the Senior Citizens Council and spoke with Louise Marsh, she quickly understood all the signals and behaviors that my friend was manifesting. She gave me some excellent advise. Louise was as concerned as I was about the safety and vulnerability of my friend and agreed to meet with me and my friend at her home. We discussed the pros and cons of my friend remaining in her home and Louise was a compassionate listener and helpful advisor to us both. After another meeting we had convinced my friend to relocate to an assisted care facility nearby. At this point I knew that becoming a legal guardian for my friend was more than I could handle. The Senior Citizens Council helped advise me about the need to contact an attorney to petition the courts for establishing a legal guardian/conservatorship for my friend. When I went to an attorney specializing in senior issues, I was told that I must assign a trustee in my petition. I was elated to find out that Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County could be named my friend's trustee. At that point, I phoned them to see if they would consider it. Since Louise Marsh had already interviewed my friend, they would discuss it further and bring it before their board for consideration. How lucky my friend was when they accepted her in their trusteeship as her guardian and conservator. The help and guidance of the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Louise Marsh and Christi Bird made it possible to get safety and asset protection for my friend and neighbor. My dog and I visit our friend often at the living center where she has found a safe and caring home. Her new friends from the Council drop by on a regular basis to see her also and make sure she is happy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for years and with hundreds of people but the people at Clackamas County Senior Citizens Council are the finest. They work tirelessly it seems for the betterment of many unfortunate folks in our community far and wide to protect, provide and advocate for them. They literally save peoples' lives over and over again. The Council is always there for support as we work together to care for a multitude of unfortunate folks who have for one reason or another been left behind, been forgotten or have even been exploited and abused. All that comes to an end unter the Councils' oversight and support. It is a great pleasure of mine to be associated with the Senior Citizens Council Teresa Kaady, Administrator, Rose Linn Vintage Place

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Senior Citizens Council has served vulnerable adults in Clackamas County for years. As a medical social worker at a local hospital, I have seen first hand how they have helped many of our patients who were being abused or neglected. Senior Citizens Council staff visit residents of Clackamas County in their homes really getting to know each individual situation so they understand all of the circumstances in order to provide compassionate and ethical care. Their primary goal is to help each person they serve be as independent as possible and still be safe and protected from those who may take advantage of them. Senior Council is the only organization providing conservatorship and guardianship services at reasonable cost in Clackamas County. They are a wonderful group committed to service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This service has provided our family with great guidance for the care of my sister, Anne Schneider. She is in a home with outstanding care. The Senior Council sold all her property and has manage her finances thru the whole process. They have been a relief to us at every turn. Thank you for all you have done. Bob Graham

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Senior Council helps to protect people who are most vulnerable generally because of their age. I’ve been involved in a number of cases where neglect and or abuse was involved before our intervention. Was most satisfying to be part of the solution. The organization is clearly run in a fiscally sound manner.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past several years I have had the priviledge to assist the Senior Citizens Council with monetary as well as time donations. They assist seniors and disabled adults whom have been abused in one way or another. I have enjoyed volunteering for them at their annual fund raising event.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune of working with Senior Council since 1974. As a case manager for seniors, I was delighted to find their services for my client. When assigned to Adult Protective Services, I started working closely with their guardianship/conservatorship program, and later became a member of their advisory board. I continue to serve on the board after my retirement from government service because of the dedication of staff, and quality service from the organization. They fill many of the gaps in social services in Clackamas County, while operating with the very limited funds that is the pligt of many non-profits.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am constantly impressed with the dedicaton and determination of the staff of Senior Council. The mission fills a much needed gap in services to seniors in Clackamas County. The organization accomplishes so much on a limited budget. Each day in our community lives are touched by the work of this organization. I have been on the board for almost two years. In that time I have seen first-hand the hard work put forth to provide services to this vurnerable population. I am proud to be affiliated with this group and proud for my business to be affilated as a sponsor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County by pure luck. My mother had suffered a series of small stroaks which involved several health complications. After becoming widowed, she was on a very limited income and had no skills of managing her money or monthly bills. The health issues combined with the unmagability of her finances were too much for me to handle alone.

The Senior Citizen Coucil has helped get my mom back on track while allowing her to keep her home. They have worked long and hard to get her monthly payments lowered, additional assistance in areas needed and they communicated with me every step of the way.

They truly have my mothers best interest at heart and I feel blessed to have her in their program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the most wonderful experiences working with Senior Citizens Council. I have been fortunate to be asked to be a part of the advisory committee, work for an agency that can contact SCC when needing assistance with a person who may need guardianship/conservatorship, and a citizen of the county in which they serve. The staff are the most kind, caring, compassionate advocates and go beyond their scopes of the program to insure safety, health, and well-being for each of the most vulneralbe individuals they serve. I can call anytime with questions and get immediate response. I cannot express enough gratitude to this group of people/program who make this a wonderful option/resource available for someone who may not have any safe, caring people in their lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on this board for over ten years. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. We help meet the needs of so many seniors in Clackamas county and strive to help them stay in their homes whenever possible. The staff is extremely skilled and selfless.
Ialso turned to this organization for help when my mother moved in with us and needed extra care and attention when I was at work. They provided me with several excellent care providers .