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.
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.
I've volunteered as a board member of this organization for a few years. I joined after I learned about all the services it provides senior citizens who are at risk of losing their life savings and have no one else to protect or care for them. This nonprofit group is unique. The services it provides at little or no cost to seniors are not offered by any other local agency. That's why the court system (judges, lawyers) and social service agencies love it so much. They often turn to the Council as a place of last resort to help save a senior in need. I can't say enough good things about the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County. It is a grass roots agency that doesn't spend a lot on staff, rent or office equipment. The dedicated board and staff make sure to use as much of its budget as possible on helping our vulnerable senior citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .