The mission of FOCUS on Senior Citizens is to meet the needs of seniors, enabling them to remain independent, active and healthy.
Lifting Up Those Who Raised Us ! Hi Hi Coach, it's John Smith, quarterback, class of 73. How are you doing? Good to hear from you John. You know I can't see well enough to drive anymore and my children work or live out of town. It makes it hard to stay active or to get to my doctor's appointments and I tend to stay home by myself alot. Coach, call FOCUS. They will come to your home, pick you up and either take you to an appointment or to the senior activity center where you can exercise, play cards, join the painting group and eat a hot lunch. The activities are free and a $5.00 donation to help with the gasoline and food is all that is requested. I volunteer there on Tuesdays. John, this is an answer to my prayers. I have seen the FOCUS vans but had no idea it was for active seniors. See you next week and John, it means the World to me to be remembered by a former student.
FOCUS on Senior addresses 6 major needs of today's seniors. Below is an overview of our six departments.
v Supportive Services provides chore aid, emergency assistance, sitters, telephone reassurance, employment assistance, and help with medications, case management, and Medicaid Waiver Services. Unduplicated clients for last year: 432 Provided 9,948 hours of service.
v Foster Grandparents- Fifty six seniors helped 354 at risk school aged children serving them for a total of 52,364 hours.
v Retired Senior Volunteers 356 seniors volunteered throughout Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County and Hale County accumulating 54,638 hours of service.
v The Transportation Department traveled from county line to county line transporting 637 unduplicated clients with 28,574 units of service and logging over 149,761 miles to doctor’s offices, social service agencies, basic needs shopping trips, special events trips, volunteer sites, local Foster Grandparent school sites, and to nutrition sites.
v The Senior Center provided 2,715 seniors with 82,438 units of service in the areas of exercise programs, dance lessons, board games, chess, bridge, canasta, quilting, singing, health awareness and holiday celebration. FOCUS helped 1,134 seniors with their Federal and State Income Taxes and provided over 250 low income seniors with holiday food baskets and clothing.
v The Nutrition Programs served 130 meals every day, with activities planned each day before the meals were served. Hours of service totaled 79,182.
Total number of service hours provided last year: 305,357
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