Thursday, January 2, 2014
2014: A Time for Reflection and Planning for the Future: Senior Connections Celebrated 40th Anniversary in 2013
By hrobinson @ 9:43 AM :: 2920 Views

Senior Connections extends best wishes to all for a successful, happy and fulfilling year in 2014. We appreciate the tremendous support received from program participants, community partners, funders and contributors over the past 40 years. As we begin this wonderful New Year, we are reflecting on our rich history and looking to the future. We touch the lives of more than 22,000 individuals each year in important ways and provide critical services to approximately 3500 seniors annually. We have received another "clean audit" as in past fiscal years. We have several new staff members (Faye Cates, Pamela Toliver and Carolyn Comerford) who complement the tremendous talents of our Senior Connections team. There are several additional grant opportunities. We are thankful to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Corporation for National and Community Service, Dominion, Genworth, the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, the Community Foundation, the Greater Richmond Transit Authority, the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg as well as the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation for continued funding support and guidance. We extend thanks to all of our donors and supporters. We are thankful for another successful Empty Plate Campaign that has raised more than $60,000 to help us meet the critical needs of community seniors. Special thanks are extended to all of the sponsors and supporters of the Empty Plate Campaign. We recognize our Presenting Sponsors - Dominion, Genworth, Bon Secours, Trinity Family Life Center and M.H. West & Company. We now look forward to our continued progress during 2014 and beyond. To support our vision of "greater community impact," our Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff continue to implement the Five-Year Strategic Plan (2012 to 2017). As the designated Area Agency on Aging for our region since 1973, Senior Connections wants to increase visibility and awareness of our programs throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area. Thank you for giving us your suggestions about how to do this. We value your input to me at twatson@youraaa.org as we prepare our Plan for Aging Services that will be completed in July 2014.