The Poway Senior Center remains closed, but the center’s board of directors and the City of Poway continue to work together to connect older adults with services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Poway Valley Senior Citizens Corp. (PVSCC) is the nonprofit organization that runs the senior center, with the mission to help older adults live robustly and independently. The senior center is, by its nature, a place that people gather for social interaction and companionship, to be connected to services, for educational and recreational activities, and for meals. Even as the state begins modifying its stay at home orders, given the congregate services the center provides and the vulnerable population it serves, it appears unlikely the center will be able to reopen soon. The PVSCC Board recently made the difficult decision of laying off its paid staff members, including Executive Director Leslie Hoffman. The Poway Senior Center lists resources for seniors on its website (powayseniorcenter.org). The City of Poway is connecting residents with the citywide volunteer organization Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC). For a list of resources in our local area, residents can call or email PNEC at 858-668-1250 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Both organizations recommend residents connect with 211 San Diego by dialing 2-1-1 or finding them online at 211sandiego.org. Additional organizations providing options for meals/food in the Poway area include: Feeding San Diego – www.feedingsandiego.org The Community Food Connection (Trinity Church) - Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Friends & Family Community Connection (FFCC) – www.ffccsd.org, (858) 945-2492 (leave a message), email@example.com Meals on Wheels - www.meals-on-wheels.org (register for meals online) Jewish Family Services - www.jfssd.org, (858) 637-3210 Aging & Independent Services- www.aging.sandiegocounty.gov/greatplates
The PVSCC Board of Directors and the City of Poway will continue to monitor changes to the county public health orders and determine at what point senior center operations can resume in a way that offers programming that is safe for participants and helps generate revenue to offset operating costs.
Special thanks to the following organizations for their steadfast and generous support!
•The City of Poway has provided the Poway Senior Center ongoing operational support for the last 46 years. Without their assistance, our center would not be able to provide impactful social, wellness and resource services to our senior clients.
•State Assembly Member Brian Mainschein for additional funding support of our center. The state grant has allowed the Poway Senior Center to purchase materials and equipment that fosters our ability to provide directly for the seniors as well as create an independent revenue source for the organization in a way that reduces our reliance on government funding.