San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) November 04, 2012
Habitat for Safe Seniors, a nonprofit organization located in Startzville, has been feeding the elderly in and around the area for eight years. Their nutrition program is the flagship of the organization among other services provided to the elderly population such as home safety and repair program, environmental program, and ramp program. Since the birth of Habitat for Safe Seniors in 2004, the number of elderly people they cater has tripled, which means more helping hands are needed to accomplish the task of providing the nutritional requirements of these people. In a recent post on the organization’s website, VolunteerSanAntonio.com, Habitat for Safe Seniors are calling to individuals to heed the call of volunteerism and reach out to the elderly in the area.
According to statistics gathered in 2007, there are 36.2 million food insecure Americans. This is a staggering number and considering the effect of the economic downturn that has followed in recent years, it is no surprise if this number shoots up further. As it is, there is a lot of help needed to provide for those badly hit, particularly the members of the most vulnerable population such as the children and the elderly. Many people have risen to the occasion and has chosen to make a difference in this social climate by volunteering, says Habitat for Safe Seniors, but there is a constant need for fresh hands and supplies and there can never be too many volunteers to look after the elderly in the Canyon Lake area, as well as in the additional areas within the county like New Braunfels, Spring Branch, Bulverde, Smithson Valley.
In VolunteerSanAntonio.com, the organization tries to communicate the need for more volunteers and to create more awareness about the situation of many elderly people within the area. As much as possible, Habitat for Safe Seniors extend the best of their help to these clientele by providing them nutritionally sound food and supplies at no cost. The nutrition program of the organization is carried out in several ways: food delivery, food fairs, emergency food pantry, and mass deliveries. Each entails a specific set of tasks and routines that volunteers help to carry out in order to take care of specific needs of the elderly.
The food delivery service is carried out by a volunteer who takes weekly visits to the house of the elderly to bring food and supplies. Each elderly registered with the Habitat for Safe Seniors is given a particular volunteer driver who will bring the food. This volunteer San Antonio also looks out for any safety and security issues the elderly might be facing at home. Food fairs are similar but it also caters to families and communities where the elderly thrives. Food is provided at no cost to everyone in an event sponsored by the San Antonio Food Bank and hosted by the Habitat for Safe Seniors.
The other two services, the emergency food pantry and mass deliveries follow the same purpose. The emergency food pantry is for walk-in seniors who need food, supplies, and nourishment as necessary or during emergency situations. On the other hand, mass deliveries happen when mass donations are given within 24 hours notice and the food donated is at risk for spoilage such as frozen goods and other perishables. The mass deliveries are conducted by volunteers to distribute the food as soon as possible without having the elderly go all the way to the center and having the organization make a big amount of phone calls.
All these tasks require hands and feet to accomplish, which is why Habitat for Safe Seniors are constantly sounding the volunteer button. The elderly cannot take care of themselves so volunteers are needed to make a difference in their lives. To learn more about the organization and their work, check out VolunteerSanAntonio.com.
Habitat for Safe Seniors began in 2004 with a few volunteers and a limited range of senior citizens we could assist. Today, our operations have tripled in size, allowing us to reach a far greater number of elderly in our area. To date, our programs have been limited to the nutrition program including an emergency pantry service, a thrift store, and a senior center. We consistently adjust these programs, operations and procedures to meet as many needs as possible.