Dear Friends of VIDA,
2017 marks forty-eight years that Vida Senior Centers has been serving the Washington, D.C. community. Since 1974, the agency has focused on services to the seniors in the District. This is the fastest growing population in the Country and this phenomenon is impacting the District.
Vida provided 110,672 units of service to 395 seniors from throughout the District in the last program year. We are experiencing an average of ten new participants per month and project to serve over 475 unduplicated participants in program year 2017.
Please help VIDA meet the needs of the low-income seniors in the District.
For just $4 a day you can help one needy senior receive breakfast, health and social services, engage in activities and receive a warm, nutritious lunch. That is just $80 for one month, $480 for six months and $960 for one year.
Because Vida has always focused on providing services in a culturally appropriate manner and employs a bi-lingual staff, it naturally attracts the Latino/Hispanic seniors from throughout the District. But, our array of programs and services are well known so the population of seniors that enroll at Vida gives us a diverse and international flavor. Anyone is welcome and whether the participants are from the Philippines, Haiti, Africa, Brazil or from right here in Washington, D.C., it is awesome to see that they find a way to communicate and enjoy the programs and activities together. They reflect how welcoming the District has always been. Many came here with diplomatic families, to work as nannies or in the hospitality industry or served as maids and housekeepers. Some were professional musicians, athletes and artist. They carry an expansive history about coming to America and of the changes they have seen right here in Washington, D.C.
Our senior centers are a place where we can address major issues that affect an aging America. Isolation is known to often lead to depression and malnutrition. Language barriers can contribute to a lack of medication adherence. We all want and need to interact with others and have fun. Fitness activities help our seniors with strength and balance to prevent falls which can cause broken bones and may be very difficult from which to recover.
The educational programs help our seniors learn to manage their chronic diseases, learn English, develop basic computer skills, learn Civics in Citizenship classes and enrich their lives.
Your donations will help maintain and expand programs and activities to help meet the needs of seniors in our community.
Thank you for your generous gift. It is tax deductible and greatly appreciated.
Rosa E. Pizzi, MA