Letter: Remember nonprofit senior centers, others when you give

Although your special section “Snohomish County nonprofits: Where to give in 2016” lists many worthwhile and deserving charities, it has some glaring omissions. Every category in your list has multiple options, with one exception: seniors, who, once again, have been largely overlooked. I was very glad to see Senior Services of Snohomish County listed; they are a wonderful organization and their meal, transportation and repair programs are invaluable to seniors.

That said, you neglected to name even one of the Snohomish County Senior Centers, all non-profits, all working with low-income seniors on a daily basis. Many people do not realize that the fastest growing segment of the homeless are among the elderly. According to a 2011 AARP report, “Americans 65 and older sustained the largest increases in poverty of any group in 2009. And the problem is getting worse.”

The Stillaguamish Senior Center offers low income housing. We offer affordable meals. We have resources for counseling, wellness, dental health and physical fitness. We are a social hub for those facing the loneliness of isolation. And our Food Bank and Community Food Room enable impoverished seniors the security of knowing they have something to eat.

Additionally, the Arlington Community Resource Center (ACRC) which emerged as a result of the Oso landslide tragedy and is housed on the Stillaguamish Senior Center campus, was also noticeably absent from your list. ACRC is one of the few organizations in north county area which is providing much-needed support and services directly to the homeless population in the area.

It’s wonderful that you are shining a well-deserved spotlight on community non-profits. Maybe you could do a Part 2 and list some of the other wonderful organizations that were overlooked.

Christina Robertson


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