"Our goal is for people to live the life they want to live, where they want to live, and to have the highest quality of life possible."
- SCI President Patti Lyons
The History of Senior Citizens Inc.
Senior Citizens Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit organization, began in 1959 with the vision of one man, Harley C. (Nippy) Morrison. Mr. Morrison, then an executive at Union Camp, noticed that many of his older acquaintances could no longer provide adequate nutrition for themselves. To meet that need, each week, he and several friends would pack bags of pre-made lunches for once-a-week delivery to 13 seniors throughout the community. From that humble beginning, grew a private non-profit organization with the mission of helping people age successfully.
To accomplish its mission, Senior Citizens Inc. provides a variety of services that meet both critical and social needs. Most clients begin with Concierge assistance which is designed to provide information and assist older adults and their families navigate any program or service that might meet unmet needs. Other programs include Home Delivered Meals (Meals On Wheels and Sage Meals) which currently provide 1,800 seniors each day with hot, nutritious lunches; transportation services to take seniors wherever they wish to go; personal assistance in the home; and companionship and employment opportunities through the Senior Companion program. Senior Citizens also operates Adult Day Care Centers that serve frail seniors. These centers specialize in caring for seniors suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and are staffed by registered nurses and specially trained aides. In addition, Senior Citizens operates neighborhood centers throughout the region where seniors gather for fellowship, lunch, and activities as well as The Learning Center which provides humanities-based educational opportunities and cultural activities to more than 500 members.
While Senior Citizens serves four counties in coastal Georgia (Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Liberty), the Senior Citizens administrative office is located at 3025 Bull Street in Savannah. This historical site was built in 1927 as a hospital for the Central Georgia Railway. Senior Citizens purchased the building in 1979 from Candler Hospital to serve as its base of operation and it has become as a magnet for activities for older adults, non-profit service agencies and ancillary services provided by private business services.
Today, Senior Citizens Inc., with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, assists more than 10,000 older adults and their families each year. Already a recognized national leader in providing services for older adults, the organization anticipates doubling its impact by 2018 through the expansion of its facility and services with the completion of the Center for Successful Aging.
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