Curry Senior Center began operations in 1972 to assist the city’s most vulnerable population with medical assistance, housing and meals. Completing its 40th year of operations this month, Curry’s mission is as important today as it was in 1972.
“As we begin our 5th decade of service, there is a growing population of seniors who need our in the neighborhood,” according to Dave Knego, Executive Director. “The senior population is most concentrated in the Tenderloin and these people need a place where all of their needs – medical, nutritional, social, and housing – can be met.”
Medical visits to Curry have increased over 10% over 2011, serving 1,625 clients with 10,509 visits. Of these statistics, this includes 166 in-home visits by physicians and nurse practitioners for seniors too frail to leave their homes.
Curry’s meal site served 49,320 breakfasts and 61,480 lunches.
The housing arm of the agency was working overtime this year securing housing for 42 seniors who were previously homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. And the occupancy rate for Curry’s Senior Housing was 97.5%.
The mission of Curry is not possible without the dedication of it s volunteers who have donated over 10,000 hours of time serving the agency. This includes over 540 hours of medical translation into languages including Cantonese, Lao, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Program highlights in the 40th year include:
- Recruited a new group of daily volunteers who help serve seniors and socialize with them
- The addition of mental health services.
- Enhanced the infrastructure with new kitchen equipment, sturdy chairs, an expanded bathroom, and a refurbished elevator
- Preparing for electronic health records and transitioning to team-based care.
- Health education efforts included the addition of pain management and smoking cessation classes and expansion of one-on-one and group education on diabetes.
- Started a new after-lunch walking group and a monthly raffle in the Dining Room.