Beginning Saturday, July 8, the Southeast Neighborhood House (SENH) will expand its hot meals program for the elderly to include weekend service. The new program will supplement the weekday lunch and nutrition information program SENH now offers.
SENH a nonprofit organization, also offers geriatric day care and handles all city programs for persons over 60 who live east of the Anacostia River in Wards 6, 7 and 8. In addition, SENH has services for other age groups in its area.
"We have two major programs - out Title VII nutrition program KEEN (Keeping the Elderly Eating Nutritionally, and a geriatric day-care
Program." said Laplois Ashford, executive director of SENH.
KEEN has six nutrition sites in the Far Northeast-Southeast area that serve hot lunches Monday through Friday. Ashford said SENH hopes to expand the number of sites serving lunches.
There are presently 1,100 people enrolled in the KEEN program. "We serve 543 people a day at the nutrition sites and we deliver 70 meals a day to the homebound." said Zefferine Wheeler, the nutrition project director.
The weekend meals will be served at the Chef Table restaurant at 4414 Benning Rd. NE. said Wheeler, and about 300 additional meals are expected to be served.
The meals are prepared by Pathan Foods, Inc. of Northwest Washington and delivered to the six sites in bulk quantity, Wheeler said. The staff delivers the meals to the homebound.
The meals program could be affected by legislation introduced by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and 51 other cosponsors. The proposal, an amendment to the Older Americans Act. would expand the home-delivered meal program nationwide. "There are currently 72,000 meals delivered daily to the homebound elderly." said Peter Parham, an assistant to Kennedy.
There are 150 meals currently delivered to the homebound elderly in D.C., through funding by the D.C. Office on Aging. There are also private organizations that deliver meals to the homebound. Officials in the D.C. Office on Aging hope to serve 250 homebound elderly in 1979.
SENH's geriatric day care program serves 60 people and operates at D.C. Village in Southwest Washington. "We will also be expanding this to another site." Ashford said. "In addition, we will be opening some multipurpose centers in the future and we may establish congregate housing D.C. Village.
"Another 60 people will be added to the geriatric day care program in August at Southeast Community Hospital."
At D.C. village, the day care program in August at Southeast Community Hospital."
At D.C. Village the day-care patients receive nutrition and health care information, as well as recreation, counseling and occupational and physical therapy.
The community development and organization staff of SENH "is designing a mini-area agency on aging for elderly east of the Anacostia." said Yolande Owens, a staff member. "Southeast House will be a major this area. Our overall goal is a comprehensive service delivery system for the elderly in this part of the city."
The system may eventually include convalescent day care, discount purchase programs, multipurpose centers, medical and dental services, housing for senior citizens and nursing home facilities.
In addition to the programs for the elderly. SENH offers day care for children under 12, recreational activities for youth ages 6 to 21 and information and referral on housing and consumer issues and food stamp and Social Security benefits.
SENH is funded by the D.C. Office on Aging. the United Way and the United Planning Organization.
The organization was founded in 1929 as a settlement house to provide services to the poor in Southeast Washington. In 1966 it moved from Capitol Hill to its present location at 1225 Maple View Place SE, in the Anacostia-Congress Heights area. For information about SENH programs, call 8891700.