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United Way of Central Alabama, Inc.
3600 8th Avenue South
P.O. Box 320189
Birmingham, AL 35232-0189
Phone: (205) 251-5131
Fax: (205) 323-8730
United Way of Central Alabama is partnering with the UAB Center for Aging, the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens, and the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging to create a collaborative network that meets senior needs, builds on existing infrastructure, and provides ongoing data regarding senior issues and service gaps that need to be addressed.
The Senior Issues Task Force, consisting of key stakeholders in the greater Birmingham senior service sector, was established in 2008 to bring together across-section of individuals and organizations to develop a collaborative strategic community approach in a cohesive, efficient and compassionate service system. The Senior Issues Task Force presented the Senior Summit: “ Mobilizing Communities and Congregations to Enhance the Care of our Seniors” in February 2010 to begin a dialogue among medical and senior service providers and representatives from faith communities to explore collaborative ways to serve those who encounter the challenges of aging.. This was the first event of its kind in our community.
Senior Support Fund
The Senior Support Fund assists vulnerable older adults in accessing services to improve quality of life and maintain independence.
The Senior Support Fund is a United Way in partnership with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) and the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizen Services that serves frail and vulnerable seniors in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker Counties.
The following is an example of what the Senior Support Fund has enabled the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging to do to ensure the safety of a vulnerable senior:
B.C. is an 89 year old nutritional client who turned 90 years old in January 2010. As a widow, B.C. lives alone with no family support. She is a resident of Jasper, Walker County and has been receiving services from M4A since February 2006.
When our nutrition coordinator visited B.C. he found that she had tires on her roof to keep the shingles from coming off and a severely rotten porch. She had some materials to repair the roof, but no one to do the job. The materials were purchased from a contractor. When the workers arrived to assess the problems, they found the front porch to be so rotten that the boards broke through, so they left and did not return to repair the roof. Fortunately, BC is a petite woman; otherwise, she may have fallen through the porch herself.
Seeing these safety hazards, the M4A nutritionist organized a group of gentleman from his church to make the repairs. Funds from the UWCA Senior Support Fund were used to purchase the remaining roofing materials as well as all of the materials for the front porch.
UWCA solicits funds from individuals, faith-based, civic, and/or corporate groups to address unmet the unmet needs of our seniors, age 60+ who reside in central Alabama. Funds will be used to address the following needs:
- Homebound meals
- Supplies for home repair (lumber, grab bars, insulation)
- Lifeline devices
- Smoke detectors/CO detectors
- Fire extinguishers
- Box fans
- Durable Medical Equipment: potty chairs, walkers, etc.
- Purchase medication
- Medical co-pays and deductibles
- Flashlights, nonperishable (shelf stable) foods, bottled water: items for emergency preparedness
Please help ensure that our seniors are able to live safely and with dignity. Donations may be on line or sent to:
UWCA Senior Support Fund (A1079237)
P.O. Box 320189
Birmingham, AL 35232-0189
Senior Summit: “Mobilizing Communities and Congregations to Enhance the Care of our Seniors” (IMAGE OF SUMMIT FLIER)
Over 100 leaders from the faith, medical and senior service communities in Central Alabama attended a senior summit in February 2010 entitled “Mobilizing Communities and Congregations to Enhance the Care of our Seniors.” Attendees focused on practical approaches to engage volunteers, ways to work together and build a community and faith-based senior service network. Event s ponsors included Alacare, Alabama Power Company, St. Martin in the Pines, Positive Maturity, Parker Consulting, Inc., Senior Resource Guide, Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services and Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging. The event was hosted by United Way of Central Alabama t he University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Aging.
Information Provided at the Senior Summit
- Importance of the Faith-Based Community to the Health and Well-Being of Older Adults presentation - Linda Jones, DNP, UAB School of Nursing and Kellie Flood, MD, UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
- What We Know About Faith-Based Services and Ministries in Central Alabama presentation - Claire Parker, President, Parker Consulting, Inc