Creating Stability Then and Now: MOM's Seniors Program
In 1984, Oakwood Lutheran Church approached MOM and asked for assistance in determining the needs of seniors in our community. MOM brought together seniors, service providers and interested citizens to learn more about the needs of seniors—and how we could help. The result was the formation of The Project for Older People, known as POP. A large grant from the Faye McBeath Foundation provided the funds to start this program. Middleton Community Church donated space for POP’s offices. With this new program, we became a “MOM and POP organization.”
From the beginning, POP’s objective was to provide needed services to seniors so they could remain independent and stay in their homes as long as possible. Services included rides to essential places like doctors’ appointments and grocery stores as well as help with chores. United Way of Dane County along with individual and business donations provided funding for the program.
POP grew quickly. In 1986, POP served 100 seniors, providing 260 rides, with 50 volunteers contributing 8,164 hours. In 2010, the name changed to the Seniors Program. In that year, MOM served 200 seniors. Last year, MOM provided 3,177 services to seniors. Besides receiving rides and help with chores, seniors also met with case managers and visited MOM’s Food Pantry and Clothing Center. Currently, adaptations have been made to this program so that we can keep seniors safe while continuing to provide vital services to them.
MOM’s Seniors Program in Action
MOM’s Seniors Program helps seniors obtain basic necessities and stay independent. Here’s one senior’s story:
A veteran in his 70s had a fixed income that only left him with a little over $200/month after paying his rent. He has been on various waiting lists for subsidized housing since 2014 but hasn't been able to get in yet. He began to have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses not covered by Medicare, creating more financial strain. MOM has helped with senior rides, food, utility assistance, medical bills and a one-time rent assistance grant. Recently, he called Laurie Horton, Seniors Program Manager, to say, "I don't know how I could have made it through the past few months without you and Middleton Outreach Ministry."
Help Us Celebrate 40 Years by Supporting the Seniors Program!
MOM has been able to help so many seniors in our community through the years because of your support. You can join our Circle of Hope by making a monthly gift to sustain MOM’s efforts to end hunger and prevent homelessness. Donate $40 a month for our 40 Year Celebration!
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