Recent Happenings at SOME – September
October 17, 2017
SOME runs 38 programs and there is always a lot going on! Here are some recent events in our programs from September.
SOME’s Dining Room, Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, Advocacy, Center for Employment Training and Senior Services Departments joined together to put on our 1st Annual SOME Fest. Attendees received on the spot blood pressure checks, glucose screeninga and additional medical information, learn about our senior services programs, made dental appointments, spoke with counselors to find out about our programs, learned about our mental health support services, discovered how go get involved with advocacy, discussed shelter concerns, and spoke with representatives about educational options at CET. Our guests enjoyed delicious food, great music, played games and won prizes! We are looking forward to next year’s event.
For more than 20 years, SOME has been providing affordable housing with supportive services for homeless individuals and families and we were please to celebrate the opening of Rev. G. Smith House this September. The building is named in memory of Reverend Griffin S. Smith, a founder of SOME who dedicated his life to serving others. Rev. G. Smith House will provide affordable apartments for 38 formerly homeless and low-income men and women. We were honored to have Rev. Smith’s son, LeRoy Smith; close friend Tanora Joyner-Medlock; and President of Efforts from Ex-Convicts, Inc., Rudolph H. Yates speak at our ceremony.
DC Senior Advisory Coalition Meeting
This September, SOME Senior Center hosted the monthly meeting for the DC Senior Advisory Coalition. As a member of the SAC, we continue to work together to improve services and resources for seniors and were happy to have Councilmember Trayon White participate in the conversation. During the meeting, members discussed the District’s budget and the impact it has on the services provided to lower income older adults, vital programs such as the Seabury Connector, home-delivered meals, housing issues.
SOME’s Homebound Program serves isolated and homebound seniors, age 60+, in Wards 6, 7 and 8. We alleviate the loneliness of homebound seniors through supportive services including regularly scheduled assessments, weekly calls, links to community resources and practical assistance from volunteers to meet the needs of daily living. These services allow participants to remain independent in the community for as long as possible and to celebrate them we invited them to our Senior Center for a day of appreciation. Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal, learned more about the history of the District in a game of trivia, played bingo and took pictures at our photobooth. We had a wonderful time celebrating and are looking forward to our next event!