Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

Celebrating National Social Work Month

Posted by Amber Martin on Mar 7, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Have we mentioned how much we love the people who tackle social issues daily, in spite of the many challenges they face? We do, we love you!

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Topics: community, poverty, food security

Seniors are Struggling as Illinois Remains Without a State Budget

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Feb 22, 2016 1:03:00 PM

Back in August we partnered with Forefront to write about how the Illinois budget crisis has had an impact on the most vulnerable citizens across the state. Since then, not much has changed. 

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Topics: community, food security, budget crisis

Best of "Senior Moments from H.O.M.E." in 2015

Posted by Amber Martin on Jan 4, 2016 9:57:29 AM

Happy 2016 from H.O.M.E.!

On the Senior Moments from H.O.M.E. blog, we write about events, issues, and stories that we see in our day-to-day work providing essential services to seniors in Chicago. From poignant moments between staff, volunteers, and clients to sharing information about issues seniors face, we cover a lot of ground.

Here are our most viewed posts from 2015:

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Topics: food security

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Volunteers bring warmth to seniors

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Nov 23, 2015 3:00:00 PM

H.O.M.E. volunteers mean the world to seniors during Chicago's brutal winters. The winter can be costly and dangerous for seniors who lack the financial means or physical ability to winterize their homes themselves.

H.O.M.E.’s Weatherization Program provides a safe, simple, and affordable option to low-income seniors in Chicago.

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Topics: volunteer, food security, safety, Giving Tuesday, impact

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Shopping Bus, a lifeline to fresh food

Posted by Bruce Otto on Nov 9, 2015 10:29:00 AM

Last week, I took a ride on the Shopping Bus with eight residents of Maple Pointe apartments in Chicago. I arrived a few minutes early and discovered several people gathered in the community room waiting for the bus. I introduced myself and the first thing someone said was, “Thank you for providing the bus, it’s a lifeline for us!” 

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Topics: community, senior independence, food security, shopping bus, Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Keeping seniors warm in Chicago winters

Posted by Michael Laz on Nov 2, 2015 11:29:50 AM

Chicagoans will tell just about anyone from anywhere that we have the coldest winters in the world. And while someone from Fargo may have a valid argument otherwise, we can all agree that yes, Chicago winters are cold.

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Topics: senior independence, food security, safety, fall prevention, Giving Tuesday, impact, aging in community

10 Ways You Helped Make an Impact in 2015!

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Oct 26, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Happy New Year! October 1st launched a new fiscal year for H.O.M.E. and we said goodbye to 2015.

The work we did last year would not have been possible without the help of our network of donors, volunteers, and partner. Your time, treasure, and talent meant a great deal to us! We would not be able to do the work we do without your philanthropy.

Here are 10 ways your support of H.O.M.E. helped make an impact.

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Topics: food security, celebrate, philanthropy, impact

8 Quotes on How to Be a Good Neighbor 

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Sep 28, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Today is National Good Neighbor Day! This day was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of creating a robust community in your own backyard.

It's always great to have a good neighbor but it's also important to BE a good neighbor. In our intergenerational housing program, we foster community through events and activities, but also in our daily interactions with people who live and work in the same building.

With people of all ages living and working together, it's important to remember some of the things that make a community strong. On our community boards and posts, we share upcoming activities and encouraging words for our staff and residents. Here are eight quotes that we have shared with about how to be a good neighbor! 

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Topics: community, food security

Myth-busting senior challenges

Posted by Amber Martin on Aug 31, 2015 9:53:49 AM

Did you know that 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S.?

As Baby Boomers reach retirement, the older adult population is growing fast. The challenges that older adults face are also growing and changing. It can be difficult to keep up with the facts, and sometimes what we think we know isn't quite on the mark. 

With over 30 years of experience providing housing and housing services to low-income seniors living in the City of Chicago, H.O.M.E. helps seniors live independently and increase their quality of life. Since we launched Senior Moments from H.O.M.E. last summer, we have spent some time busting myths that we sometimes hear about seniors.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, poverty, food security, senior hunger, Resources and tips for seniors

Illinois budget crisis impacts the most vulnerable citizens

Posted by Janet Takehara on Aug 17, 2015 1:40:05 PM

Illinois’ budget deadline for FY16 has passed and what is left in this game of political tug-of-war is uncertainty for our families and communities. Since no budget agreement was reached on July 1, 2015 (the start of the new fiscal year), and despite a recent hard-fought proposal to spend  federal funds if the state Senate agrees, this uncertainty has become a way of life as the social safety net that protects our most at-risk citizens has been hit the hardest.  Here are stories from working families, people who are disabled, and seniors who are living in this crisis.

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Topics: poverty, food security