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Greetings and welcome to Senior Services Plus.
I am pleased and honored to be President of your Board of Directors. We have such an incredible organization with a mission and vision to provide for everyone to age successfully through access to resources that are key to this process. SSP began over 40 years ago as an idea from some community leaders to bring services together for area seniors. Fast forward to present time and we are in the midst of a capital campaign that is again changing the face of our business to help better serve our community.
We have such an incredible group of staff and volunteers. In 2016 we provided direct services for over 26,000 individuals and SSP was also involved indirectly in services for over 9,000 individuals! We serve a broad clientele including those that are aged 55 and over as well as younger individuals through our wellness center and foster grandparents program. In 2016, the SSP Congregate Meal Program provided over 24,000 meals to 1,277 people who rely on us daily for a nutritious meal. In 2016, 105 seniors who are volunteers in the foster grandparents program provided over 96,000 hours of volunteer service to improve the lives of students in 13 neighboring school districts. Through programs such as these, as well as others that are too numerous to mention, we are truly making a difference in our community.
The past few years have been challenging economically, and we have seen several local area businesses providing services to our community be shuttered. We have also had challenges with funding from the State of Illinois. However, SSP has weathered these challenges and has come out strong, as we are continually fueled by our passion for our community and those we serve.
While our SSP staff and volunteers have done an incredible job we could also use your help. The Pathway to Wellness Campaign is well underway and we would greatly appreciate your support. We are in the process of creating a state of the art facility that will provide even better and enhanced services to our community. I would like to personally appeal to you to make a donation to the campaign. Please visit our website at http://seniorservicesplus.org/next-step-donations to make your donation, or feel free to stop by the office at 2603 North Rodgers Avenue in Alton, IL and make your donation in person and tour our facility and/or have a bite to eat at the Schoolhouse Grill. Help us to continue making a difference in our community. I thank you for your time and consideration and support of SSP.
Dr. Cindy K. Manjounes
SSP Board President