On January 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Senior Services for South Sound will be collaborating with the City of Olympia and other social services organizations to be part of the Point In Time (PIT) Count. “We specifically wanted to be a site for the PIT count to try to get a more accurate count of seniors who are experiencing homelessness or are houseless in our community,” states Molly Noble, Senior Services for South Sound’s Senior Care and Support Director. She adds, “We looked at the PIT Count numbers from last year and knew they weren’t even close to what we were seeing come through our doors at our senior centers.”
The Senior Center will be partnering with Panorama City to hold a coat, sock, and other winter clothing/supplies drive to benefit the homeless seniors who come to the center to be counted as part of the PIT Count on that day. “Panorama actually reached out to us and asked how could they help.” Jolene Black, Deputy Director, explains, “They too have noticed the increase in housing scarcity for seniors and wanted to know how they could help us get more homeless seniors through our door. They are providing funding to cover free coffee and pastries on the 24th and will be helping to cover lunch for those who don’t qualify for the Senior Nutrition Program lunch. They have also reached out to their own community to ask for donations of coats and socks to be available at the PIT count for those in need.” Jolene adds.
Senior Services for South Sound will be open to those 55 and older. Those who come will be provided with a coffee coupon, and can attend lunch at noon. Molly adds, “We are hoping to have other services available that day to those who come to be part of the PIT Count. We want them to feel welcomed, safe and part of our senior community at Senior Services.”
If you would like to volunteer on the 24th to help welcome people to the Senior Center, help promote the PIT Count, or provide coats and socks for seniors, please contact Molly Noble at 360.586.6181, ext. 120.