Parish Seniors Program
The Parish Seniors Program has served older adults residing in the Denver metro area for over 63 years. DICP serves over 240 older adults that are majority low-income people of color. The program offers food box home delivery, socialization events, educational classes, and transportation services. Our transportation services help seniors get to our events, as well as medical appointments and other healthcare-related trips. Our mission is to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older adults, and help them overcome barriers to aging in place.
During the pandemic the Parish pivoted quickly to a delivery program of food boxes along with cleaning supplies and hygiene kits. We continue this program today as we found a need in the community around food support to older adults with no transportation. We now deliver over 180 boxes of food per month to more than 95 individuals.
The in-person socialization and educational classes we offer help improve our seniors' activities of daily living. Some of these classes include financial wellness, technology support, Medicare and Medicaid assistance, and healthy eating. We offer these events and activities Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30AM-1PM, with a hot meal served at 11AM. We also host fun & educational day trips two Wednesdays a month!
There are only two requirements to be a member of the Parish Seniors Program - be at least 60 of age and live within five miles of the Parish. You may be under 60 to receive a meal if you volunteer to serve the food.
In January 2021, the Parish Seniors Program developed a plan to expand our efforts to fight loneliness and isolation. In order have a greater impact in our community, we focused on outreach to homebound older adults.
We have grown from serving 30 older adults to over 240! We are supported by the NextFifty Initiative, Comprecare Foundation, Denver Regional Council of Government Area Agency on Aging, and CIGNA Health, all of which help us continue to grow in-person programming and transportation services.
We look forward to adding more education, socializing and care navigation support to our services throughout 2023. We are actively recruiting new Senior members, as we hope to grow our rosters to 300 members.