The Parish Senior Program has served older adults residing in the inner city for over 62 years. DICP serves 120+ older adults that majority are low-income people of color. The seniors program offers these main services: food & supply box home delivery, in-person socialization and educational events and classes, and transportation services to help seniors get to our events as well as medical appointments and other healthcare-related trips.
During the pandemic the Parish pivoted quickly to a delivery program of food boxes along with cleaning supplies and hygiene kits. As transportation is still a major obstacle, we have now honed this process and provide over 140 boxes of food per month.
We currently offer in-person socialization and educational classes to help improve our seniors' activities of daily living. We offer in-person events Wednesday-Friday 10am-1pm as well as Volunteers of America (VOA) congregate meals Thursdays and Fridays from 11am-12pm.
The only requirements to be a member of the Parish Senior Program are to be at least 60 years old and to reside within 5 miles of 1212 Mariposa St. To receive a congregate VOA meal, you may be under 60 and attend if you volunteer to serve the food.
In January 2021, with the support of the community the Parish Seniors Program developed a plan to expand and reach many more in our neighborhoods to fight loneliness and isolation.
We have grown from serving 30 older adults to 120+! During the pandemic, based on the support of Next50 Initiative, Comprecare Foundation, Denver Region Council of Government Area Agency on Aging, and CIGNA Health we launched the very first Senior Virtual Program. Over 100 iPads have been distributed to program members to date.
We look forward to adding more education, socializing and care navigation support to our service offerings throughout 2022. We are actively recruiting for new Senior members, as we hope to grow our rosters to 160 members.