March 16 at 2:38pm

Senior Connections Program a success among North County seniors

 

2015-03-10 13.12.30After completing the first three months of the Senior Connections Program, Interfaith Community Services is happy to report it has been a huge success! Operating out of a mobile food truck, the program provides lunch and activities to North County seniors in Vista and San Marcos.

Nearly 70 participating seniors from all four program locations were surveyed based on their experiences with the Senior Connections Program; questions included in the survey ranged from the quality of the food, to the value of the educational topics presented. Those surveyed were also asked for general comments on the program as a whole. After conducting the surveys, 90% of seniors agreed and/or strongly agreed that the program has improved their overall nutrition and 100% of seniors reported that the program has improved their weekly socialization.

“This is a wonderful program!” said one anonymous survey participant. “I’ve spoken to many encouraging them to come. The food is excellent and the people involved are very kind, friendly, helpful and personable.”

Facilitated by a three-year grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and a partnership with Dreams for Change, the Senior Connections Program implements a food-friends-health approach to improving senior physical and mental wellness. Because the North County area is geographically spread out, the truck acts as a mobile resource center for local residents. By providing seniors access to a meal, as well as brining them together in a social and educational setting, Interfaith is offering a holistic, all-encompassing service to participants.

“I think this is an excellent program for seniors,” said another anonymous participant. “Food, friends, information and entertainment – and its totally affordable.

The food truck, named Thyme Together, serves lunches and accompanying activities Monday through Thursday every week at two mobile home parks and two faith centers along the Route 78 corridor. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Vista Village Mobile Home Park, Vista

Tuesdays 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, San Marcos Lutheran Church, San Marcos

Wednesdays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, St. Francis of Assisi, Vista

Thursdays 11:30 am – 2:30pm, El Dorado Mobile Home Park, San Marcos

Seniors in attendance order their three-course lunches from an Interfaith Community Services staff member and are then invited to socialize while they are served their meals. After finishing their lunches, seniors are welcome to participate in the day’s activity. To date, activities have included line dancing, sing-a-longs, educational talks about nutrition, and more.

“Thank you so much,” said a San Marcos senior. “This is an excellent program. The socializing and convenience is so important. The food is delicious, the speakers are fun, and the volunteers are friendly, helpful and wonderful! 

Interfaith thanks the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and Dreams for Change for their participation and support. For more information on potential Volunteer Opportunities with the Senior Connections Program, as well as information on Interfaith Community Services, please click here.