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November 12, 2020

There is no doubt that 2020 will be a year none of us will ever forget.  This year has thrown us one disappointing curveball after another as we continue to battle a widespread pandemic.

However, in the midst of chaos, we are reminded that there is also so much for which to be thankful this year.  I was reminded of this today as I walked by our wall of thankfulness in our office which is FULL of thank you notes and cards from seniors and families in our community who are thankful for our services in the last year.

At Senior Resources, we are thankful that when our senior community needed us the most, we were able to answer those needs.  Thanks to a coalition of partners that rallied behind our elderly neighbors, we served over 350,000 meals through no-contact emergency food sites in Richland County and around the state.  We are thankful that each one of these meals helped a senior stay healthy from COVID-19 and also well-fed so the adverse health side-effect of hunger did not set in.

We are thankful for the community support that has enabled us to serve more seniors this year than ever before.  In a typical year, we serve about 1,500 seniors.  This year we have already served at least 13,000 and counting.  We have been surrounded by an army of donors, volunteers, partners, foundations, corporations, and responsive local, state, and federal agencies that have all come together to make this surge of service possible.

And we are thankful for the amazing staff at Senior Resources who have taken every safety precaution to keep our seniors and themselves safe.  Our staff have balanced complete overhauls of daily work routines and the ever evolving personal needs at home.  Throughout it all, each employee here has stayed laser-focused on our mission to keep seniors healthy and independent.  They have overcome unprecedented hurdles in 2020 and are still charged up and ready to tackle whatever comes next.

In year of turmoil that we will never forget, I hope we can all remember the blessings that still surround us and dwell in a space of thankfulness as we move into the last days of 2020.

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