The Senior Action Network of Eastern Washington (SANEWA) is a place I always feel welcome. As an elder law attorney, I am interested and often called upon to understand the social needs of my clients as well as their legal needs. Consistent with our mission to provide a networking forum to promote the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities for business development, all the help I need gathers at our membership meetings the third Tuesday of each month.
The needs of seniors and their families are myriad. These may include managing their finances or their loneliness, selling their homes, arranging a move or meal delivery, finding adult day, in-home or residential care, locating caregiver support, engaging hospice, handling family conflict, making funeral arrangements and many more. Whatever the need, SANEWA has you (and your client or resident) covered.
Further, we want to enhance healthy, independent and secure lives for senior citizens, and to volunteer goods, services or labor towards senior related charitable causes or community outreach. It has been good to see our growth over the past few years because not only are we able to help each other, we are able to help our seniors in some amazingly impactful ways. There is that $13,600 we raised and donated in 2015 to the Alzheimer's Association, Parkinson's Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, Catholic Charities, the YMCA Retired & Senior Volunteer Program and Cathedral Plaza.
In 2016, we are spending our money and our human capital on even greater efforts toward our mission. Recent examples are the beautification projects undertaken by our small but mighty crews at Fahy Garden and the O'Malley Apartments. Two long days of hard and dirty work and a few thousand dollars transformed the garden gathering areas of these facilities, enriching the lives of the seniors who live there...and enriching our own lives.
Shared passion is a magical thing. Relationships are built, business is done, people are helped, lives get better and our much deserving seniors are served. I encourage each member of SANEWA to examine your contribution to our mission, to attend our meetings, volunteer your time, give your money, commit your effort and as have I, receive in return even more than you give.