Can you imagine dumpster diving during your retirement?


Can you imagine dumpster diving for food during your retirement? That’s a reality that Ellen, an 85-year-old woman from Tucson, recently faced. In poor health and a very limited income, Ellen could no longer keep up with the rising costs of her food, gas, medications, and rent, and faced some desperate choices.

At an age when many Americans are planning their retirement vacations, or spending more time with their grandchildren, Ellen didn’t know where her next meal would come from.

Ellen worked her whole life but her limited income and health benefits provided through our safety net programs for seniors were simply inadequate.

Your generous support preserves dignity for older adults like Ellen through meal delivery and home care. 

Because aging is a process that we all experience, Americans of all ages do better when we make sure everyone has what they need to age successfully. Thank you for making sure Ellen isn't hungry today. 

Abundance Comes From Community

5 ways you can help older adults

  1. Be a good neighbor. Reach out to an older adult in your community and ask if they need help with things like lawncare or picking up groceries. Forming friendships with others from different generations will be a blessing to you as well. 
  2.  Advocate for public policies and societal supports that impact older adults. Ask public officials to support home based services that seniors like Ellen rely on. 
  3. Organize a drive for cleaning supplies or personal care items. These are the items in highest demand for older adults. Contact Adel Irwin to get started.
  4. Sponsor home care services for an older adult in need. $240 gives an older adult home care for one week. 
  5. Know somebody who needs help? Call 480-325-4901 in Central Arizona or 1-844-644-3351 in Southern Arizona for help. 

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