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Homebound Seniors Have Hope Thanks to Local Businesses

Kolleen Rojas, middle, Community Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator, Salvation Army Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program, accepts a check for $1,500 at the Alden of Waterford Advisory Board’s ‘Operation Feed Our Seniors’ charity event. Kolleen accepted the donation from Jessica Bannister, Special Projects Manager, and Rick Nicksic, Director, Education and Outreach, on behalf of Law ElderLaw and the Kane County Guardian’s Office Representatives.

Kolleen Rojas, middle, Community Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator, Salvation Army Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program, accepts a check for $1,500 at the Alden of Waterford Advisory Board’s ‘Operation Feed Our Seniors’ charity event. Kolleen accepted the donation from Jessica Bannister, Special Projects Manager, and Rick Nicksic, Director, Education and Outreach, on behalf of Law ElderLaw and the Kane County Guardian’s Office Representatives.

Thanks to a lot of generous donors, $5,388 was raised for the Salvation Army Golden Diners homebound nutrition program for seniors at “Operation Feed our Seniors,” a charity event held recently at the Alden of Waterford Rehabilitation & Senior Living Campus, 2000 Randi Dr. in Aurora. Due to recent cuts in State and Federal funding, 50 homebound seniors in the Kane County program were dropped from the home-delivered meal program.

“When we found out seniors in our community were going to go without food, we contacted community organizations to help restore meals to these seniors in need,” says Anna Johnson, Executive Director, Alden of Waterford – Assisted Living Community and member of the Alden of Waterford Advisory Board, which organized the ‘Operation Feed Our Seniors’ event.

The Alden of Waterford Advisory Board, which is comprised of area professionals and organizations, meets semi-monthly to identify ways to get involved in the community and identify programs and resources to offer on campus. When the group heard about the cuts to the Golden Diners program, they decided to pool their resources to support a worthy cause.

“There is a tremendous need to help the Golden Diners program after recent cuts by the state and we are happy to do anything we can to help,” said Alden of Waterford Advisory Board Member Rick Niksic, director, Education and Outreach, Law ElderLaw.

The charity event included appetizers, cocktails and numerous raffles, including the grand prize of a one-week Platinum stay at any RCI resort in the world (valued at over $3,000), donated by board member Kathleen Ramsey of Legal Shield. All proceeds benefitted the Golden Diners Meal Program.
The Salvation Army Golden Diners program is still in need of financial assistance. For more information or to donate, please call 630-851-1466.

The Alden of Waterford Advisory Board includes Alden of Waterford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Alden Courts of Waterford Memory Care Assisted Living Community, Alden Gardens of Waterford Assisted Living Community, Aurora Junior Women’s Club, Aurora Public Library, Aurora Township, Fire Tree Financial, Fox Valley Marines, Honor Flight Chicago, Law ElderLaw, Legal Shield, Old Second Bank, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Senior Services Associates.

Alden of Waterford is a 38-acre campus located at Montgomery Road and Randi Drive in Aurora that offers short-term orthopedic recovery and post-acute services; assisted living; memory care assisted living; and independent senior living.

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