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 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020


Sally’s Fund continues services for the elderly in our community

Sally’s Fund Senior Transportation Organization has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to provide transportation to the elderly in our community for medical appointments, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, as well as dialysis. 

Executive Director Rachael Berger said, “We never stopped necessary transportation services; however, we did pivot our services in March, to deliver groceries, to help maintain senior nutritional needs, as well as to deliver items the frail elderly were unable to obtain on their own. We are continuing to deliver 100-150 bags of groceries each week and currently we have experienced an increase in requests for medical transportation.”

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Sally’s Fund delivers groceries to seniors in our community

“In order to keep Sally’s Fund drivers and passengers safe, we instituted new procedures: masks must be worn at all times, temperatures are taken, and a brief questionnaire needs to be answered prior to each ride. Each vehicle is sprayed with a medical grade disinfectant prior to entering the vehicle and after passengers exit, ensuring that door handles, seat belts, and buckles are sanitized.” 

Twice monthly, Sally’s Fund vehicles are professionally cleaned to minimize any health issues. Drivers use hand sanitizer and, in addition, a plexiglass barrier between the front and back seat is now installed in the vehicles as a safety precaution.

Sally’s Fund is transporting one person at a time in each sedan, unless they live in the same household, and a maximum of two passengers in its vans.

“We realize the changes to our transportation service may require extra time and may initially limit the number of elderlies that we drive each week, but we are doing our best to balance the needs of our older adults and our capacity to provide safe service to as many in need as possible,” said Berger.

The drivers are making extra effort to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation felt by many of the elderly in the community. After months in isolation and with the resurgence of COVID-19, Sally’s Fund is seeing firsthand the increased anxiety and fear in the elderly. They want to reassure the senior community that Sally’s Fund will continue to deliver groceries and provide transportation to those in need. 

If you know of a senior who is in need of transportation or grocery delivery, call Sally’s Fund at (949) 499-4100. Sally’s Fund extends thanks to the community and their City Partners for their continued support. Donations may be sent to PO Box 1626, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

 

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