Be Fit Be Well Donor Program
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and The Administration on Aging, the typical Pennsylvania senior citizen is an 81-year-old widow, who lives alone and whose income is $23,560 annually. She does not qualify for government funded in-home aging programs and services other than Meals on Wheels if medically necessary.
Recognizing this growing trend, former Berks Encore Board Chair Nancy Yocom and supporter Carolyn Holleran helped develop Be Fit Be Well, a multi-year giving program designed to provide dependable and continuous funding to strengthen Berks Encore’s framework.
Serving Those Who Need It Most
Introduced in 2013, Be Fit Be Well’s ultimate goal is to ensure that our services remain available to the average senior who may not qualify for government funded-programs, but still needs assistance. According to AARP, nearly 90% of people over 65 indicate that they would like to remain in their homes as long as possible, and four of five in that age bracket believe their current home is where they will always live. Maneuvering the aging maze, either by the senior or an adult child, can be extremely difficult. Through their multi-year donations, Be Fit Be Well partners—individuals, couples and businesses—help ensure that Berks Encore can continue providing assistance with insurance, income tax preparation, heating, rent, food, home maintenance, financial and food security.
Contact JoAnn Gruber, Director of Development, 610-374-3195 ext. 223 to join the Be Fit Be Well movement, so Berks County’s older adults and their families can continue receiving these essential services.
To meet the needs of the ever-growing aging market, Berks Encore has expanded current programs and developed new programs and services designed to assist those who do not qualify for government programs for low-income seniors. Based on national research based best practices, focus groups with local employees and employers, and tours of agencies in other areas of the country, we developed the following:
- Berks Encore Care Management and Advocacy
- Chronic Disease Management Education
- Simple Elder Law Services
- Strausstown Senior Center