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CHARLESTON AREA SENIOR CITIZENS SERVICES INC

#OneHotMeal

aka Meals on Wheels of Charleston   |   Charleston, SC   |  www.charlstonareaseniors.org

Mission

Enhancing the lives of older adults in the community

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Inc. (CASCS) has served older adults in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties since 1967, founded under the organizational leadership of Nicholas J. Sottile, founding Chairman. CASCS operates Meals on Wheels of Charleston and provides community based services and subsidized housing for homeless seniors. Senior nutrition through food distribution is CASCS's primary service. Home delivered meals is the largest program offered, supplemented by 30 Day Emergency Food Boxes, and Congregate Dining. CASCS provides #OneHotMeal Monday through Friday, as well as, a visual safety check conducted by the Meals on Wheels Delivery Technician.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Ms. Donna Cook

Director of Finance

Stephanie Duncan

Main address

259 Meeting St

Charleston, SC 29401 USA

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Formerly known as

Charleston Area Meals on Wheels

EIN

57-6030048

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CASCS has been serving Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties since 1967.

Organized in response to “...the Older Americans Act of 1965 which was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults." “This centralized network of funding, supports a decentralized (community based) service delivery system." The funding is based on the percentage of an area's population 60 and older in need of nutrition and other support services.

Meals on Wheels of Charleston need for meals has been growing at over 15% for the last three years. Increased donations/funding will allow program expansion, eliminate seniors placed on the "Waiting List" due to a lack of funding and address any "Crisis Meals" which need to be provided day of the call usually triggered by medical discharge or financial crisis. Trident Area on Aging which certifies citizens to receive Meals on Wheels funding, requires a minimum of 14 days for case evaluation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Meals on Wheels of Charleston

A hot noon meal is provided five days a week to home-bound seniors. Ending fiscal June 30, 2016, CASCS delivered 161,500 meals, serving on average 648 seniors each weekday.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

A subsidized housing complex for seniors, aged 62 and older, who meet income guidelines. Priority is given to homeless seniors or those about to become homeless. Rent is based upon income. A full time Case Manager, an in-house free grocery store, and planned activities are available to all residents.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

FGP is service program for older adults aged 55 and older. CASC recruits, trains and supervises volunteers assigned to
at-risk children in low performing schools or Head Start Programs ages 10 and younger. Volunteers provide Reading Readiness, tutoring, and mentoring services. Volunteers who meet income guidelines receive a small tax free stipend. All volunteers commit to 15-20 hours per week service. This program is offered in three counties.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

SCP is a service program for adults 55 and older. CASCS recruits, trains and supervises volunteers assigned to home-bound, at-risk seniors. SCP volunteers provide companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation and respite services. Volunteers who meet income guidelines receive a small tax free stipend. All volunteers commit to 15-20 hours of service per week.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Group Dining and Transportation Service is offered in downtown Charleston. The Senior Center offers health & wellness and recreational activities Monday through Friday. The membership fee is $12 per year, and the program is open to anyone 55 and older. The group dining program housed within the senior center provides a hot noon meal to low income seniors (60 and older) who are nutritionally at risk. Door to door transportation service is provided to group dining participants. The program serves Charleston County.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Ansonborough House

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Immediately provide meals to clients in crisis from medical, mental, financial or other considerations until caregiving agencies can process paperwork for funding and support services.

2. Allow aging clients to remain at home as long as possible (at least six months) before relocation or institutionalization.

3, Provide additional nutritional assessment. “The majority of the applicants for Meals On Wheels were at risk for poor nutritional status before service initiation. Thus, many independent living older adults may need additional nutrition assessment and intervention to remain independent and in good nutritional status especially if they are on any type of medical regimen.

Meals on Wheels applicants are a population at risk for poor nutritional status." (Ann M. Coulston, et al. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 96(6):570-573. 1996.)

4. Provide Crisis Meals to those under the age of 60 until situation is stabilized via other support agencies and funding sources.

5. Reduce anxiety and depression from feelings of hunger.

6. Transition to Meals on Wheels, if necessary, once permanent funding has been approved.

The strategic plan is a multi-pronged to reach numerous categories of donors/funders:

*Apply for 4-6 grants each month
*Seek local community support- businesses, restaurants and civic groups who may not have donated previously
*Execute multiple fundraising events each year to raise funds and awareness to the need
*Provide an impressive experience for volunteers- volunteers can become donors

As funding and volunteers grow more staff will be added to accomplish more of the agency goals.
Currently, CASC has a full time Executive Director, part-time grant writer and a part-time volunteer coordinator.
Funding has already increased in the last 2 years with a small staff- priority will be given to more development staff as funds become available.

Over the last 2 years our income has grown- however, the need has grown as well.
We still see that seniors are getting served a hot meal and a daily safety check each weekday- there are fewer clients on the waiting list than last year at this time.
CASC considers that forward progress-

Financials

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CHARLESTON AREA SENIOR CITIZENS SERVICES INC

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Williams

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2021

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