Del Mar organization receives $15,000 grant to reduce isolation among older adults

Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare Inc., presents a $15,000 grant award to Nancy Weare, center, and Beth Levine, representatives of Del Mar Community Connections.

A $15,000 grant has been awarded to Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) through the San Diego Foundation’s Our Aging Society program for a new socialization outreach project, DMCC board president Nate McCay announced recently.

The funds were awarded through the Foundation by Del Mar Healthcare, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established to meet the housing, health and financial security needs of older adults, with a special emphasis placed on reducing isolation and helping older adults stay in their homes longer.

Beth Levine, chair of DMCC’s new project, named The Lunch Club (TLC)-TOO, said the funds “will enable us to explore for one year the feasibility of offering semi-monthly lunch/interactive programming opportunities at the new Del Mar Community Building location.” She noted that the grant will provide 360-480 meals a year at 24 luncheons, with a program director, van driver and volunteers implementing the activities. The goal, she said, is getting more homebound older adults out of their homes and interacting with others. Van rides will be offered to and from the Community Building for individuals unable to drive. The TLC-TOO project supplements two other lunch programs sponsored by DMCC — monthly low cost senior luncheons at local restaurants (the original TLC), and a lunch gathering of “retired older men eating out (ROMEO).”

The luncheons will be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with an anticipated April 16 start date, Levine said. For more information, call 858 792-7565.