The Senior Connection is dedicated to providing programs and services that preserve and foster independence, mobility and quality of life for seniors.
The Senior Connection was created in January 2003 through a merger of two long-standing community nonprofits – The Seniors’ Interfaith Resource Center (SIRC) and the Allied Silver Spring Interfaith Services for Seniors Today (ASSISST). The merger allowed the two organizations to better serve the greater Montgomery County, MD area by providing free, escorted and “through the door” transportation services to older residents.
The Senior Connection continues to be the largest provider of free, escorted transportation in the county. We are supported in this effort, in part, by a contract with the Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability.
In December 2010, the Senior Connection took over the Red Cross’ Montgomery County Shoppers Program to its program services. Volunteers either escort the senior to the store or personally shop for them and help with putting the groceries away upon returning. This program is means-tested based on income and age.
In May 2011, we adopted the AARP Foundation’s Bill Payer Program using the AARP Foundation guidelines for similar programs. This service coordinates volunteers to provide individual hands-on help to seniors who are no longer able to navigate their monthly bill paying obligations. Through the Bill Payer Program, seniors maintain a higher quality of life – staying in control of their own finances and providing measures to prevent identity theft and fraud. These services are also provided free of charge and offered in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Money Manager Program and in cooperation with the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM). This program is also means-tested for income and age requirements.
Over the last 20 years, the Senior Connection has provided more than 250,000 free services to over 7,000 senior citizens in the region, with the help from more than 1,800 community volunteers.
Our Pillars of Engagement
Provide Programs That Foster Independence, Mobility and Quality of Life
This focuses on serving the needs of seniors who want to age in place, developing and implementing programs accordingly, improving program benefits, and increasing community, client and volunteer participation.
Support Education and Professional Development
This pillar focuses on serving the education needs of clients, volunteers and the general community we serve and providing valuable and accessible educational and training opportunities as well as development and continuing education to program participants, volunteers, and staff.
Maintain Operational Excellence
This pillar focuses on providing an ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of service, governance, transparency, and due diligence in every facet of operations.
Engage Community Partners
This pillar focuses on developing new and supporting current efforts in advocacy for all programs to outside constituents and the general public, developing strategic partnerships for our programs and services, and being active participants in supporting issues that we believe support our mission is good for the public interest.