ALEXANDRIA, VA – Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) has decided to cancel its 2020 Annual Gala completely due to COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation comes after an attempt to reschedule the event, originally planned for March.
“This was a tough decision, said Mary Lee Anderson, SSA’s Executive Director. “However, our priority now is to continue to serve the city’s most vulnerable population—our older adults—with programs that are keeping them safe and healthy.”
SSA has been working diligently over the past few of months. The organization is delivering nearly 2,500 meals each week. Over 100 clients are enrolled in their Groceries to Go program. SSA has started a new “virtual” Friendly Visitor program to keep seniors connected. When clients need to travel, SSA makes the appropriate arrangements.
Clients who sign up for SSA Connection receive weekly emails with interesting and uplifting information for Alexandria’s older adults. Those who act as Senior Ambassadors also receive updates to share with their communities three times a week.
As Alexandria begins to transition into phased re-opening, SSA staff will continue to manage all this remotely until a gradual return to the office is possible.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of our Gala sponsors and donors for their continued support of SSA during this critical time,” said Laurie Blackburn, SSA’s Board Chair. “Your donations will allow SSA to continue responding to the increased need for services to the senior population. We are fortunate to live in such a compassionate and caring community.”