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COVID-19 Update: Spectrum Community Services remains dedicated to serving our senior and low-income clients every day, especially during this challenging time.  

We are closely monitoring the changing conditions surrounding the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19, and staying up-to-date on new developments through national, state and local public health organizations.  

At this time, we are happy to report that the majority of Spectrum programs are operational. Most importantly, we are continuing to deliver meals to our homebound seniors.  Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are being used during meal deliveries to ensure that both clients and volunteers remain healthy.  

Additionally, Spectrum has received approval to temporarily allow takeout food from our senior dining sites.


Our Fall Prevention exercise classes have been temporarily suspended. At-home exercise program materials are being distributed and class cancellations are being personally communicated to participants.

LIHEAP utility assistance is processing applications with limited staffing.

Emergency LiHEAP/Weatherization clients with broken furnace or hot water heaters issues are being served due to the health & safety issue.

 

COVID-19 Update: All events have been cancelled as of now. This will create a huge funding gap, please consider making a gift today to help keep Spectrum services in place. 

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Every weekday around noon at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, elderly people who want a nutritious meal can come get one in the cafeteria for $3.75, or however much they can afford. The lunches are brought to the center by volunteers and staff members from Spectrum Community Services, a nonprofit which assists low-income families and seniors. Around 20 people will come to any given meal, and there are a lot of regulars, according to Juan Sosa, who checks people in at the meals. Sosa says that earlier in the week, a man who comes regularly turned 100, and everyone enjoyed a birthday cake.

Sosa’s photo of the 100-year old man on his birthday at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center meal, with his plates of finished food in front of him.

Each meal is planned by a registered dietician, and includes foods like tomato Florentine soup, Brussels sprouts, whole wheat pasta and salmon in a lemon caper sauce. Each meal comes with milk, and there’s always a chef salad (even a vegetarian version) if people don’t want the meal of the day. 

On a recent Friday, a table of regulars, some of whom know each other from playing bridge on afternoons during the week, are eating a Moroccan chicken dish with brown rice, salad and pineapple. They are happy to chat. “I like the meals because I think they’re good for us,” says Jean Mundy. “They have protein, carbohydrates and minerals.”

“There’s something about cooking for one person,” she continues. “It’s hard to cook well for one person. This helps us—it’s social eating with other people.”