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We are so excited to announce Spectrum’s newest program: Connect. This program is designed to bring together people, pets and learning opportunities for older adults in our community. We will begin with providing reassurance calls, friendly visits, and pet food and supplies. We know how important being connected is to our seniors. COVID amplified this need. We utilized our Meals

on Wheels & Fall Prevention teams to bridge the gap during COVID. We have now officially expanded this program.

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans 65+ falls each year?

Falls are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries to older adults. The annual cost of falls is $50 billion, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, that number will reach over $101 billion. Even if you’re healthy or have talked with your healthcare provider, it’s important to be aware of your risks.

We are so excited to announce Spectrum’s newest program: Connect. This program is designed to bring together people, pets and learning opportunities for older adults in our community. We will begin with providing reassurance calls, friendly visits, and pet food and supplies. We know how important being connected is to our seniors. COVID amplified this need. We utilized our Meals

on Wheels & Fall Prevention teams to bridge the gap during COVID. We have now officially expanded this program.

We know that families are still struggling financially from the COVID pandemic. While LIHEAP helps for PG&E and Alameda Municipal Power bills, we had not been able to assist families in need with their water utility bills until now. The new Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program is a COVID-relief program to households with a one-time payment on their drinking water or sewage bill. Assistance is in the form of a direct payment to the participating water or wastewater service giving the resident a credit on their bill.

Program overview:

  • LIHWAP can assist with only overdue water or sewage, not both, unless they appear on the same bill.
  • Priority is given to those facing discontinuation of services.

To apply: See our website for an application or call us at 510-881-0300.

Did you know?

Spectrum’s Weatherization program also helps families save water! In the last 2 years we provided and installed:

131 low-flow shower heads 290 low flow water aerators 167 water heaters

SILKY GINGER SWEET POTATO SOUP

Serves 4 | Cook Time: 1 Hr 30 Min | Prep Time: 15 Min

This recipe was introduced in our new cycle menu, and has been very well received by the Senior Meals Clients.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 sweet onion diced

2 garlic cloves

 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper 4 cups peeled sweet potato cubes

2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1 14-ounce can coconut milk

2 green onions thinly sliced for topping extra coconut milk or cream for drizzling