Latino Outreach Specialist

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Latino Outreach Specialist

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Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. is proud to announce that Migdahlia Santiago will be taking on the role of managing the agency “Latino Outreach to Seniors” program. The program is now countywide as a result of the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the United Way who have provided funding to assist in the expansion of the program in 2015.

The Latino Outreach Program offers interpreting and translation services to older adults who are at least 55 years of age and families who are caring for an older Latino adult. Karen Lucks, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Associate Director, says that this is an under-served population when it comes to senior services. “We know that there are Spanish speaking elderly out there who need our Day programs and other senior services but they are not getting that access due to language and cultural barriers”. Ms. Lucks added, “The expanded Latino Outreach Program will be concentrating on helping the Latino community in the Jamestown area and the surrounding communities to learn about our Day Programs, as well as providing interpreting and translation for seniors who have limited English skills.” In addition, to helping individuals and families, the program is also available to provide assistance to human service organizations who may need help providing senior services to the older Latino population. Individuals and non-profit agencies throughout Chautauqua County can request interpreting, translation and facilitation services for Spanish speaking older adults.

According to Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., Executive Director, Frank Bercik, this expansion had been contemplated for some time. He said, “We have had our Latino Outreach Program in Northern Chautauqua County for 7 years. We started there because of the size of the Latino population and wanted to expand these services to the growing Latino population in Jamestown and surrounding areas. As a result of the expansion, we have already been able to serve additional Latino older adults in our program and we are excited to be able to continue this service throughout the county. Linking older Latino adults with our Senior Day Programs and other community based care will help older Latino adults to continue to be independent and receive care that helps term remain at home”.

Karen Lucks, Associate Director will also be working with the Latino Outreach program assisting with the promotion and continued integration of the program so that no matter where families or agencies are located, they will be able to access Latino Outreach services with ease and get the same great customer service.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. is a not for profit United Way community partner, that offers affordable Senior Day Programs and Respite Care Services for adults sixty years of age and older who live in the community. The agency has four sites that serve all of Chautauqua County. The programs provide a social program that offers many opportunities for older adults to participate in activities during the day in a caring, friendly atmosphere with supportive staff and companionship.

The sites provide breakfast, snack, and a noon time meal for participants. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps persons participate in outings in the community. The sites also offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts, and much more on an ongoing basis. Additionally, a Saturday Program is available in Jamestown. For participants who desire financial assistance, funding is available. To learn more, visit www.seniordayprograms.com or call Jamestown – 664-9759, Dunkirk-366-8786 and Westfield-326-6842. You can also find the agency on Facebook.