Community Partner of the Month: ElderHelp of San Diego


Seniors are our parents, grandparents, tFran awardeachers, friends, neighbors and our veterans. They deserve our best attention, our utmost respect and compassion from our community. In San Diego, there are more than 400,000 seniors over the age of 65. Nearly half struggle without adequate income or family resources to make ends meet. They need solutions for living, and ElderHelp delivers them.

For 44 years, ElderHelp has filled a unique niche in the San Diego community, helping older adults live independently in their homes, reducing the likelihood of a significant health event and improving their quality of life.

Evelyn& OneetaWhat do our seniors need? Our biggest request is transportation. We provide that, door-through-door, to medical appointments, the grocery store, and even social activities. Many with chronic medical conditions rely on our degreed social workers to provide medical advocacy to stabilize their health and keep them in touch with their doctors. Others just need a helping hand with home maintenance, so our skilled volunteers show up to fix things. And because so many live alone and are isolated, we match them with compatible friendly visitors who brighten their days and even develop long-term relationships with them.

Because all of our services are donation based, ElderHelp relies on community philanthropic partners for support. We’re grateful for many who sponsor our annual Essence of Life event and all who work together with us throughout the year to help San Diego seniors age with dignity.

Gretchen Veihl
Director of Philanthropy