CARL IS IN CRISIS AND NEEDS A CONNECTION
Calgary Seniors is the ONLY agency in Calgary that handles urgent, crisis situations for seniors. These situations can be especially sensitive, like Carl’s struggle, and need to be dealt with by professionals.
Carl was introduced to Calgary Seniors by a close friend who has worked with Calgary Seniors before. Carl’s friend was very concerned about his emotional health and living situation, and placed a call to our seniors crisis line (SeniorConnect) allowing me, a specialized social worker to meet with him. Carl is 65 years old and in the process of being evicted from his home. He had also recently lost his wife a few months ago and was having extreme difficulties grieving.
Carl’s landlord had died shortly after his wife, causing the executor of the estate to sell the rental property that he was living in. He had 3 months to find a new place to live. I worked with a partner agency of The Way In Network to get him housed in an affordable housing building.
I also worked with Carl to apply for the CPP Survivor Benefit and assisted with filing a life insurance claim. Without this quick work Carl would have fallen even deeper into debt. I am continuing to work with Carl and meet with him on a weekly basis to evaluate Carl’s budget. These weekly meetings also assure Carl that people are there to support him through this difficult time.
After sorting out Carl’s finances, I put a referral in to Calgary Seniors volunteer department and our Practical Kindness program to get volunteers to help him sort through his deceased wife’s belongings - something he has been dreading doing. Once that is done, Calgary Seniors will arrange for a mover to move him into his new home using our Emergency Fund, which is a special fund designed to assist when there are no other funding options available in crisis situations.
Without the combined effort of our social work department, our volunteer department and our special emergency fund, Carl would have suffered through his grief and housing insecurity alone.
~ Ryan, Calgary Seniors Social Worker
Without SeniorConnect, seniors in a crisis would have to wait an average of 4 to 6 weeks for help from a social worker from one of only four agencies serving seniors in Calgary. By Adopting a Grandparent, you will help ensure this service stays possible.