When the staff at The Senior Source began to receive more and more calls related to economic security, they knew a program dedicated specifically to address the financial needs of older adults was vital. To begin the years of planning, researching, and ensuring the right team and program was in place, The Senior Source received a generous grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at the Communities Foundation of Texas in January of 2011. This funding was the critical component necessary to ensure the dream of helping older adults gain and maintain financial independence and public safety became a reality.
On May 20, 2014, the Dallas County Commissioners Court officially announced the creation of the Elder Financial Safety Center. The center is the first and only of its kind in the nation that addresses all aspects of older adults’ financial security through a unique collaboration made up of The Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts, and District Attorney’s Office. The collaboration offers prevention, protection, and prosecution services.
Originally, the Elder Financial Safety Center’s goal was to help 3,700 older adults within the first five years. Through the generosity of the individuals, companies, and foundations listed below, the center has already served over 15,000 people by its third year.
- Bank of American Charitable Foundation
- Communities Foundation of Texas
- Graham Charitable Fund of The Dallas Foundation
- Dallas Women’s Foundation
- Anita Jones, in memory of Dale P. Jones
- The Meadows Foundation
- John and Nancy Solana
- Annie L. Stevens Fund and Elizabeth T. Robinson Fund of The Dallas Foundation
- Texas Bar Foundation
- United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
- W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation
Additionally, we want to recognize and thank Molly Bogen, Becky Bright, Amy Croft, Katie Dickinson, John Norris, and Donna Strittmatter-Max. These forward thinking and strategically minded individuals were instrumental in bringing the center together.
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