"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus
The Group Dining program, located at the CASC Downtown Senior Center, provides 60 noon meals each weekday to older adults determined to have economic and/or social needs.
Clients are assessed to determine eligibility and most are frail, have multiple health problems and are low income. Clients also participate in the educational & recreational programs offered at the center.
Percentage of clients living alone: 78%
Number of meals delivered daily: 450
Total number of clients annually:1176
Total number of meals served annually: 107,110
Average number of referrals received weekly: 15
Meals are purchased from a regional caterer and are healthy meals. In addition to the hot meal, clients are provided food bags monthly to help stretch their food dollars.
Grocery items obtained at the Lowcountry Food Bank for clients are purchased with community donations. The Center is far from a soup kitchen; however, clients attending each day enjoy the wellness and recreational programs offered. Emphasis is placed on living wisely and living well.
Additionally, Transportation is provided to and from the CASC downtown site in fifteen-passenger vans. Transport is door-to-door service, primarily to the senior center and home, Monday through Friday.
Limited travel for shopping and physicians' appointments is available based on staff and vehicle availability. Clients are urged to utilize mass transit and other systems for transportation needs whenever possible.