ONEgeneration – Meeting the Needs of Our Community’s Children and Seniors
You can help by shopping at the Encino Farmer’s Market (and More!)
Longtime Grandpoint Bank client ONEgeneration is transforming the lives of children and seniors in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles by connecting them in ways that teach compassion and provide purpose. ONEgeneration’s unique, intergenerational programming combines a daycare serving approximately 100 children from six weeks to six years old and an adult day center under one roof. For part of the day, the preschoolers work on tasks and projects with the seniors, and the seniors can come into the nursery to rock or play with the babies.
“For the children, this interaction teaches them compassion and about differences at an early age,” said Jennifer Davine, Director of Community Relations and Fund Development at ONEgeneration. “For our seniors, many of whom have a brain-impairing condition or other difficulties, interacting with the children makes them smile with joy while giving them a sense of purpose and of being needed.”
ONEgeneration also maintains a Senior Center further on Victory Boulevard for active seniors who want a place to gather and socialize. They can choose from a variety of health promotion and disease prevention classes, yoga and dance classes, as well as educational programs about fraud and scams targeting seniors, Medicare, and other important current issues. Many also come to the center for a hot lunch, which is donation-based and free to those who cannot afford to pay. ONEgeneration also serves these hot lunches at three different sites in our area and for 220 homebound adults.
Although some funding is provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, ONEgeneration’s ability to provide these many services relies on grants, sponsorships and donations, as well as proceeds from the Encino Farmer’s Market. The brainchild of former ONE Generation board member, the late Harry Vickman, the year-round Encino Farmer’s Market donates a portion of its proceeds each week to support ONEgeneration and its programs. The popular market, open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., just celebrated its 20th anniversary and features food from over 30 farms from all over central and southern California.
Arlet Hur, who manages Grandpoint Bank’s relationship with ONEgeneration, has led the charge in garnering sponsorship support from our bank for ONEgeneration. She also works with their staff to provide the banking and credit support they need to keep their organization moving forward.
“ONEgeneration does a lot for our community, and people can help them by spreading the word about their services to seniors and to their caregivers, to farmer’s market fans and to anyone who might be able to support the organization through volunteer services or financial donations,” said Arlet.
The ONEgeneration intergenerational model is a forward-thinking approach to meeting the needs of the community’s young and elderly and providing a way for them to help each other. Furthermore, ONEgeneration is the only organization providing free services for seniors in this part of the San Fernando Valley. We are proud to do business with and to support ONEgeneration.
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