Individuals seeking services from the Center for Healing and Wholeness (the Center) in 2016 were primarily from the West Metro communities of Edina, Bloomington, Minneapolis and Eden Prairie (respectively). But inquiries and referrals for services came from a wide variety of sources within the West Metro quadrant of the city and an increasing number from the South West suburbs.
The demand for our services, for seniors and family members to remain in their own homes and stay engaged and connected in their communities is undeniably increasing. In fact, the Center served 538 individuals in 2013 and that number jumped almost 25% to 671 individuals in 2014.
In 2015 over 80% of individuals served at the Center were at an income range indicating financial vulnerability—as gauged by self-reporting responses to a sliding fee scale and in the assessment/counseling process— which reflects the individual’s financial concerns and barriers to accessing services. 2015 saw double the amount of identified “financially vulnerable” individuals as were served as 2014.
Unfortunately, the trend towards increasing numbers of financially vulnerable seniors seeking services is continuing.