Axia College of University of Phoenix
Continental Senior Center is a community based organization located in Westminster, Orange County, California; a historically rich community founded nearly 200 years ago. Approximately 60% of the population of Westminster is over the age of 60 and have lived there all their lives. Of these senior residents approximately 50% have a poverty-level income. The Continental Senior Center is proposing a five-year project in which to provide services to the aging community and their families to aid in improving their living conditions. The Senior Center is located in downtown Westminster; it is in the heart of the community allowing for activities and services to be provided in an easily accessible location. Assessment
The target population of the Continental Senior Center is the seniors in the community over the age of 60 that have poverty-level incomes. The senior population over the next five years will continue to increase about 1% a year therefore, the problems faced by the community will continue if programs are not put into place to assist the seniors. Increased technology and qualified case managers will assist in providing more structured support and access to area services. There has been an increase in younger families in the community due to the technology firms that have located to Westminster; this lowers the availability of affordable housing for seniors but increases the potential sources for fundraising the senior center can access to continue providing programs and activities to the community. Needs and Problem Statement
Westminster has a population of approximately 88,000, with 60% of the population being over the age of 60 and 50% of the senior residents living in poverty that amounts to 26,400 seniors living in poverty. Some of the problems these residents are dealing with are lack of affordable housing and healthcare. The Continental Senior Center can help provide information on low cost housing and needs a free medical clinic to help provide healthcare to the senior residents of the community. Transportation is another issue that many in the community deal with; the senior center does not have a way to provide transportation to the seniors and their families at this time. Program Planning
The steps to creating a program plan start with the pre-planning which includes evaluative and descriptive research, this involves exploratory research methods to find a cause for the issues the seniors have and why their needs are not being met. The needs assessment will give details about the target population, characteristics of the demographics of the community, how severe the issues are and what is currently being done to resolve the issues. The program plan also includes the abstract which is a summary of the grant proposal that will give a clear and concise understanding of the program. The table of contents provides a clear and easily understandable list of information that allows the readers to find the specific topics they want to read about. Specific aims, the purpose of this section is to show the funding organization that the proposing agency knows what the issues are, and what can be done to improve the issues that are affecting the target population. The literature review will provide an account of the past and present needs of the community as well as professional documentation to support the continuation of the programs along with new programs that need to be developed. When identifying the target population it is important to make the needs of the clients clear and stress why the needs of this particular target group are more deserving of the funding than other groups applying for the same financial assistance. The approaches and methods section lays out the proposed interventions or solutions that are intended to bring about changes in the issues identified in previous sections...
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