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Doelger Center Wins National Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7 , 2003
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John C. Martin, City Manager, City of Daly City
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Sue Horst, Supervisor, Daly City Senior Services (650) 991-8014
Ouida Williams,
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
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Jeannene Minnix-Rubino,
Exec. Director, Daly City – Colma Chamber of Commerce
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DOELGER CENTER WINS NATIONAL AWARD


Daly City – Daly City – The Doelger Senior Center’s Adult Community Connecting Education, Service and Support (ACCESS) program won the 2003 Service to Seniors award, presented by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a Washington-based senior advocacy group.

“ACCESS is based on the premise that civic and cultural pride, and prevention based on nutrition, fitness and social interaction, will make a well community,” noted Daly City resident Maureen F. Martin, the national committee’s local representative who nominated the two-year-old city program.

Sue Horst, senior services supervisor, agreed. “Our program reaches out to those who are most isolated from the community, and those at-risk of needing long-term care,” she elaborated.

“To receive this national recognition is a tremendous feat. It reflects well on the innovative programs we have and the dedicated people on board serving our elderly,” reiterated City Manager John C. Martin.

Horst, who attended the awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. last May, was equally appreciative of the recognition, which is a part of the National Committee’s annual Salute to Leaders in Aging program.

ACCESS’ collaborative partners include the County of San Mateo, City of Daly City, California Health Initiative, YMCA, the California Nutrition Network, Self-Help for the Elderly, and the Supporters of Doelger Senior Center Inc., along with other community-based organizations for seniors and the disabled.

CYPRESS AWARD WINNER. For its work in lifelong learning and developing innovative programs, ACCESS is also the recipient of the Cypress Special Project Award. The Daly City – Colma Chamber of Commerce made the announcement at its annual installation dinner in June.