2019 was another amazing year for St. Paul’s as we prepared to enter our 60th year with reflections of the past, and planning for the future. Our plans included increasing capacity to serve through PACE by renovating the downtown center and opening a new site in Encinitas, and we remodeled St. Paul’s Villa in Bankers Hill, added a new emergency generator for our John A. McColl Family Health Center and remodeled with new heating and cooling systems for the PACE Reasner Center. These projects were funded through Philanthropy and will allow us to serve more seniors in an enhanced environment.
Among our many Community benefit opportunities outlined in this report, has been an educational series to help us all prepare for the aging experience. In 2019 St. Paul’s took on the task of educating San Diegans on how to navigate the aging
journey by providing educational seminars covering topics such as “Seeking the right care options” to “Financial planning”; “Insurance coverage”; and so much more using a Planning Guide prepared by staff. Over 200 family members and seniors attended the seminars and rated the program at 98% for educational satisfaction.
Workforce issues are paramount as we continue to grow and serve. Serving on the Leading Age Workforce Summit, and speaking on the topic internationally, St. Paul’s has complimented these efforts by establishing a networking group called “Young Professionals Serving Seniors (YPSS)”. With almost 100 members in less than a year, YPSS provides education and support to those under forty who work in the senior industry or are seeking a career in senior care. We have already seen an increase in young adults applying for positions at St. Paul’s due to the efforts of YPSS.
2020 represents our 60th year of operation in San Diego. With this major “Diamond” anniversary before us, 2019 was a critical year for looking at the future of the senior care industry and how St. Paul’s can best provide for this increasing market. Our Vision 60 plan for the future of St. Paul’s has been approved by the Board of Directors and presented to employees and residents. This comprehensive plan addresses the need for more senior housing in San Diego and prepares to meet the future with additional care and services for seniors with varying levels of financial means, and personal health.
Much of our planning would not have happened without the constant support of our Board of Directors and Executive Team, staff, volunteers, and the generosity of our supporters. As we move into our Diamond year, we hope you will continue to support us as we boldly grow to serve more of our senior populations.
I thank you all and wish you a very blessed 2020.