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For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Senior Life Foundation to close

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the Board of Directors has announced that the all-volunteer Senior Life Foundation is projected to close this year. This has been an incredibly difficult decision, particularly because 2014 was the best in our 15-year history. It will be business as usual until all funds have been expended for their intended purpose. Low-income seniors with urgent needs are encouraged to call our Emergency Help Line at 904-268-9128.

“Why?” is a hard question because SLF has an outstanding team of donors and partners, a full complement of programs designed to meet the urgent needs of low-income seniors, and because the need for our services still exists in Duval County. The answer is simply that many of our volunteers are aging and now facing serious health issues and other challenges of their own. The work of the Senior Life Foundation requires an extraordinary volunteer commitment and those resources are scarce.

Who would have thought that a small group of retired people kicking ideas around 15 years ago would create what has become the Senior Life Foundation, a premium provider of help to the elderly. For the most part, we were professionals who had enjoyed long and successful careers. We were motivated only by our genuine concern for our fellow human beings in need and dedicated days, nights and weekends to find ways to help those who could no longer help themselves.

I am filled with pride as I look back over the accomplishments of the past 15 years. Since 2000, the Senior Life Foundation has provided direct assistance to more than 5,000 low-income seniors with urgent needs and paid out over $1,000,000. Our first donation was $500; last year’s donations totaled $218,732. Our first program was the Emergency Help Line, which was soon followed by the Annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon, which has served thousands of seniors a holiday meal.

Over the past five years, our programs have multiplied to include Savings Our Seniors Energy, Angels of Mercy Spreading Comfort (distribution of fans and heaters), Bringing the Gift of Music to Duval County Senior Centers, Clear Sight for Seniors, Clean Houses for Seniors and AfterCare for Seniors.

The Board and I thank our incredible donors, partners and friends. We could not have come this far without you, and it is with great sadness that we say farewell. We hope that you will continue make low-income seniors your passion and purpose. These seniors are proud, decent, good people who deserve to have their dignity and independence, but who are no longer able to help themselves.

The Senior Life Foundation has had an extraordinary season and purpose under heaven, for which we are extremely grateful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or 904-268-6649, Mary Grimm, Senior Vice President of Development, at or 904-834-3661, or Janet Fortney, Director of Operations, at or 904-551-9340.

~Mari Terbrueggen, President & CEO

Please consider how YOU can help those in need. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact:
Mari Terbrueggen, President
The Senior Life Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 57443
Jacksonville, Florida 32241

*A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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