The mission of Southeast Senior Services
is to "promote the health, independence and quality of life of seniors in
Southeast Alaska through the delivery of
quality services and the development of community resources." In 1974, Southeast Senior Services was
organized under the sponsorship of Catholic Community Service, a non-profit
corporation dedicated to the delivery of quality human services. When Southeast Senior Services began that
year as Southeast Nutrition Program for the Elderly, it opened senior centers in
Angoon, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
Between 1974 and 1983, SESS developed the four centers into a network of
fourteen senior centers throughout Southeast
Alaska. These centers offer
congregate and home-delivered meals and transportation, along with various
support services for seniors in these communities.
Senior Services is proud of how its service delivery system recognizes the vast
diversity of Southeast Alaska. Employing a regional model of service
delivery, we have senior centers serving 14 geographically diverse communities,
serving entire populations of seniors with congregate and home-delivered meals
and local transportation. These local
senior centers are made possible by partnerships between the local tribal
organization and Southeast Senior Services and are run by local senior center
managers, most of whom are Alaska Native.