Open Arms 101
Your generous donation helps us to provide much-needed basic need items as well as food for the #AdvanceFolk (elderly) who are struggling to make ends meet and sacrificing food to pay for medicine. The Covid-19 Pandemic has also taken a toll on their daily lives. Please consider making a one-time or monthly secure donation today!
We accept client referrals from nonprofit organizations in Chicago, South Suburban Cook County, and other nearby Illinois counties for those #AdvanceFolk (seniors) in need of basic need items through our #AdvanceFolk Care Package Program. If you are an #AdvanceFolk (senior) in need, click the button below to begin the referral process.
About The Aging Population
In many communities, there are senior citizens who are living below the poverty line. We have all heard stories of the elderly having to make decisions about whether to pay for necessities or purchase much-needed medication. There have even been stories of seniors eating cat food because that was the only food they could afford.
Statistics show that members of the senior population reporting income in 2017 (49.3 million), 13% reported less than $10,000 and 49% reported $25,000 or more. In 2017, 4,681,000 people age 65 and over (9.2%) were below the poverty level. Another 2.5 million or 4.9% of older adults were classified as "near-poor" (income between the poverty level and 125% of this level). In 2017, 2.7 million older Whites (alone, not Hispanic) (7.0%) were poor, compared to 19.3% of older African Americans (alone), 10.8% of older Asians (alone), and 17.0% of older Hispanics (any race). (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.)
Our outreach programs strive to meet the diverse needs of the aging population by providing case management support services, personal care services, nutritious food, and personal care items. We conduct giveaways quarterly for the aging population living in senior buildings and facilities.
Photos From Our Recent Giveaways
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Purchase T-Shirts, Mugs, PJ's for Him and Her, Key Chains, Tote Bags and Much More. Each purchase helps to support our programs for the #advancefolk.