Seattle’s demographics continue to evolve, and one of those changes is an increased population of African-born community members. Many reside in south Seattle, but the north end is also seeing big changes. Now Seattle Parks and Recreation has joined with Sound Generations, the Hunger Intervention Program (HIP), and Horn of Africa Services to offer the first meal and fitness program to serve the growing community of East African elders in north Seattle.
The program is a unique combination of place, people and services that brings an array of assistance to underserved populations. Sound Generations, a King County non-profit that provides services for older adults, their families and caregivers, supports people on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services. HIP will prepare and serve nutritious food that meets the unique cultural needs of the East African population, and Horn of Africa will provide multi-lingual and multicultural social work services onsite to help people connect with other services.
“We are dedicated to supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” says Christopher Williams, Interim Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. “This new program helps us achieve all three of these goals by offering a culturally relevant gathering space for older adults to share a healthy meal and take part in associated recreational opportunities.”
This program launched on Tuesday, August 28th, and will be at the Northgate Community Center every Tuesday from 11 am to 2 pm with the meal service at noon. To find out more, visit the HIP blog.