Our S7elálexw (old people) have always been the holders of wisdom and teachers of the generations to come. They are our most valuable resource. Our program works hard to help them continue sharing their gifts.
Updated Elders Program Interim Procedure
COVID Pandemic Elders Food Delivery Program
Effective November 1, 2022, Samish Indian Nation is no longer in a State of Emergency from the COVID pandemic. Since April 2020, the Elders Department has purchased groceries and cleaning supplies, including frozen meal program options for the elders.
The purpose of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program is to make community-based nutrition services available to:
- Reduce hunger and food insecurity
- Promote socialization
- Promote health and well-being
- Delay adverse health conditions
The intent is to make community-based nutrition services available to older adults at risk of losing their independence and ability to remain in the community.
To comply with the OAA Nutrition Program purpose, the Elders Department will transition to opening the Elders Center at Summit Park for congregate meals. However, this date has yet to be determined. Meeting in person will be gradual based on the current COVID infection rates and each elder's comfort level.
On December 31, 2022, the Elders Department groceries and cleaning supplies program will pause. The frozen meal program or Meals on Wheels will be offered to elders who need adequate nutrition or are frail or shut in.
Virtual Elders Gatherings and Bingo Fun!
Samish Elders are invited to our Virtual Elders Gatherings. We meet online every quarter for good conversations, activities, games, and prizes. In between our quarterly gatherings, we meet online for an hour of Bingo Fun! The events are posted on the events calendar (click here), or you may contact Allison for details and to RSVP. We hope to see you there!
Caregiver Resources Available
Samish Caregivers Program coordinates with the Samish Social Services Department to provide services to support the Caregivers' needs. The program includes community information assistance, respite care, training, and supplemental services for unpaid caregivers of an elder or young child where the caregiver or the elder/child is American Indian or Alaskan Native within Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties. Caregivers and those they are caring for are welcome to participate in all Elder Program activities. Please contact Allison for more information.
We are updating our veteran's list and would like to know if you are a military veteran. Please provide your name, branch of the military, and years served. Also, include your mailing address, phone, and email. We want to thank you for your service by gifting you a Samish Indian Nation veteran's vest. Please send your information to Allison.
Recipes Needed for our Elders Cookbook
We are putting together an Elders recipe cookbook. The publication will feature traditional native food recipes, along with favorite family recipes. Please send your recipe(s) to Allison or mail: Samish Indian Nation, PO Box 217, Anacortes, WA 98221. We will gladly accept one or more recipes per household.