Donation to help Presbyterian Night Shelter campus kitchen operations
Sixty and Better, Inc. announced today that it has donated commercial kitchen equipment to Presbyterian Night Shelter, the largest provider of services to Tarrant County residents who are experiencing homelessness. The donated equipment was originally valued at $155,000 and includes major appliances such as a 20-quart mixer, four 60-gallon cooking kettles (pictured), four double-stacked ovens, and more. Formerly Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Sixty and Better has provided a place for older adults to have fun, be well, and stay connected since 1967.
“We are very pleased to support the mission of Presbyterian Night Shelter through this donation, and hope that it will enhance their work of supporting homeless older adults with both shelter and meals, especially our older veterans,” said Sixty and Better Interim Executive Director Jerome H. Mosman. “Due the pandemic and the closures of older adult centers, Sixty and Better has moved away from the meal program and closed our commercial kitchen. We wish to thank our funders who originally provided for this equipment; it is in their giving spirit that we pay it forward to Presbyterian Night Shelter.”
“The donation of kitchen equipment from Sixty and Better is a huge blessing,” shared Presbyterian Night Shelter CEO Toby Owen. “We were actually in the process of upgrading our kitchen equipment on campus and the items sent over will be put right to use!” Serving over 500,000 meals in 2019, Presbyterian Night Shelter’s food services team works around the clock, all year long to provide meals to the men, women, and children seeking shelter and a new beginning.
With no end of social distancing or group-restriction orders in sight, Sixty and Better made the difficult decision to discontinue its meal program in September, which provided those age 60+ with a place to socialize and enjoy a nutritious meal in a group setting at neighborhood activity centers. In FY 2019, Sixty and Better served 202,286 meals to older adults at 23 activity center sites across Tarrant County, with an average of 870 meals served daily.
Sixty and Better offers a range of programs that enable the young at heart to live life to the fullest, and participants report significant increases in activity levels, healthy habits, and social connections with others. This fall, Sixty and Better has focused on reducing senior isolation through Companion Calls checking up on older adults at home, and promoting healthy aging through wellness programs online and over the phone.
Click here to read the news release announcing this donation.