United Way grants $140K to SEACUS for senior services

From left, Amanda Patterson and Denise Benton, with United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties, presents a check for $140,000 to Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services for senior services. Accepting the grant are, back, SEACUS board members Eva Harper, Steve Oller and Mike Andazola; front, SEACUS Executive Director Stephanie Nabor and Carla Dykes Clark, head of Senior Nutrition. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Denise Benton and Amanda Patterson with the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties made the trip to the Graham County Senior Center on Wednesday, to announce the approval of Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services’ grant request and deliver a check in the of $140,000.

“This money is going to be used to continue serving the Meals on Wheels we’re currently serving, in-home services and also improve our staff retention,” said SEACUS Executive Director Stephanie Nabor.

She added that SEACUS is currently at capacity in the number of Greenlee County residents it can serve due to staffing constraints, and the goal is to hire additional staff to expand services in both counties.

SEACUS provides services to seniors and their families, including the Meals on Wheels Program, which sees daily delivery of a freshly-made healthy meal each weekday to homebound seniors; operation of the Senior Centers in Safford and Clifton; housekeeping and personal care for seniors dealing with ambulatory issues; and respite care for seniors’ families.

“We’re delighted to partner with you. You do amazing things and we’re just glad to be a part of what you do,” said Denise Benton, executive director for United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties. “Thanks to our donors — Freeport, from the Foundation, the City of Safford — we can’t do what we do without all of our donors, so we thank them.”