About Us

Key Peninsula Community Services

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 Welcome to Key Peninsula Community Services (KPCS) Food Bank and Senior Center. We hope you enjoy your time with us! To help you understand our mission, programs and core values we have created this brief description and outline. We are thankful that you want to be a part of our organization and hope your experience is positive and enriching.

KPCS began in 1982 as a food bank at the Vaughn Civic Center. After moving to Lakebay in 1989, (the old Lakebay School house) it added a Senior Center program. Currently these two programs are at the heart of what we do in this community. Our mission is to Provide basic food needs and senior center services to Key Peninsula residents. Providing certain emergency services, information, referral, education and resources to our clients with respect and compassion.

FOOD BANK PROGRAMS

Our Food Bank program has two service elements. The first is our "Bread Closet Program". This program is a supplemental food program. We consider it supplemental because it does not provide all the products/food available to clients that our "Food Basket Program" provides. People wishing to use/access the Bread Closet can do so four days a week. There are no income guidelines or restrictions. Available products include, bread, deserts, fruits & vegetables, dairy & deli items. We ask that people sign in and give us the number of people in their household.

Our Food Basket Program provides a 3 day emergency supply of food once a month that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for everyone in the household. We have surveyed our clients and found that often times the food supply lasts much longer than 3 days. This basket includes; meats, cereal, dairy, canned beans-fruit-vegetables, boxed foods, tuna, and pasta. Extra items are added to enhance their ability to create different types of meals. Coffee, oil, cake mix, and seasonings are some of the items clients can request when available. Dog and Cat food along with hygiene and cleaning supplies are also available upon request as available.

We partner with outside agencies to provided services to all our clients and community members. The Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) comes to our site on a quarterly basis in a mobile van to provide social services to qualifying families and individuals. Pasado's Safe Haven Spay & Neuter van comes monthly to provide free or low cost services to people in need of getting their pets spayed or neutered. Peninsula Light co. "Project Help" is run through our non-profit to provide emergency electrical bill support to people in the Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula areas. Coordination with a variety of community organizations provides several Food Drive opportunities. In partnership with Albertsons, we have these organization and individuals collect donations throughout the year. The busiest times of the year are November and December. Catholic Community Services are here every two months to provide foot care to seniors. The Mustard Seed Project provides some seniors transportation to our meal site.

SENIOR CENTER SERVICES

A wide spectrum of activities with specific goals makes up our Senior Center programs. Ideally KPCS strives to provide healthy aging options through several different kinds of activities and partnerships.

• The congregate meal program on Wednesdays & Fridays provides nutritional support that lowers the risk of seniors being susceptible to poor nutrition habits, illness, falls, and adds to social opportunities.

• Senior Foot Care is a program through Catholic Community Services. Seniors come every other month to get their toe nails clipped and enjoy a foot soak. This program is very important in keeping seniors mobile. Without proper foot care many aging adults would lose their ability to effectively walk. This in turn could cause them to be home bound much earlier in life.

• We have many different speakers that come to provide a wide range of topics, some of these include; Legislative updates, Health Directives, Global Warming, Nutrition topics, Safety at Home, and Drug interactions.

• S.A.I.L Stay Active and Independent for Life- Is an exercise class for seniors specifically designed for fall prevention. This class meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

• Field Trips are a great way to enjoy a day or evening out without having to drive. These social opportunities help prevent isolation and encourage social interactions.

• Seniors are encouraged to use their Senior Center as a gathering place for activities. Bingo, computer classes, board & card games after lunch and Tai Chi happen on a regular basis. There are other activities offered that are not necessary happening each week at the Senior Center, i.e. Self Defense Classes, cooking classes, etc.

• Senior Shopping days are the First and third Tuesday of the month. Seniors are encouraged to use this service as a way to get errands done like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. They also often enjoy a lunch out together.

The Senior Center is a safe nurturing place for seniors to get resources and assistance for a variety of needs. This may include shower and walker devices, application assistance for; Medicaid, House modifications, food EBT cards, assisted living options. Seniors may also request help with energy and food. KPCS staff helps with balancing checkbooks, ideas for ensuring that medications are being taken at correct times and check on seniors when they suddenly stop coming to the Center. The safety and wellbeing of our senior population is our primary goal. If at any time you see a senior that has fallen or appears to be sick, notify staff and call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to move this person unless they are in danger where they are.

Building & Parking Lot Use

Our KPCS building is used by outside organizations.

• AA meets three days a week, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

• Local Churches provide a 3:00 PM Sunday Community Meal every Sunday from September through May. There is no cost for this program.

• Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM hosts a Bible Study group.

• DSHS visits quarterly to assist clients in enrollment of WA. State services.

• Pasado Spay & Neuter comes every month for free or low cost Spay & Neutering of dogs and cats.

Fundraising

Three major fund-raisers are conducted each year

• Our Golf Tournament, 4th Saturday in June @ Horseshoe Lake Golf Course.

• Key Peninsula Logging Show & Festival, 3rd Saturday in August @ Gateway Park, Wauna, WA.

• Pledge Drive Letter –sent out annually in the fall.

I hope that this outline helps you understand our organization a little better. We are looking forward to working with you!

If you have any questions please let me know.

Penny Gazabat

Executive Director