by Cheryn Weiser, ISR Executive Director
2022 marks Island Senior Resources’ 50 years of service to Whidbey and Camano Islands. Over these 50 years, Island Senior Resources has adapted and changed to meet the needs of seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. As ISR plans for another 50 years of service, we are intent upon:
- Striving for excellence in the services that we provide to our Island communities
- Continuous quality improvement with effectiveness and efficiency as hallmarks of our business model
- Engaging and listening to our islanders, donors, and clients to learn and lean into ways in which we can better serve our communities
- Working with community-based organizations and funding sources to help assure well-coordinated services and optimize opportunities for increased collaboration.
This year, we have consolidated office spaces with hubs for services in Bayview, Oak Harbor, and Camano. We have retained staffing capacity for Meals on Wheels and Aging & Disability Resources initiated by the pandemic. We are implementing a centralized database system that will allow us to serve our clients better and provide granular data about our services while increasing efficiencies for staff and volunteers.
As hard as the pandemic has been and continues to challenge all of us, Island Senior Resources has used this time to innovate and energize its online and phone capacity to make sure services are accessible to all of our Island residents as well as family or friends from afar who are concerned about loved ones living in Island County.
We all live in the hope that the current COVID surge will usher in a more relaxed time as spring approaches, prompting a collective exhale after these last two incredible years.