The staff at Oakmont of Santa Clarita are connecting their senior residents with different nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley community every month in 2017.

While Oakmont is continuing its regular excursions and outings for residents, a re-vamped activity program is engaging residents with the community and helping give them a sense of purpose, according to Executive Director Margie Veis.

“One of the areas that we’re focusing on is connecting, not only to each other but to the community,” she said. “So every month we’re going to pick a nonprofit in Santa Clarita and our residents are going to volunteer and be able to give back.”

For the month of February, Oakmont’s residents have come together to make blankets for children in need, which will then be donated to Family Promise of SCV for distribution.

“So our residents have taken the time, they’ve socialized while they’ve made them and then they’re going to be able to present to a nonprofit something that will benefit them,” Veis said.

Ideas for future months include focusing on helping animals, children and other seniors, Veis added.

“This is a great way for residents to have purpose, for residents to be connected to each other and to be giving back,” Veis said. “We’re not just writing people off that you’re old and you need to be taken care of — that’s not true. Residents need to be taking care of somebody else as well.”

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