May 13, 2020. FAYETTEVILLE, GA. Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, made a generous donation of food to Calvary Refuge Center this past week. Since FSS has been closed since March 16th due to the pandemic, their café has also been closed, thus leaving frozen food and shelf stables unused for months. FSS wanted to find a way to give back and support local organizations in a way that so many have done for them. Iris Harris, FSS Care Manager, began looking for places in need of food supplies and landed on Calvary Refuge Center located in Forest Park, a place where she has referred some in need of emergency temporary shelter to in the past. When Iris reached out to make the connection and see if they had a need for a food donation, Calvary’s Executive Director Tawana Tarno was ecstatic. “We are so thankful for all the food FSS was able to donate. We currently feed between 45-50 men, women, and children three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We will be able to provide nutritious meals for those in need with the food FSS has donated,” Tarno expressed. Calvary Refuge usually depends on the generosity of churches who volunteer to help provide, cook, and serve evening meals. However, due to the Covid19 restrictions and safety measures in place, they have not allowed visitors to come in or out of their shelter, leaving their staff to prepare all three meals per day. The food donated by Fayette Senior Services will have a major impact to help Calvary meet the nutritional needs of the homeless clients who seek shelter there. This shelter is available for a twenty-one night emergency shelter stay and can transition into a four month short term housing option, providing meals, support, and guidance along the way. “We know that like FSS, Calvary depends heavily on volunteers and interns from local colleges. This crisis, I know, has impacted their numbers in addition to the way they usually operate. Being able to donate food that was being unused at Fayette Senior Services and show support for other local nonprofits was an easy decision to make. We are thankful we could pay it forward like so many have done for us,” shared Harris.
For over four decades, FSS has been making a meaningful difference in the social, emotional, and physical well-being of adults age 50 and better in our community. FSS provides a variety of essential services to the community, including Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Care Management, In-Home Personal Care, Home Repair, and Ani-Meals. FSS’ Life Enrichment center offers a range of social, leisure, travel and fitness activities in both Fayetteville and Peachtree City and also hosts the award-winning Ultimate Café. For more information about Fayette Senior Services, visit www.fayss.org or call 770-461-0813.