After-school program helps LifeSTEPS residents beat the summer learning slide

Our Big Fun in the Sun after-school program is helping LifeSTEPS residents beat the summer learning slide! Check out Villa Serena’s literacy station, created by Program Coordinator Sylvia, which features our summer books and an art gallery displaying our students’ art work. “Our summer reading curriculum focuses on diversity and inclusion, and our young learners love the crafts, games and educational activities built around each book,” said Sylvia.

Meredith Chillemi joins California Health Advocates’ Board of Directors

LifeSTEPS is pleased to announced that Meredith Chillemi will join the California Health Advocates’ Board of Directors beginning this July.

“This is a transformational time in healthcare as we transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with board members on Medicare advocacy and education, as we ensure our older adults in California and younger residents on Medicare with a disability are informed and empowered in understanding, navigating and accessing their health care benefits and rights,” said Chillemi.


Growing Together

Check out the new community gardens at Monterey Pines and Cypress Pines, two affordable housing communities located in Richmond, CA. Spearheaded by Director of Social Services Alliayiah Smith, LifeSTEPS residents pitched in to help prepare the gardens, planting squash, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, peas and pumpkins.

“Creating and caring for these gardens has been an incredible experience. Residents of all ages have come together to grow their own food and they’re so excited to see the fruits of their labor,” said Alliayiah.


Meredith Chillemi serving on Orange County Office on Aging Steering Committee

Meredith Chillemi is serving on a new 15-member advisory steering committee, in partnership with the Orange County Office on Aging (OoA) and Charitable Ventures Orange County, to support the re-engagement of older adults in a post-COVID world.

As senior centers throughout Orange County begin to re-open and other programs return to pre-pandemic offerings, education and outreach efforts directed at older adults is critical. These efforts will need to address older adults’ hesitation, fear, mental and physical decline, and the long-term consequences of isolation. Similarly, organizations that serve older adults will need the tools and resources to ensure health and safety for staff, volunteers, and clients.

“In this role, I am pleased to collaborate with fellow aging services providers so that older adults may emerge from the last year, learn what they can do to energize their lives and get ready to thrive as part of the Orange County community again,” said Meredith.