|Hoodland Senior Center named Super Heart Hero posted on 07/02/2018|
Ella Vogel, director of the Hoodland Senior Center, accepted
an award for the center’s efforts to assist isolated seniors at the May 24
Clackamas County Board of County Commissioner’s Business Meeting.
Each May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Clackamas
County. For the past three years the Clackamas Behavioral Health Division
(CBHD) has recognized local individuals and organizations with Super Heart Hero
awards for their contributions toward promoting good mental health in the
This year’s awareness month focused on older adults and
issues of loneliness that result in greater mental and physical health
Vogel accepted the Super Heart Partner Award, which
recognizes organizations that implement innovative behavioral health programs
that positively affect the emotional well-being of the community.
“Something important for people to realize is that it’s not
just professionals, we need our community working with people to reduce the
stigma of mental health challenges,” said Nina Danielsen, CBHD health promotion
Danielsen described the center’s efforts to combat
loneliness and isolation in the senior population. “They have done remarkable
work out there,” she added.
During her presentation at the commissioner’s meeting, CBHD
Director Mary Rumbaugh defined loneliness as “that feeling of being alone that
makes you feel sad or isolated,” and described it as “a powerful indicator of
mental and physical health issues.”
According to CBHD data from 2015 to 2017 people 55 and older
account for 33 percent of all suicides in Clackamas County.
The center helps seniors in the Hoodland area by providing
access to the Clackamas County Meals on Wheels program, assistance with rides
to doctor’s appointments and other activities, aid with clothing and shelter
and by providing both a place to socialize as well as a link to the community.
“We’re helping people in need who don’t have any other
outlet,” said the senior center’s assistant to the director Leita Bibler. She
listed a variety of issues older people without family, friends or a means of
self-transportation encounter. “Sometimes it’s just knowing the right
Bibler added that the senior center is a nonprofit
organization that provides its’ community outreach through volunteers.
During the ceremony Rumbaugh presented the Super Heart Hero
award to Vogel and praised the center, saying “They love their jobs because
they love the community they serve. They are the unsung heroes.”
After all the awards were presented commissioner’s board
Chair Jim Bernard expressed gratitude to all recipients on behalf of the board.
“It’s a big county and a lot of people need help and service. We could never do
it without folks like you.”
Hoodland Senior Center is located at 65000 Hwy. 26 in
Welches and can be reached by phone at 503-622-3331 and on the internet at