Helping African American Seniors and Families Live Healthier, Happier and Longer Lives

Helping  African American  Families Live  Healthier,  Happier  and  Longer Lives

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2019 Healthy Living Grant Awardee

June 7, 2019
SET for LIFE is grateful to  City of Hope  for choosing us to be a 2019 Healthy Living grantee! Our initiative,  "Our Bodies A Living Sacrifice." The initiative,  will be a pilot program with the goal of convening local African American church leadership in Monrovia and Duarte, and SET for LIFE healthcare partners to develop a short term strategic plan focusing on specific activities (educational workshops, screenings, etc.) to increase congregants knowledge about healthy living practices, resources and reducing the incidents of preventable chronic diseases and Cancers which result in high mortality rates of African Americans. Thank you City of Hope for your  support throughout the years. 

CPAD Annual Juneteenth Celebration

June 21, 2019
We were proud to be  a vendor during City of Hope/CPAD ( Connecting People of African Decent) for Hope, Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 21, 2019.  The event took place on Pioneer Park West Lawn and featured a marketplace of food, crafts, artist, vendors and music.   Pastor Bourne,  Senior Pastor at Second Baptist Church  met some of City of Hope PhD leaders who support our mission.  Including;  Rick Kittles,  Kimlin Ashing,  Dede Teteh,  Emilee Bargoma, along with Josiah Tapia and Jazma Tapia.  A special thanks to T.Brown for the group photo.

Thank You AARP

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
We are so very grateful to AARP for their donation of computers and laptops. Special thanks to Jim, Terry, and Susan. The 35 computers and  17 laptops will help students enhance their education and teach seniors to connect with family and friends using various on-line applications. This is a new program for and will launch in the Fall.  

2019 Older American of the Year

Friday, April 25, 2019
Long term SET for LIFE Boardmenber, Betty Fisher Thomas received this wonderful honor from the City of Monrovia! Ms. Betty Fisher Thomas does so much to contribute to SET for LIFE, the City of Monrovia and her community and deserves this honor.  SET for LIFE is so very proud as Betty is our second Boardmember in 2019 to receive high honors for her service to the community.  PHOTO: Ariel Tolefree-Williams (SET Boardmember/MAP), Betty Thomas, Lois Gaston, Larry Spicer (Mayor ProTem)

Aging-in-Place and Caregiving Forum

Saturday, April 20, 2019
SET for LIFE is proud to continue our partnership with Happy 50+, a one stop service organization providing resources to the Chinese American Community. Over 350 seniors and dozens or vendors attended this event. 

MAP  Health Screenings Partnership Success

Saturday, April 6, 2019
A special thank you Tzu Chi for providing vital health screenings. The Monrovia Area Partnership for partnered with SET for LIFE during the 10th Annual MAP Conference. The  theme "Not Without You" was appropriate as Tzu Chi provided vital health screenings for several  chronic diseases and cancers, including accupuncture which many people tried for the first time.  Thank you to  Dr. Leanne Burnham at the  City of Hope/CCARE for providing Prostate Screenings and the Brotherhood Laymen's League for their partnership and to Southern California Edison for providing money saving information about Time of Use rate plans.

Congratulations Ariel Tolefree-Williams

Saturday, March 9, 2019
SET for LIFE Board Co-President is honored at Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio 2019 Woman of the Year Awards Event  for Education.  Ariel works for the City of Monrovia at is responsible for many of the outreach efforts targeting seniors and families!  Ariel is also coordinates the Annual MAP conference. Congratulations Ariel!!!

Southern California Edison  Focus Group

Sunday, December 16, 2018
In partnership with Southern California Edison, SET for LIFE gathered a group of older adults to provide input to SCE on how to better inform seniors about various  reduced rate services and other programs available to seniors and low income families. Thank You to  SCE for providing lunch and Emergency Kits to  Second Baptist Church seniors.  For more information contact the numbers below.
Report an outage: 1-800-611-1911
How to keep trees from Power Lines -  https://www.sce.com/safety/power-lines

City of Hope - I Am What I Wear

Sunday, December 2, 2018
SFL spearheaded the connection between City of Hope?Connecting People of African Decent (CPAD) and SBC/United Women's Fellowship Guild to sponsor "I Am What I Wear." SFL Boardmembers and  SBC members came out to learn about current policies regulating the chemicals used in hair care and personal care products targeting the African American consumer.  Thank you; Emilee Bargoma, Jazma Tapia and Dede Teteh and Dr. Kimlin Ashing, MD and Nancy Clifton-Hawkins, Community Benefits Manager.
LEARN. ENGAGE. ACT
The products we use are not all equally regulated. In fact, over 30% of the ingredients used in these products are not listed by the manufacturer under an assertion of proprietary protection. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients have potentially adversarial effects on our health. Below are informative websites that will keep you aware of what goes on your body and how to be a better advocate for yourself:
IMPORTANT WEBSITES TO REMEMBER
Black Women for Wellness Publications  http://www.bwwla.org/publications-library/ 
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners-Science & Policy  https://www.bcpp.org/science-policy/ 
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database  www.ewg.org/skindeep/  
California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database  www.safecosmetics.cdph.ca.gov/search/  
Think Dirty®  www.thinkdirtyapp.com/ 
Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Beauty and Its Breast Report  www.womensvoices.org/  
Silent Spring Institute Detox Me  www.silentspring.org/detoxme/index_en.html

Thank You for Supporting Our Mission

July  15, 2019
During the first six months of the year, SET for LIFE has been generously blessed by so many organizations and corporations. with monetary, in-kind and volunteer support. Please support these organizations that support our efforts to assist African Americans to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
AARP,  Big 5,  CalHMSA,  City of Hope/Healthy Living Grant, City of Hope/CCARE,
CVS, Second Baptist Church,  Southern California Edison,

Walmart Community Grants ( Duarte),  and Walmart Community Grants (Covina)

Healing Benefits of Art Through Self Discovery

Sunday, June 9, 2019
SET for LIFE was pleased to be a recipient of the 2019 California Mental Health Services Authority and the LAC Department of Mental Health grant to engage communities and help contribute to wellbeing. Children ages Pre-K-12th grade were provided a rare opportunity to utilize canvas and paint to express their thoughts and feelings, led by Artist http://aldoniabailey.com/
PHOTOS: https://link.shutterfly.com/e5OH4YC5pX 
Parents  attended  "Recognizing & Tackling  Stress.," led by  Sharon Durall. Parent comments include: "We need more conversations about mental issues, because families don't talk about it." Thanks to the Nursery, Children's  and TIP Ministries and to the many volunteers who came out to help!

When Memory Fades Love Remains

Saturday, June 8, 2019
"When Memories Fade Love Remains, "A Dementia Awareness Conference for Chinese-American, sponsored Southern California Edison, SET for LIFE and others. We continue to work with Happy50+ through SET for LIFE Boardmember Susan Wang,  to develop programs and services targeting  helping  older adults in both cultures.

How Communities Make Food Choices

Healing Through  Art for Older Adults

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Praise and Paint was a huge success! Led by Chosen Vessels Ministry and co-sponsored by SET for LIFE, seniors and families  relaxed  and enjoyed a morning expressing their creativity.  
 Click link to view all photos:  https://qq0u.app.link/e/x1xWaVJAyU
The event was both educational and enjoyable as participants learned about renowned  artist Charles White through a historical slide show. There was song, dance and a delicious lunch. Comments included;  "When are we going to do this again. It was so relaxing."

3rd Annual Delta  Health Symposium

February 9, 2019
Board member and SBC liaison Carrie Walker represented SET for LIFE  during the Foothill Alumnae  Delta Sigma Theta Chapter 3rd Annual Health Symposium. The event was held at Second Baptist Church and featured various health topics for the entire family. 

Monrovia High  Robotics Champions

Saturday, February 9, 2019
 Congratulations to Monrovia High School for winning first place! Board member, Betty Thomas  is also also a volunteer with C.E.R.T and served at the first aid station during the Los Angeles County Robotics  Competition at Monrovia High School. 

Happy 50+  Cultural Exchange

Monday, December 3, 2018
Happy 50+  volunteer and SET for LIFE Board members, Susan Wang coordinated efforts for an amazing cultural exchange.  Over 500 individuals were in attendance. Second Baptist Church First Lady, Betty Dillard, along with Voice of Unity Soloist Mrs. Carrie Walker and Pianist Ms. Delores Sanders were the grand finale performers during this annual event.  Over 200 men, women and children came from China to participate in this exchange of cultural talents.  

Second Baptist Church Thanksgiving  Outreach

Tuesday, November 22, 2018
SET for LIFE is proud to play a part in helping Mission of Mercy (MOM)  and the Pantry during their annual Thanksgiving outreach  SFL was able to connect MOM with Latinos 4 Hope. Latinos 4 Hope provided 15 food basket to MOM for distribution to those in need.  SBC members, along  other partners donate turkeys, eggs, butter along with non-perishable items.  Volunteers served visitors a hot meal with compassion and love.  

City of Hope - Latinos 4 Hope

Friday, November 16, 2018
SET for LIFE is grateful for  our 14 year partnership  with City of Hope in providing resources to educate and train our community and well as provide help to those in need. A special Thank You to Latinos for Hope (City of Hope Kindness Grant Recipients) for providing 15 gift baskets/gift cards and loads of non-perishable food items for the 2018 Mission of Mercy Thanksgiving Food Drive. Over 100 baskets were packed on Friday, November 16th and distributed to City of Hope patients and the community. Several SET for LIFE and Second Baptist Church members were there to help pack baskets.