History of SET for LIFE

The vision to help seniors in the community was first conceived in the fall of 2004 by Wm. LaRue Dillard, PhD. Bishop of Second Baptist Church, Inc., Monrovia, Ca. During that time, several seniors within the parish became prey to predatory lending practices. To address this issue, Bishop Dillard wanted to create a program which would educate seniors within the parish and the community on how to avoid being victims of scams. Within the year, SET FOR LIFE (Senior Education and Training for Living Informed Futures Everyday) was born

The mission - Through partnership building with our local community, provide seniors 50+ with practical skills, education and training to succeed in today's ever changing society.

SET for LIFE began reaching out to the community to form local and regional partnerships that would provide expertise in the area of finances and other issues relevant to the Monrovia/Duarte and surrounding communities.

In September, 2005, SET for LIFE held its 1st. Annual Expo focusing on "Financial Literacy" for seniors. Our partners include; E-Trade, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, FDIC, LA County for the Aging, Huntington Hospital, Arcadia Hospital, Elizabeth Cancer Detection Center, Santa Anita Family Services, Southern California Edison, AARP, Arcadia, Duarte and Monrovia Senior Centers. Also in attendance to show their support were the Mayors and Council Members of Monrovia and Duarte along with Assembly Member Anthony Portantino.

In 2006 SET for LIFE was honored by the Black Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 by the City of Duarte for its outreach to the community. In order to continue with the mission, the organization had to apply to the government for a nonprofit status. SET for LIFE became an independent federally approved nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation in February, 2007.

In 2007 in addition to the annual Expo, SET for LIFE began offering additional quarterly educational and training workshops. These were also FREE to seniors and their families. Some of these worskhops included; 1) "Disaster Awareness" where Southern Cal Edison, American Red Cross, the Gas Company and the Fire Department offered information on what to do in case of a natural disaster or act of terrorism. 2) "Living Wills & Trust" along with "Pre-need Preparation" was provided by Woods Valentine Mortuary and a local attorney. 3) SET for LIFE encouraged the community to get involved in "Recycling". 4) SET for LIFE hosted "Fear Not the Technology World" a six-week course for beginning computer classes for seniors. 5) SET for LIFE provided a good old fashioned "Sewing Bee" where seniors learned how to make purses from recyclable materials. 6) In partnership with the City of Hope, SET for LIFE hosted a blood drive to inform the community of the need for blood and platelet donations.

In 2008 and 2009, SET continued to build its partnerships and continued hosting the annual Expo.But, because of a reduction in grants as a result of the economy, during the past two years the Board has had to make a decision to cut back on several projects.

In 2010 we came back strong and held its 6th annual Expo - "A Salute to Caregivers". Ten selected caregivers received the "Caregivers Award" for dedicated service rendered. It was to be a one-time thing, but because of the numerous applications for outstanding caregivers, the Board decided to make this prestigious award an annual event. In the latter part of 2010, still without any major grant funding and in preparation for the 2011 Expo, the Board decided to get proactive and take advantage of "Zumba Fitness."

In 2011, SET for LIFE hosted three Zumba Fitness fundraising events that would not only bring everyone together to get healthy and fit, but also raise funds for the 2011 SET for LIFE Expo. "Zumba Fitness" has also introduced and provided opportunities for seniors and families to have fun TOGETHER!!!!

In the beginning of 2012, SET for LIFE in partnership with City of Hope, was provided a grant from the California Dialogue on Cancer to African-American and Latino adults about the benefits of Colorectal Cancer screenings. Four seperate workshops and Zumba Fitness classes were conducted, as well as a CME workshops to educated physicians about Colorectal Cancer in these ethnic groups. We are looking forward to the 8th Annual Living Healthy for LIFE Expo 50+ on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

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