Project Scout 2017 accomplishments

With the 2016-17 tax season over, Project Scout has once again proven itself an invaluable program to low-income individuals, seniors and the disabled who need free tax assistance.

This past year Project Scout has helped Santa Cruz County residents by completing over 1900 tax returns and generating more than 1.9 million dollars. This includes returns with federal earned income credits totaling $491,770 and CA earned income credits worth $15,026.

Many thanks to all the volunteers and partners that make this happen!

Elder Abuse

I am sad to report that earlier this week our office was informed that one of our longtime subscribers was a victim of elder abuse. She was taken advantage of by her trusted caregiver of ten years. This is a serious matter and everyone at Companion for Life is heartbroken over the event.

If you suspect any suspicious action toward an elderly acquaintance or friend do NOT hesitate to report it. You may report elder abuse with Adult Protective Services at (866) 580-HELP (4357) or (831) 454-4101 or call 911.

Companion for Life 2017 Presentations

Earlier this month, Companion For Life made presentations at two local independent living facilities for older adults. The first was at Arbor Cove in Santa Cruz and the other was at Via Pacifica Gardens in Aptos. It was a pleasure meeting good people and talking about how our nonprofit program benefits low income seniors and how the Philips Lifeline service helps maintain independence in one's own home.

If you are interested in having a Companion for Life/Philips Lifeline representative do a presentation at your facility, please call our office at (831) 688-9217 and schedule an appointment.

Thank you.

Gus Ceballos
Companion for Life/Lifeline
Program Director