Looking Out for Portland's Seniors
Loretta has fought for years to get funding to help low-income seniors get supportive services every day of the week. Loretta has been a leader in public education efforts to warn seniors about the dangers of opioid addiction. When she realized that Meals on Wheels doesn’t provide services on the weekends and that there wasn’t the funding to make this a 7-day-a-week service, she stepped up. At least once a quarter Loretta and her staff go to a local senior center to provide a free pancake breakfast to Portland’s seniors. And when Loretta recognized that some seniors of color were not receiving meals reflective of their dietary preferences, she worked to expand Meals on Wheels to include culturally specific services.