The nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County has received a $30,000 award that will help it protect the finances, safety and lives of more local, low-income seniors.

The funds came from the state-funded Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative, a new program operated by Clackamas County. The Senior Council will use the money to pay the court filing fees, attorney fees, court visitor fees and other expenses associated with getting appointed guardian and/or conservator for about 10 new clients.

PHOTO COURTESY WELLS FARGO - Stephanie Barnett-Herro (left) presents a $30,000 check to Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (center) and Managing Director of Programs Louise Marsh.“The Senior Citizens Council is a grassroots community organization that has had a huge impact on senior citizens throughout Clackamas County for many years. This award will enable it to help even more seniors in need,” said Stephanie Barnett-Herro, the older adult systems of Care Coordinator with Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services.

“We guard and protect senior citizens who have no one else to watch out for them. This generous gift will mean we can save more seniors who are being financially and/or physically abused,” said Christi Bird, executive director of the council.

The Senior Citizens Council protects home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County. Many of those served don’t have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and fundraising to support those in need. Visit

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