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An out-reach programme to service indigent elders of every locality in Mumbai. Javed Ahmad, IG, Govt of Maharashtra inaugurated on Wednesday ,April 12, 2007, 4 p.m.
With a view to reach out to poorer elderly in Mumbai Dignity Foundation launched this project in collaboration with the Lions Club of Bombay South. They sponsored the BUS and gave monthly maintenance charges for three years. The project is now running on its own steam. The idea of offering all the services of the Foundation to localities where senior citizens live was put up to the Lions Club of Bombay Host, who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their club in Feb 2006. Funds to a tune of Rs.25 lakhs were collected and with this a bus has been donated.
A Counsellor and an Information Desk Officer travel in the bus every working day offering services such as: Companionship - for lonely senior citizens ; HELPLINE - a social support system for Elder Abuse; Security with Dignity - network of protection to Elders who live alone; Senior Citizens Counselling Centre for advice in Financial, consumer, tax, legal, property matters; issuance of forms for Senior citizens ID card; offer of Loneliness Mitigation opportunities in the form of fortnightly bus trips and many volunteering opportunities advertised on the posters adorning the glass panes on both sides of the bus - inside and outside.