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Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for untimed entry for one in the 5K TXU Energy 2012 Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. (a $25 value)
- $15 for untimed entry for one in the 10K TXU Energy 2012 Turkey Trot at 7:30 a.m. (a $25 value)
On Thanksgiving morning, trotters toe the starting line at 4925 Westheimer (near the Dillard’s parking lot) and embark on the 20th annual Turkey Trot charity race. In a trek through the closed-off streets of Houston, participants spend the morning getting in shape and kicking up dust for a good cause: Sheltering Arms Senior Services. A nonprofit organization committed to preserving the dignity of the city's elderly population, Sheltering Arms offers advocacy services, home-care plans, and case management so that seniors may live independently in their own homes. For logistical information about course maps, directions, and road closures, please visit the FAQ page.
Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Founded in 1893, Sheltering Arms Senior Services has devoted more than a century to providing Houston’s elderly population with care, advocacy, and community support. Despite its long history, the nonprofit organization is only looking forward. Between 2011 and 2012, it provided seniors with 128,658 hours of personal-care assistance—including meal preparation and housekeeping—and fed 2,182 seniors a nutritious meal. And their specially designed Adult Day Center, which provides top-notch care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Factor in the organization's more than 20 Houston-area senior centers, where staffers offer recreational activities, health education, and legal advocacy, and it is clear that Sheltering Arms is only building upon its 120-year foundation.
Sheltering Arms' mission begins with its committed corps of staff members and volunteers. Certified nurses’ aides customize and implement home-care plans that include light housekeeping, meal prep, and medication reminders. Social workers advocate for members at risk of being institutionalized by managing their financial and health casework. Volunteers make daily safety checks on seniors who are living alone and organize arts-and-crafts classes, game nights, and dances.