The call of the outdoors is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature’s phone with today’s Groupon to the TXU Energy 2011 Turkey Trot, which takes place Thursday, November 24 and benefits Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get an untimed, noncompetitive entry for the 10K race at 7:30 a.m. or 5K race at 8 a.m. (a $25 value).
- For $18, you get a timed, competitive entry for the 10K race at 7:30 a.m. or 5K race at 8 a.m. (a $30 value). This option includes a ChronoTrack system D-tag.
On Thanksgiving morning, joggers gather at the race’s starting point at the Dillard’s parking lot on the corner of Westheimer Road and Post Oak Road, then embark on the 19th annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot, racing 5K or 10K throughout Houston’s streets to raise money for the nonprofit Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Before stuffing themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, community members can trot, walk, or do the worm along the race route as noncompetitive, untimed participants, or strive to be the first to the finish line with a timed, competitive entry. Runners can time their race by wearing an hourglass around their necks or fastening a ChronoTrack system D-tag to their shoe ($5, included with the timed, competitive entry), timing their speed with down-to-the-second accuracy.
All the proceeds from the race benefit Sheltering Arms Senior Services, an organization dedicated to the care, comfort, and independence of Houston’s elderly residents.
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.