If Only... A gift fulfillment program for older adults with limited financial resources

If OnlyIf only I had the opportunity to…. All the “if onlys” older adults think about, hoping to do something but waiting for the right time. Suddenly the right time has slipped away and the opportunity to do something presents more of a challenge because of physical limitations or lack of financial resources.

If Only… is a gift fulfillment program created using the proceeds from a generous gift by Mr. O. Moser, a former resident of Forsyth County. Working together with businesses in Forsyth County, the program is managed through the Department of Social Services (DSS) in coordination with an advisory committee consisting of community volunteers.

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The “If Only” Program will consider requests from applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Are at least 60 years of age
  • Have a demonstrated need due to limited financial resources
  • Have the physical and cognitive ability to participate in the requested activity
  • Be fully aware of the request should someone apply on their behalf
  • Submit a completed application to the “If Only” program.
  • Are a resident of Forsyth County and a citizen of the United States or legal immigrant

To begin the application process, you will need to send the following:

  • Download the application form using the link above. Or you may request that an application form be mailed to you by calling (336)703-3870.
  • A one-page personal letter that describes your request, why you need help and why the request is important to you. The letter can be written by you or another person on your behalf.

The Program is unable to grant the following types of requests:

  • Cash
  • Automobile, lifts, repair or RV rentals
  • Property and home improvements or repairs
  • Travel outside of the United States or cruises
  • A surprise request for someone else
  • Medical, dental or psychiatric treatment
  • Legal services

A completed application, including personal letter, and application form should be mailed to the If Only... Program at the address listed below. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

If Only... Program
Department of Social Services
Adult Division
741 N. Highland Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

All requests will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee. If your request is approved, a representative from DSS will contact you regarding the decision and will help to make the arrangements for your request.

If you need more information, please contact Diane Wimmer.

Email wimmerds@forsyth.cc

Phone (336)703-3870.

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