Holiday season

Brentwood Strong helps seniors in need over the holiday season

Seana Fippin and the band she founded during the pandemic, Brentwood Strong, have been spreading joy this holiday season. With the help of the City of Brentwood’s Parks and Recreation Department and other community agencies, Brentwood Strong has partnered residents and seniors through its Adopt-A-Senior program.

“So proud to announce that over 100 seniors have been adopted and have received beautiful gifts they asked for, a grocery gift card and a stamp book,” Fippin announced last week. “It turned out to be a great service project.”

The event followed the path of the Brentwood Strong organization’s original goal of helping seniors who are lonely and in need of support during the pandemic.

“We couldn’t have helped all of these people without Olivia Alverez from the City of Brentwood, who helped organize everything,” Fippin said.

Doing what they do best, Fippin said Brentwood Strong helped organize the project with the Brentwood Senior Citizens Club, Meals on Wheels and the Contra Costa Food Bank.

Seana Fippin at the Adopt-A-Senior, City of Brentwood and Brentwood Strong giveaway with Olivia Alvarez and Santa Claus. (Photo by Brentwood Strong)

Fippin founded Brentwood Strong at the start of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate in early 2020. The idea formed for the organization when a friend, who lives out of town, contacted Fippin and asked Fippin to check on their parents. It was then that Fippin realized that many older people would need help to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

Fippin said a big inspiration for the Brentwood Strong program came from the work of Rose Pierce when she started the Brentwood Community Chest.

“I didn’t know Rose, but I met her daughter Lil, and I think what Rose has done at the Community Chest is a great service to the community,” she said.

Since its launch, the Brentwood Strong program has grown not only to help the elderly, but also to work with immunocompromised people who have been unable to leave their homes due to the pandemic and who cannot go out during the pandemic due to health issues. Fippin said a big part of what the organization does is find resources to help disadvantaged people in the community.

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce recently named Fippin Brentwood Citizen of the Year. Coincidentally, his company, Red Box Business Solutions, was also chosen this year as the Brentwood Business of the Year by the Chamber and its members.

Fippin moved to Brentwood 18 years ago with her husband. Along with building her business, which she and her husband started 17 years ago, she has also volunteered at her children’s schools, volunteered for the PTA and is a member of the Brentwood Rotary Club. She is the outgoing president of the Club.

“Leading the club during the year of COVID was interesting,” she said. “It was a challenge to find new ways to keep people connected and engaged.”

Fippin was also recently a member of the Brentwood town planning commission. Her husband, Brett, also coached his children’s baseball and basketball teams.

“We love people,” she said. “It’s our passion.”

Although shelter-in-place orders have been lifted, concerns about the virus have not gone away for the elderly and immunocompromised. Fippin said Brentwood Strong will continue to work with residents to ensure they have the resources to get through whatever COVID 19 brings in the future.

The group recently received its 501c3 nonprofit status from the state. With the success of this year’s Adopt-A-Senior program, Fippin said the program will definitely return next year. She hopes the Brentwood Strong programs will remain fun and innovative for years to come.

Those in need of Brentwood Strong’s services and those wishing to volunteer to help the elderly and immunocompromised, and those who have resources to provide can contact the organization at 925-513-0000, email Help@BrentwoodStrong.com, or see their website at BrentwoodStrong.com.

Roni Gehlke can be reached at oakleynow@comcast.net.


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