March 15, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- Spring is a time of fresh beginnings. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, new animals are being born. For local seniors in wheelchairs or using canes or walkers, it'll be an opportunity to decorate their largest accessory and celebrate life.
On March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Silver Linings Transitions and their team of volunteers will be at Temple Solel at 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea "blinging out" wheel chairs, canes and walkers in exchange for a donation of any amount. All proceeds from the event will be distributed to Interfaith Community Services and Jewish Family Services to support their programs for underprivileged seniors. Then on April Fool's Day (April 1) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the team will be at Temple Adat Shalom 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway.
The Silver Linings Transitions team who assists anyone with the task of moving, downsizing or organizing will be doing a craft drive to repurpose silk flowers, ribbons and other decorations finding a home for items that would be discarded during "spring cleaning" and keeping these items out of landfills. To make a monetary donation or to donate items for decorating, contact Jami Shapiro, Owner of Silver Linings Transitions at 858 522-9518. You can also visit www.SilverLiningsTransitions.
Every day for the next 16 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years-old and many of these seniors will need to transition into new housing and on the other end of the spectrum research shows that going back to work after having children presents unique challenges for mothers. Now there’s a local company addressing both of these life transitions. Carlsbad mom and longtime realtor, Jami Shapiro, announces the launch of Silver Linings Transitions, a senior move management company, that helps people find the “Silver Lining” in their new living arrangements.
Seeing the need for services that support the aging Baby Boomer population, Jami Shapiro, Owner of Silver Linings Transitions and herself a one-time stay-at-home mother, decided her senior move management company could do more by serving both groups. As seniors lose their independence due to declining health, moving or home modifications become necessary for them to remain safe. Seniors who chose to work with Silver Linings Transitions, benefit from home-makers helping them settle into their new surroundings while offering team members the opportunity to do meaningful work and make it to carpool.
Silver Linings Transitions, a senior move management company, helps people find the “Silver Lining” in their new living arrangements. Whether it’s aging in place or moving to a smaller, easier to maintain home giving them more time to enjoy life or into an assisted living residence where they are free from cooking and washing dishes, Shapiro uses her own experience as a ten year cancer survivor to point out that aging is for the lucky.
Recognizing the environmental impact of moving, Silver Linings Transitions strives to find homes for everything and re-uses whatever packing supplies can be re-used safely. This includes utilizing plastic bins and re-using boxes, and by packing “Moving Kits” shared with Interfaith Community Services. Participating clients who are downsizing allow the Silver Linings Transitions team to assemble and package together these kits from their discarded items. This includes sheets, towels, pots and pans and other necessities a person or family will need as they transition from shelters to their own homes.
In 2001, Shapiro worked for a large corporation and was pregnant with her first child. She approached the company about job sharing or part time work, but was told “no”. She left the company and began a more than 10 year real estate career. While real estate offered, flexibility, working nights and weekends made it tough when her children were in school and no longer home during the day. Jami also had a strong desire to make a difference in the world and be a role model for her three daughters.
Jami tells people “Silver Linings Transitions is the company for which I was looking to work.”
Working as a Realtor, especially during the time people were losing their homes to foreclosure, gave her the empathy needed to work with seniors who often are leaving their homes (some by choice and some by necessity). She says much of juggling between selling a home and buying another one gave her the skills necessary to coordinate the move for seniors.
So far more than 12 women have joined the Silver Linings Transitions team. The benefits of working for Silver Linings Transitions include career and management training, a collaborative working environment, flexible work schedules with most hours (except for move days) between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., profit sharing and bonuses, and most importantly, fulfilling and meaningful work.
Move management services include floor planning and space design for the new residence; sensitive and guided decisions in the sorting process including identifying the right charities for donations; mindful packing and unpacking with an environmental consciousness; photo organization and a meaningful way to honor and preserve the lifetime of memories created in their homes.
For clients who remain in their homes, Silver Linings Transitions is able to help organize and de-clutter the home to improve safety.