Mayor Benjamin has a vision for Columbia to be a world-class city for each demographic represented in our community. Seniors continue to add value by providing experienced knowledge, leadership and service to our city.
Mayor Benjamin has not only committed to seeking out young talent but also to investing time and resources to ensure that our seniors are secure and prosperous. These efforts all contribute to making Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.
Mayor Benjamin spends time time in neighborhoods across the city gaining insight regarding the needs and concerns of seniors in our community. This led to City Council’s decision to increase funding to local non-profit organization, Senior Resources.
In the past year, the senior population in our city has seen a number of successes. Mayor Benjamin and the City of Columbia presented Senior Resources a check for $135,000 and partnered with Walmart to serve 1,340 hot meals, 340 holiday food boxes, 450 bags of produce and 1,900 shelf stable meals to 1,700 seniors in the city. Columbia was also selected as one of the top 25 places to retire by CNN Money due to its accommodating environment that ensures the needs of residents of all ages are met.