The Friendly Visitor Program is designed to make new friends. It addresses the issues of loneliness and isolation so prevalent in elders living alone, especially those of us in rural areas who have little or no access to socialization.The Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator recruits, vets and trains volunteers to be Friendly Visitors who meet once a week with a compatible senior to provide stimulation and company.These visits can be in-home, or on fun or needed excursions. You can be a friendly visitor and you can have a friendly visitor. The visits are a gift that makes a world of difference to someone who is alone.
To participate in the program, call Natalie at 707-961-4312 and ask for information on the program.
Our Senior Peer Counselors provide in-home counseling sessions to elders age 60+ living on the north coast.
As we age, changing life circumstances can present challenges such as depression, loneliness, illness, grief and loss, all of which have been worsened by the effects of the pandemic.
A trained Senior Peer Counselor can offer support and encouragement to seniors experiencing these challenges. Our counselors have been extensively trained and are required to attend a bi-weekly supervision session led by Susan Bridge-Mount, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
All counselors are vaccinated and we are only able to provide services to vaccinated clients. There is no charge for this service as we are funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
If you would like more information about the program, or to sign up, please contact Natalie at 707 961-4312.. All inquiries are confidential.
The program offers activities to stimulate memory retention and provides fun activities such as art projects, exercise, movies and more! While there a delicious lunch is provided. Program days and times are Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 2PM.Please call 707 964-0443 for more information.
NOTE: The program has been closed due to COVID-19 but will be opening soon!
When Meals on Wheels knocks on the door, a welcoming seniors open it with a smile. Being invited into the home of our community’s seniors and disabled individuals is an honor and a privilege.
Every visit comes with a nutritious hot meal and most importantly for some, a friendly smiling face to chat with. This can mean the difference for many solitary seniors and can help ensure that their health and well-being is being maintained.
Hot meals are delivered 3 days a week, with frozen meals provided for the days not deliveries are made.
To see if you qualify for the program or if you would like to become a volunteer driver call Rose at 707 961-4305.There is no charge for the meals but a $5 per meal voluntary donation is suggested.
Our services which are supported by Mendocino County Department of Social Services include assisting elders and disabled with registration for Cal Fresh personal finacncial management, bill paying options, assistance with program screening, general information, referrals and support for the Senior Center community.
CalFresh is a state run program for low-income people who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put a healthy nutritious food on the table. Please call Rose at 707 961-4305 for more information.
If you are in need of assistance or guidance pertaining to your personal finance, help ensuring your bills are paid on time or need help creating or maintaining a budget, please call Natalie at 707 961-4312 to discuss your options.