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                         Galveston County Senior Citizens Program

The Galveston County Senior Citizens Program (GCSCP) was established in 1976 to serve the needs of senior adults who are 60 years of age and older. The focus of the program is to enable individuals to continue being an integral part of their community, while keeping their dignity and sense of well being.

The goal of GCSCP is to enrich the lives of senior adults in Galveston County.

RECREATION Cards, bingo, needlework, quilting, pool, walking, exercise, and singing are just some of the activities provided for Senior Center members. Picnics, fishing, gardening, and other planned activities keep senior adults busy. Seminars are scheduled to give information on topics which are important to todayís senior adult. For the senior adult who is concerned about their health, medical screenings are regularly scheduled to assist in monitoring key health indicators.

MEAL SERVICES Well-balanced, nutritious lunches are prepared at a central kitchen. Menus are planned by a certified nutritionist to insure all meals meet one third of the nutritional requirements and are both appealing and attractive to senior adults. Additionally, educational programs on proper nutrition are provided on a regular basis.

Two meal programs available to senior adults in Galveston County are:

CONGREGATE MEALS Congregate meals are furnished at Senior Centers throughout the county. Congregate meals offer an opportunity for seniors to share a meal and fellowship with others. A dollar or $2.00 per day is suggested as a voluntary contribution for lunch. Meal tickets are available for 20 meals at $20.00

MEALS ON WHEELS The Meals on Wheels program provides not and frozen meals to homebound seniors and their spouses five days a week. The meals are available to senior adults who have a long term disability or who have recently been discharged from the hospital. A dollar of $2.00 per meal is suggested. Many volunteers are needed for this program to serve as a friendly contact to those who are home bound. These volunteers also visit the home bound for reassurance ant to provide services.

HOMEMAKING Homemaking is a service provided to homebound seniors who are unable to complete basic housekeeping chores due to illness or disability. Carefully screened and trained homemakers assist the senior adult in caring for their home. Light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and other related chores are a part of the homemaking service. Assessments are complete on each individual to determine which housekeeping chores are needed. Reassessments are completed every 6 months to provide on-going care as needed. Financial contributions are requested for this service.

TRANSPORTATION Van service is provided for seniors who want to go to one of the Senior Centers for activities and lunch as well as to see a physician, or buy groceries. The vans are in service five days a week in selected locations. Seniors must call a day ahead to schedule a ride on a van. Contributions are requested for this service.

TELEPHONE REASSURANCE Telephone reassurance is offered to isolated or homebound senior adults. Volunteers make calls to seniors who need to hear a friendly voice and know someone cares. When necessary, volunteers remind the senior to take their medicine. These calls are made once per day and are usually limited to five or ten minutes.

LEGAL SERVICES/BENEFITS COUNSELING Legal Services offered through GCSCP are designed to help the senior adult who is in need of legal assistance. This program is a cooperative effort with the Galveston County Bar Association. Execution of simple wills, guardianships, tenant rights, benefits counseling, the Unnatural Death Act Directive, consumer rights, contract negotiations and benefits counseling are some of the areas in which seniors can request assistance. The GCSCP screens requests and, with volunteers from the Bar Association, matches attorneys whose specialties match the needs of the senior.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL GCSCP, through its information and referral service, is equipped to inform senior adults and their family members about various agencies, support groups, medical facilities and many other community resources. Much of this vital information is only a phone call away by contacting any of the Senior Centers.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer opportunities are available to anyone who can share some time, talent, and skills on a daily or weekly basis. Volunteers are needed in all of the programs throughout the County. The continuing goal is to recruit volunteers to help in the following area: classed at the centers in program and recreation areas; delivering meals on wheels; spending time with a shut-in to relieve family members from the stress of constant caregiving; small home repairs; grocery shopping and other related errands.

FEES FOR SERVICES The GCSCP offers its services to all senior adults on a contribution basis. All participants are encouraged to contribute to every program. These donations allow GCSCP to continue offering and expanding needed programs.

SOURCES OF FUNDING The GCSCP relies on a wide variety of support from both the public and private sector. These include, among others:

U.S. Title V - Older Americanís Act
State of Texas
City of Galveston
City of Hitchcock
City of Texas City
Galveston County
Galveston Rotary Club
Dickinson Rotary Club
Moody Foundation
Kempner Foundation
Harbor View Care Center
Texas Department on Aging
Texas Department of Human Services
City of Friendswood
Mary Moody Northern Foundation

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE GALVESTON COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM
The Galveston County Senior Citizens Program plans to continue expanding with new and creative programs to meet the needs of an ever growing and changing senior adult population in Galveston County. Continued support from corporations, individuals, cities, fraternal organizations, business and churches will be a critical factor in the future of the Programís growth and expansion.

LOCATIONS

GALVESTON
Galveston Multipurpose Center
2201 Avenue L
Galveston, Tx 77550
409-762-6624

TEXAS CITY
Nessler Center
2010 5th Avenue
Texas City, Tx 77590
409-948-3282

HITCHCOCK
Hitchcock Center
6905 Backstrom
Hitchcock, Tx 77563
409-986-7718

DICKINSON
Dickinson Center
2714 Highway 3
Dickinson, Tx 77539
Charles R Greer
Center Manager
713-996-5314

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SANTA FE
Santa Fe Center
4605 Peck Street
Santa Fe, Tx 77517
409-925-3342

BACLIFF
North County Center
4503 11th Street
Bacliff, Tx 77573
713-559-2095

FRIENDSWOOD
Friendswood Center
416 Morningside
Friendswood, Tx 77546
713-482-7471

Administrative Office
2201 Avenue L
Galveston, Tx 77550
  409-766-2444

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