Wed., Jan 8th 12:30 - 3:00
Monthly Commodities will be given out on the second Wednesday of each month to seniors who qualify from 12:30 to 3:00. If you are a household of 1 and have income of $1,354 or less, or if you are a household of 2 and have income $1,832 or less know someone who does, please meet with America Schmaltz at the Center to fill out the paperwork. CSFP & TEFAP “This institution is an equal opportunity provider”
Free Vision Exams and Glasses
The Pokagon Fund Vision Program announced the continuation of The Pokagon Fund Vision Program for qualified Harbor Country residents that reside in the following zip codes 49115, 49116, 49117, 49125, 49128 and 49129. This program offers free comprehensive vision exams and glasses for youths aged 9-months through high school and income eligible seniors 50 years of age and over. For information on the program, call 269 405-FUND (3863) or visit the Pokagon Fund website at www.pokagonfund.org/visionprogram.
Medical Equipment Loan Closet
We have equipment available like walkers, wheelchairs, commode chairs, risers, shower benches, canes and crutches.
Volunteer Drivers Needed
A special need is drivers to take people home after lunch. This is about an one hour trip and would help if you can only do it one day a week.
The Senior Center is in need of volunteer drivers to take clients to medical appointments. Drivers must have a clean driving record and be able to assist clients in and out of the vans. If interested, see or call Bonnie for details at 469-4556.
Consumer Information Tip
We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration scam recently. There is a robocall which says your benefits will end. That’s not true! When you receive those calls, Do Not Press 1. Just hang up and remember: Your social security number is not about to be suspended; the real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits; the real Social Security Administration will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card. The Social Security Administration scam is the number one scam reported with reported losses of $17 million. If you’re getting these calls, you’re not alone. Tell your friends and neighbors about this scam. Tell them to hang up the phone!
Transportation and Services
The Center provides many services for those over 60 years of age. They include transportation for shopping, medical, and other necessary trips from your home. The Center has a wide service area that includes Bridgman, New Buffalo, Lakeside, Union Pier, Harbert, Three Oaks, New Troy, Grand Beach and Galien. Our volunteer drivers, using one of our six vans will see that you get to your Doctor’s appointment located in Berrien County, LaPorte, Michigan City and parts of South Bend on time between 8:30 and 1:00 eastern time zone. Our Policy requires at least 3 days advanced notice. Emergency service will be addressed on a case by case basis. The Center and drivers gladly accept donations for maintaining and helping with our ever increasing van transportation expenses.
The River Valley Senior Center has a Telephone Reassurance program for those that live alone and would appreciate a daily friendly call to check on their welfare. If you would appreciate such a call or have an elderly relative who lives alone and might be reassured to hear a friendly voice on a daily basis, please call the Center at 469-4556. If you would be willing to be a caller, let the center know. We will have a meeting of interested parties.
Board Of Director’s Monthly Mtg.
Thurs. Jan. 16th at 9:00
The River Valley Senior Center Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting in the upper level of the Senior Center on the third Thursday of each month. This meeting is open with visitors welcome.
Important Service Numbers
Senior Nutrition service 1 855 925-0137
Social Security 1 800 772-1213
Medicare Information Line 1 800 365-5889
Medicare Questions 1 800 633-4227
Medicaid Hotline 1 800 642-3195
Legal Hotline for Seniors 1 800 400 9164
Senior Law Center 1 888 418-1311
Veteran Assistance & Info 1 800 827-1000
Benton Harbor VA Clinic 1 269 934-9123
Northern Indiana V.A. Clinic 1 574 272-9000
Area Agency on Aging 1 800 654-2810
United Way 211 or 1 800 310-5454
Long Term Care Ombudsman 1 866 485-9393
To Report a Scam 1 877 382 4357
Telemarketer Do Not Call 1 888 382-1222
Alzheimer's Help Line 1 800 272-3900
Elder Abuse Prevention 1 855 444-3911
PACE 1 855 243–8876
Medicare/Medicaid Asst. Prog. 1 800 803–7174
Eldercare Locator 1 800 677-1116