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Senior Center Without Walls

<!--:en-->Senior Center Without Walls<!--:-->This program is designed to reach isolated, homebound seniors. They provide free activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of groups on telephone conference lines to adults aged 60+ in California who find it difficult to participate in outside activities on their own. Call 1-877-797-7299 to find out more.

Senior Center Without Walls

Senior Center Without WallsWhistlestop is happy to introduce a new service, Senior Center Without Walls

Senior Center Without Walls is a telephone-based outreach program for adults 60 and older with a lineup of workshops and activities offered 7 days a week such as brain games, bingo, book clubs, armchair travelers and daily 30 minute gratitude calls. All of the activities take place on the telephone with participants calling in from their own homes. For more information call 1-877-797-7299, or visit their web site by clicking here.

Brown Bag Pantry

Brown Bag Pantry

Whistlestop’s Brown Bag Pantry offers free, healthy, fresh produce, meats and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Simply bring proof of Marin residency and sign up. The pantry is open every Friday at 11:30am.

Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programsSequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs

<!--:en-->Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs<!--:--><!--:ES-->Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs<!--:-->Meals for seniors and funding for school districts, parks, low-income housing and employment assistance would be squeezed in Marin if across-the-board federal budget cuts are implemented as expected this week due to the budget impasse in Washington, D.C.

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Whistlestop PROVIDES LATEST EDITION OF Annual Directory of Older Adults Services

Free resource directory covers services that older adults and their families
might need to live healthy, active lives in Marin County

Whistlestop PROVIDES LATEST EDITION OF Annual Directory of Older Adults Services
San Rafael, CA (March 2013) — Whistlestop, the non-profit organization that provides vital services to Marin County’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, announces the release of the twenty-fifth edition of the organization’s annual Directory of Older Adults Services in Marin County. The Directory provides valuable information on every subject relating to the health and welfare of Marin’s older adults and their families. It includes topics such as adult day care, companionship, disaster preparedness, financial assistance, health care, home care, insurance information, pet care, recreation, skilled nursing facilities and much more. “Our mission at Whistlestop is to give everyone in Marin the opportunity to age with dignity, independence and grace,” said Whistlestop’s CEO Joe O’Hehir. “The Whistlestop Directory provides an aggregate of information covering many of the issues older adults face in our society, and it’s a vital resource for their families. With the Pacific Sun’s support, we’re pleased that we’re able to offer this Directory to the community.” The printed and online versions of the Directory are FREE to the public and available at Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael, and at www.whistlestop.org, under the Services tab.

About Whistlestop
Since 1954 Whistlestop has been helping the Marin County’s older adults stay independent and active by avoiding social isolation. Whistlestop is best known for providing specialized transportation for people with disabilities. Their fleet of over 55 specialized buses run seven days a week from early morning to late night, offering over 150,000 rides yearly throughout Marin and surrounding counties.

Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center, located in downtown San Rafael, provides socialization for older adults through participant-centered services and activities. These include educational classes, exercise classes, and multicultural groups for Spanish, German, and Farsi-speaking older adults. Invaluable services like citizenship assistance, translation, ESL, tax preparation, and legal advice are offered as part of Whistlestop’s ongoing mission.

Whistlestop’s Jackson Café, located at the Active Aging Center, serves fresh, delicious and affordable lunchtime meals, Monday through Friday to diners of all ages. The Café features daily specials, deli sandwiches, soups, desserts, and fresh salads. The Jackson Café offers a comfortable setting where everyone is welcome.

Whistlestop Meal on Wheels delivers fresh meals to homebound older adults throughout much of Marin. Their dedicated drivers check in on the meal recipients several times per week and will deliver 70,000 meals this year.

WHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARINWHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARIN

<!--:en-->WHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARIN<!--:--><!--:ES-->WHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARIN<!--:-->San Rafael, CA (March 2013) — Two well-known local organizations, Bank of Marin and Whistlestop, have enjoyed more than a decade of collaboration and community partnership together. Whistlestop’s increasingly popular Jackson Café was named in honor of H.C. Jackson, one of the founders and past Board Directors of Bank of Marin. H.C. and Beverley Jackson made several generous gifts to Whistlestop to support access to proper nutrition for older adults in Marin. The Bank of Marin made a gift earlier this year to help upgrade the Café’s aging kitchen equipment. Whistlestop volunteers cheerily serve fresh and affordable lunches for about 100 diners a day. The restaurant is open to everyone, and you can be assured, everyone will feel more than welcome.

About Whistlestop
Since 1954 Whistlestop has been helping the Marin County’s older adults stay independent and active by avoiding social isolation. Whistlestop is best known for providing specialized transportation for people with disabilities. Their fleet of over 55 specialized buses run seven days a week from early morning to late night, offering over 150,000 rides yearly throughout Marin and surrounding counties.

In addition, Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center, located in downtown San Rafael, provides socialization for older adults through participant-centered services and activities. These include educational classes, exercise classes, and multicultural groups for Spanish, German, and Farsi-speaking older adults. Invaluable services like citizenship assistance, translation, ESL, tax preparation, and legal advice are offered as part of Whistlestop’s ongoing mission.

Whistlestop’s Jackson Café, located at the Active Aging Center, serves fresh, delicious and affordable lunchtime meals, Monday through Friday to diners of all ages. The Café features daily specials, deli sandwiches, soups, desserts, and fresh salads. The Jackson Café offers a comfortable setting where everyone is welcome.

Whistlestop Meal on Wheels delivers fresh meals to homebound older adults throughout much of Marin. Their dedicated drivers check in on the meal recipients several times per week and will deliver 71,000 meals this year.

Marin IJ: Marin grand jury: transit for seniors inadequateMarin IJ: Marin grand jury: transit for seniors inadequate

<!--:en-->Marin IJ: Marin grand jury: transit for seniors inadequate<!--:--><!--:ES-->Marin IJ: Marin grand jury: transit for seniors inadequate<!--:-->Posted April 24, 2013 in the Marin IJ, this article reflects the findings of a jury panel after looking at area transportation services.

What are your thoughts on the article and what you know about transit services in Marin County?