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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?

Whistlestop Plans Expansion to Anticipate Downtown SMART Train Station

<!--:en-->Whistlestop Plans Expansion to Anticipate Downtown SMART Train Station <!--:-->Whistlestop is planning to transform it’s location on 930 Tamalpais Ave. into a five-story building that will offer around 50 affordable housing units to seniors in addition to its regular services.

The popular nonprofit, which offers nutritional services and social activities for Marin’s elderly, was looking at relocating to make way for the SMART train downtown station. Now, this new plan will enable the center to remain in its current location and expand on the services it already offers.

“We’ve not only taken this challenge of SMART, we’ve turned it into an opportunity for our clients and our community,” said Executive Director Joe O’Hehir.

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Down by the Station

<!--:en-->Down by the Station<!--:-->Talk about making lemonade from lemons. Rather than threatening to sue SMART over possible construction obstruction at the downtown San Rafael station, Whistlestop now envisions a new building that would be the first transit-oriented development for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin along the SMART rail line.
“We want to take the challenge that we have with the SMART train coming here and really create an opportunity for the community,” says Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO.

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Whistlestop planning to build new five-story housing complex

<!--:en-->Whistlestop planning to build new five-story housing complex<!--:-->A San Rafael nonprofit that serves senior citizens is planning to turn its downtown property into a five-story affordable senior housing and services center by 2017.

Whistlestop, which owns the former downtown train offices, is planning to redevelop the property, forgoing talk of relocating when the SMART commuter train rolls onto its doorstep.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train, which will run between Sonoma and Marin counties, would eliminate much of the parking at Whistlestop — an organization providing transportation, nutritious food and activities for more than 5,000 local seniors.

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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 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.

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.

ADA Transition Plan update/ Public Survey

<!--:en-->ADA Transition Plan update/ Public Survey<!--:-->As required by Title II of the ADA, the City of Mill Valley is conducting a self-evaluation of its facilities and updating the Transition Plan. This update is an important step in the ultimate goal of ensuring all of the Cities facilities, services, programs and activities are accessible to all individuals.

As part of this process, we are requesting public input in the form of a survey. This survey is available as a link here that can be completed and submitted digitally, or printed out and submitted as a hard copy.

Marin IJ: Whistlestop delivers the holiday spirit

<!--:en-->Marin IJ: Whistlestop delivers the holiday spirit<!--:-->Posted December 20, 2013 in the Marin IJ, this article covers the story of our wildly successful holiday card drive for Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels recipients. We were overwhelmed by the community’s response – elementary schools, girl scout troops, families and friends donated over 1,300 cards for the project and our drivers were able to give each of our 250 recipients more than 5 cards a piece during meal deliveries on 12/20/13.

The Public Advocate Interviews Whistlestop

The Public Advocate Interviews Whistlestop