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Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin (BVIM)

Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin (BVIM)BVIM helps people who are blind or low vision in Marin County, California, gain and maintain independence and advocate for the needed services and activities to improve the quality of their lives. For information on events, support groups and other services, please call 415-459-5066.

CalFresh Assistance

CalFresh AssistanceThe CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. Whistlestop offers assistance with the application process. Eligibility is determined by CalFresh.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call us at 415-456-9062.

During the shelter in place directive, please call 415-457-INFO at the County for assistance in applying.

Housing Assistance for Older Adults

Housing Assistance for Older AdultsInformation: 415-456-9068.
Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Struggling to make ends meet? It’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed by all the different choices. Come get some clarity on housing choices in Marin. Call 415-456-9068 to schedule individual housing consultations.

“Resource Office”

“Resource Office”

During the shelter in place order, our staff is still here to answer your calls at 415-456-9062. We strongly recommend the County help line as your best source of referrals and information during this time: 415-457-INFO (4636).

Got questions? Our volunteers have answers!

The Resource Office is staffed with trained volunteers ready to provide information on services and resources for older adults. Drop by Monday 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Tuesday 12:30-3pm, Wednesday 1-3pm, Thursday 11am-1pm or Friday 1-3pm or call anytime 415-459-6700 and leave a message.

Marin Community Foundation – Successful Aging

Marin Community Foundation – Successful AgingThe growth rate of the older population in Marin is the fastest in the state. By 2010, one in four adults in the County will be over 65. The largest subset of this population growth is in the over-85 age group. The service system and other relevant resources will be pushed to new limits. As older adults age, they face increasing difficulty in remaining in their own homes or other living situations without increases in home health and other supportive services.

Older adults face a unique set of challenges, including isolation (which often leads to depression, self-medication, and other secondary problems), increased falls, malnutrition, lack of information on resources, and lack of appropriate supportive services. These challenges make this population more vulnerable to hospitalizations and unwanted institutionalization. In addition, one-third of Marin’s older adults — or 21,000 residents — are dependent upon fixed income of Social Security alone. This low-income group is the target population for the Foundation’s support of client services.

Older adults are important assets to our communities, and keeping them healthy and engaged in community life is beneficial for the County’s entire population. Community engagement in older life is correlated to improved health and quality of life and improvement of overall health indicators (e.g., reduction in depression, alcohol consumption, and isolation). Older adults with access to a highly coordinated network of health and social services along with opportunities for both community engagement and employment are more likely to age in place with maximum health and dignity. A healthy, fully-engaged older citizenry ultimately strengthens the entire community.

Brown Bag Pantry

Brown Bag Pantry will continue to operate as a vital service during the Shelter in Place directive, with the following changes: we will hand pre-packed bags of food to avoid indoor crowds. Please note the EARLIER start time of 10:30 am for the 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.

Brown Bag Pantry is held every Friday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

 

Whistlesizers

Whistlesizers

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 – 11:40 am, Free

Yes, you can still get a workout while sitting down! Gentle chair exercises and light cardio to improve your strength, flexibility, and motion.

Have your chair ready and your phone on speaker. Call 415-480-2522 just before 11 am to join the class.