NAPLES, Fla – Collier Senior Resources (CSR) at the Golden Gate Senior Center has reopened and offers in-person programs and services to the association’s 1,460 members.
The non-profit organization strives to meet the needs of older people and their caregivers. Three months ago renovations to the center building began and while COVID-19 restrictions were still in place and many members were benefiting from the charity’s programs through online services like Zoom, calls personal telephone numbers for staff and volunteers, as well as on-site daily hot breakfast and pantry. The works ended on June 28, 2021 and since then different social groups have all resumed on site.
“It was crucial for us to complete the necessary work as quickly as possible to continue providing members with the in-person connection they so vitally need for the health of body, mind and spirit,” explains the member. Senior Director of the Center, Tatiana Fortune, MSW. “For many, our Zoom programs, our outreach calls, our daily in-person hot lunches, which restarted in June 2020, and our on-site pantry have been the only social interaction they’ve had on a regular basis since starting. pandemic, so we’re thankful that this year’s renovations will be completed in just 12 weeks.
Collier Senior Resources opened the Golden Gate Senior Center in 2014 as part of the organization’s continued efforts to provide seniors with a low-income / fixed-income scholarship, enrichment, welfare and basic services, as well as ” continuous training, in a safe, diverse and welcoming environment.
The programs are free and designed to address the increased risk of depression, deteriorating mental and physical health, as well as the increased risk of death, associated with the social isolation of older people – a problem that has become increasingly evident. importance since the pandemic – and include the provision of:
- Local and remote caregivers a centralized source of information, services and resources related to seniors in Collier County.
- Over 1,200 hot meals per month for seniors in need and weekly access to a Meals of Hope pantry for over 780 families, including 330 seniors in need.
- Daily hot breakfast and coffee bar; weekly pantry, blood pressure, vision and diabetes screening, oral health assessments, balance tests and fall prevention talks; monthly birthday parties, yoga, dance and exercise classes, art therapy, cards and games, holiday parties, Alzheimer’s support groups, crafts and other programs and services that enhance the life of the elderly.
The association works with trusted partners, including the AARP Foundation (Placement and Training for Unemployed and Low-Income Seniors), Alzheimer’s Support Network, Area Agency on Aging, Catholic Charities (social services), Collier Area Transport, Collier County Nutrition, Literacy Volunteers, Sheriff’s Office and more.
For more information on Collier Senior Resources and the Golden Gate Senior Center, please call 239.252.4541, or visit www.CollierSeniorResources.org.