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Senior Services

The Senior Services division takes pride in providing resources to San Bernardino's senior community. We operate two senior centers, Fifth Street Senior Center and Perris Hill Senior Center featuring a variety of activities and services. In addition to the senior centers, we offer residents an array of programs. Click on the links below to learn more about each program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (909) 384-5430.


Senior Services Newsletter
(click here for book)

Upcoming Events:


 
  

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Senior meals will be take-out only
(Ages 60 and up Donation: $3.75)
Click here for more information Senior Nutrition Program

Children Meal Services please contact San Bernardino Unified School District at:
https://www.sbcusd.com/

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 W. Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5434

Trudy Panowicz, Food Services Supervisor

Funding for this service, in part or in whole, has been provided by the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services through grant awards from the California Department of Aging.

  • Ages 60 & Older $3.75 donation only
  • Ages 59 and younger must pay $5.50
Locations & Lunch Times*

Perris Hill Senior Center
780 East 21st Street
11:30am - 12:30pm / Monday - Friday

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
11:30am - 12:30pm / Monday - Friday
3:00pm - 3:45pm (Dinner) / Tuesday - Thursday

  *Meals are subject to substitution / Times are subject to change


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Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5413

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Jamie Daniels, SCP Manager
Ellyse Martinez, Coordinator of Volunteers

SCP Program Flyer (click here for more information)

Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults with special needs.  Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care.  Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers a much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients.

Senior Companions offer adults with special needs contact with the world outside of their homes, making their lives less isolated.  Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing they are needed.

Senior Companion Volunteers have a regularly, weekly day schedule with each client.

Among other activities, they provide friendship and companionship; assist with running basic errands; accompany clients to social activities; alert doctor and family members to potential problems, and provide respite to family caregivers.

Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over.  Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend.  All SCP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.

The City of San Bernardino SCP Volunteers serve in the areas of San Bernardino, Highland, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Fontana, Loma Linda, Redlands, Yucaipa, Mentone, Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley.

Senior Companions are a vital resource to their communities.  Become a Senior Companion today.  This is a friendship that can last a lifetime!

How can you be someone's Senior Companion?

  • 55 years of age and older
  • Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Pass clearance to work with older adults by a DOJ/FBI LiveScan and the National Sex Offender Public Website
  • Current California Driver License, own your own vehicle and provide proof of current auto insurance
  • Physician clearance
  • Live within the designated service area

Annual National SCP Statistical Highlights*

  • Volunteers - 12, 190
  • Hours Served - 7,479,349
  • Frail, older adults served - 43,000
  • Families receiving respite care - 6,650
  • Frail, older Veterans served - 3,100
  • Number of Projects - 182 (Federally-funded)

    *Data from Corporation for National Community & Service (May 2017). Senior Corp fact sheet.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
909-384-5414
Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 5:00pm
Kimberly Graham

 
What is AmeriCorps Senior Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)?

The AmeriCorps Senior Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects individual age 55 years and better put their skills and life experience to work for their communities. AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteer’s server from a few hours to forty hours a week. They do just about everything – from making daily calls to provide wellness calls and companionship over the phone to tutoring homeless children, working with veterans, and volunteering to mentor and coach children in the community through the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation. However, they choose to serve, AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteers meet critical community needs.
For forty-six years, AmeriCorps Senior RSVP has matched problems to be solved with people willing to help. Today, more than 300,000 volunteers tackling projects in communities nationwide.


Why do AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Volunteers get involved?

Some people feel a lack of productivity when they no longer have a regular work site or schedule. AmeriCorps Senior RSVP help seniors stay active and involved. Volunteers join a large service network, learning new skills or using the know-how they’ve developed over a lifetime.
Many AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteers have lived in their communities for a long time. Because the community has given them so much, they see serving as a way to give something back. RSVP volunteers discover that when they give, they gain a lot too. Studies show that seniors who volunteer live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.


What do AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Volunteers do?

AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteer choose how and where they want to serve. Many continue the type of work they enjoyed earlier in life, while others try something completely different. As an AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteer, you might mentor at-risk youth through coaching, support Veterans through Veterans Affairs, supporting senior center programing, or help people recover from natural disasters with the San Bernardino Sheriff Department or the California Highway Patrol.
AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Volunteer may commit to serving in one ore more ongoing efforts. The number of hours they serve if flexible. Volunteers will be matched with the perfect volunteer opportunity and training from the organization they are placed. While on duty, AmeriCorps Senior Volunteers also receive supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement, and an annual Volunteer Recognition.


AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Volunteers – Getting things done

City of San Bernardino AmeriCorps Senior RSVP is a cost-effective way to solve critical problems in education, public safety, the environment, and other critical human needs. Last year, AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteers provided more than 91 million hours of service to America, valued at more than $1.2 billion – a 35-fold return on the federal investment.
City of San Bernardino AmeriCorps Senior RSVP is also looking for volunteer sites to partner with to provide volunteer opportunities to our AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Volunteers. Please contact us for more information.

How can I learn more about the City of San Bernardino AmeriCorps Senior RSVP?

RSVP Informational Flyer

RSVP Volunteer Enrollment Form