Additional Senior Services [What We Do | Elder Services]
The Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for income-eligible persons aged 55 and over to provide supportive person-to-person services to at-risk children in community organizations such as schools; hospitals; head start programs; family support centers; transitional housing and youth centers. Foster Grandparents’ activities are directed toward helping young people improve their self-esteem and confidence and become full and productive members of society. In the process, Foster Grandparents strengthen communities by providing services that community budgets cannot afford and by building bridges across generations.
For more information:
Baltimore City: 410-366-6356 / 800-899-4601
Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. The program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects. Participants work an average of 19 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. SCSEP serves the dual mission of providing participants with community service experience and offering employment training.
For more information:
Baltimore City, Carroll and Howard Counties: 410-366-5614
West End Place Apartments offers housing to low income senior citizens. Located within Westminster City limits, West End Place Apartments accepts HUD and offers a sliding scale for clients awaiting housing assistance. Each of the 8 apartments is a one room efficiency furnished with a private bathroom, microwave, refrigerator, access to laundry facilities and a courtyard and patio, all in a secured, gated building.
For more information: 410-848-2433
Help is closer than you think.
At Family and Children’s Services, we believe that help is closer than you think, help with basic needs that can mean so much. Like when Margaret, a retired Baltimore City school teacher, came to us when her health started to decline. Margaret was feeling isolated and depressed after she learned she had both Diabetes and a heart condition. She needed help with paying her large medical bills and other debts.
Margaret started working with a senior services case manager and received help with paying down her debts and got financial support to buy a prosthetic leg. Through the Adopt-a-Senior Program, she also received funds that helped her with food and medication. All of these donations helped Margaret to become more independent and more financially secure. Eventually, Margaret’s health improved, and she was referred to another FCS program, Senior Community Service Employment, where she was able to enjoy again the pride of doing what she loved. She now works with children as a teacher’s aide. She felt that FCS’ program not only helped her in a time of despair, but it also enabled her to give back to the community by sharing her knowledge and experience.
*(name changed to protect privacy)