Community Services Division
Senior Services programs are offered under contract with Northwest Regional Council
through the San Juan County Health and Community Services Department with significant
support from the Senior Services Council of San Juan County, Inc., a Washington
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island each have their own Senior Center,
which serve as resource and information centers for all programs affecting those over
age 60. The senior centers on all three islands serve hot lunches and ask a modest
donation to cover the cost. Meals are also delivered to the home bound. The centers
also provide a focus for organized social activities which provide opportunities for
seniors to remain active in the community.
Our job at Senior Services of San Juan County is to assist seniors in remaining
independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. We offer supportive
services such as: Senior Information & Assistance, Congregate Meals, Meals on Wheels,
Respite Care, Case Management, Family Caregiver Support, and Transportation assistance.
We are also a resource to those under 60 who provide care or help to parents, older
family members or neighbors. Volunteers are needed to help with many programs and
with fundraising projects.
The goal of community-based supportive programs is to help seniors and adults with
disabilities live in their homes and communities for as long as possible, postponing
or eliminating the need for residential or institutional care. Community-based care is
overwhelmingly preferred by consumers and caregivers of all ages
Our vision and mission is to focus on seniors, both young and old, by providing services and resources intended to:
- improve well being
- promote and help sustain independence
- facilitate participation in the life and affairs of the community
- enhance the experience of becoming an elder
- remain socially integrated
Senior Services of San Juan County support and serve a complete spectrum of seniors,
from those who are healthy and actively contributing to the community, to those who are frail and in need.
Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is designed to provide
children with limited family and financial resources an opportunity to enter the
educational system at the same level as most other children. By providing an educational
opportunity, access to health care, and social support to these children and their
families this type of program has been shown to prevent later social and school
problems. The ECEAP program is offered on Orcas and Lopez Island through established
pre-school agencies. Families on San Juan Island have access to similar services
through the Head Start program run by Skagit Valley College.
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