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The Essex Enquirer

Services Available

Baltimore County Department of Aging provides the following services through the Essex Senior Center. They are available to those 60 years and older and residing in Baltimore County.

County Ride
Seniors of the disabled can receive rides to doctor appointments and local senior centers. Advance appointments are necessary and ticket books are sold at all Baltimore County Senior Centers. A ride costs $2.50 each way if tickets are puchased in advance. A book of tickets costs $15.

Community Outreach
The Center's Community Outreach Specialist, Bea Broccolino, provides assistance to seniors in applying for benefits and services. Home visits can be made to those that are homebound. To schedule an appointment call 410-887-6471.

Jobs for Seniors
Seniors looking for full or part time jobs may stop by the front desk and browse through the Employment Book which contains current job listings for local businesses looking for senior employees.

Eating Together
The Essex Senior Center serves a nutritionally balanced hot lunch five days a week through Overlea Caterers. Particiants must be 60 years or older and are asked to anonymously contribute toward the cost of the meal. $2.50 is the minimum recommened donation. Participants must sign up for lunch no later than Noon the day before they are requesting a lunch. If a participant can not honor their reservation, than they must call and cancel their reservation at least by Noon the day before.

Tax Assistance
During tax season, AARP trained volunteers provide free confidential assistance in preparing tax forms. Appointments are available on Tuesdays only and must be made in advance by calling the center.

Home Team
The Home Team coordinator at Essex Senior Center, Kathy Haduch, matches volunteers with homebound seniors who need assistance to remain independent in their homes. Volunteers are matched with a person to provide one or more of the following services as needed: friendly visits, escourt trips, telephone visits, shopping and correspondence assistance. For information on becoming a volunteer with the Home Team Program call Kathy at 410-887-0360.

Center Connection
This is a service within the Essex Senior Center that integrates seniors who need some assistance in the Center with the help of a staff person. Our Center Connection Specialist, Kathy Blake, works with the senior to develop an individualized schedule that takes into account the senior's ability, interests and needs. This program provides options to improve socialization skill, create a purposeful role, and increase independent functioning.

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