LOCAL AND REGIONAL RESOURCES
The Community Service Unit (CSU), a program of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, sells highly visible signs that can help medical, law enforcement, and fire personnel find your home in an emergency. Cost is $12 for a one-sided, green and white sign, $16 for a two-sided sign. Visit CSU offices in Sonora, Twain Harte, Jamestown, Tuolumne or Groveland, or call Dave Clevenger, 743-7631.
Animal Adoption Resources
For a broad list of regional animal adoption and rescue organizations, including animal shelters, click here: Animal Adoption Resources.
Area 12 Agency on Aging
This agency’s helpful staff provides services to more than 11,000 seniors in five counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne. Services include information and assistance, caregiver support, nutrition, fitness, Medicare counseling and much more. The agency is headquartered in Sonora, at 19074 Standard Rd. Contact Area 12 at (209) 532-6272 or (800) 510-2020, www.area12.org.
Calaveras County Help Lines
Click on the underlined for a list of help lines (suicide prevention, domestic violence, elder abuse, grief support and much more) compiled by Laurie Sundholm of the county’s Behavioral Health department: Calaveras County Help Lines.
Calaveras Supervisors and Planning Commission Videos, online at calaverascap.com
To serve residents not able to attend meetings, Board of Supervisors’ and Planning Commission meeting videos are available on the Community Action Project (CAP) website. Two non-profits, CAP and MyValleySprings.com, handle preparation, posting and archiving; videos are courtesy of Calaveras Public Access Television.
Family caregivers in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties can learn coping skills and stress-reduction skills by attending free support groups offered through Area 12 Agency on Aging. The groups are facilitated by health educators Joan Jackson and Peter Carrillo, whose business, Practical Dreamer (588-1835, practical-dreamer.com), helps connect individuals and families with information and resources. To register for a group, or to learn more, contact Area 12 Agency on Aging staff at (209) 532-6272, area12.org.
Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive
There’s a remarkable treasure nestled behind the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora: The Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive, a haven for historical researchers interested in learning more about local, regional and Gold Rush history. The archive includes more than 4,500 rare books and periodicals; photographs; newspapers; maps; documents and letters; and a 250,000-card index compiled by Mr. De Ferrari over 50 years. Charles Dyer, county records manager, can provide information on how to access this treasure: (209) 536-1163.
Catholic Charities’ Mother Lode Office
This Sonora office is the base for several programs serving the foothills region: The Mother Lode Ombudsman Program,Outreach and Engagement Program, and Legal Aid to those 60 and older. A new “Grace” program provides last-resort help to individuals in need. Phone: (209) 532-7632, website: ccstockton.net. To read the story on Catholic Charities in FAN’s Spring 2010 issue, click here.
Commissions on Aging
These volunteer panels serve as a voice for seniors throughout Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, addressing a range of issues ~ medical care, affordable housing, transportation and much more ~ and future needs. Members are appointed by county supervisors, and new members are needed in each county.
Tuolumne County Commission on Aging meets monthly at the Area 12 Agency on Aging, 19080 Standard Rd., Standard. Anyone who is interested in senior issues is encouraged to attend. The group honors county centenarians with a special ceremony; an application is available on the COA website. To read our story on the commission from our Winter 2008-2009 issue, click here. Read their blog at tuolumnecountycommissiononaging.blogspot.com.
Calaveras County Commission on Aging meets monthly at Calaveras Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas. It produces a senior resource directory called The Senior Scope, available at libraries and senior centers, and hosts an annual spring luncheon honoring volunteers. More commission members are needed. For info, go online to calaverascountycoa.org.
Common Ground Senior Services
This Jackson-based nonprofit provides senior services in Amador and Calaveras counties, including nutrition, information and transportation programs. 223-3641, cgseniors.org.
Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL)
This nonprofit provides a host of essential services for the disabled. From offices in Sonora, Modesto and Stockton, its staff serves seven counties with a budget of about $1.2 million. The Sonora office, open 9am-5pm weekdays, serves Tuolumne, Mariposa, Calaveras, Amador and Alpine counties. Services include access to adaptive and assistive technologies, minor home modifications or safety repairs, help with taxes, procuring benefits, computer training and more. Read the FAN article on DRAIL from our Autumn 2008 issue by clicking here. Contact DRAIL at (209) 532-0963, or visit the website, drail.org.
Read about the signs of elder abuse, in a flyer in English and Spanish provided by the Center for a Non Violent Community: Red Flags for Abuse.
The Job Connection in Sonora is at 19890 Cedar Road North, off Greenley Road. It is operated by Mother Lode Job Training, an agency that oversees four job centers serving workers and employers in Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. The centers are primarily federally funded, and operated in partnership with the state Employment Development Department and other workforce agencies. Call them at 588-1150, or visit online, motherlodejobconnection.org.
Low-income residents can find workplace retraining through SER, Jobs for Progress, a federally funded nonprofit program that retrains low-income seniors. Contact Judy Ospital, 754-4242.
Check out these websites for tips on safety and prevention:
U.S. Fire Administration, for myriad resources and information: usfa.fema.gov
Compliance and Safety, a private firm, has created a great list of key tips: complianceandsafety.com/safety-tips
National Safety Council: nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances
Friendship & Clubs
In Calaveras County:
Any woman in Calaveras County, either a newcomer or longtime resident, is invited to monthly meetings of Calaveras Neighbors and Newcomers, monthly at local restaurants. Guest speakers cover topics ranging from the local wine industry, available social and emergency services, art, gardening, and the history of Calaveras County. Learn more at mycnn.org.
Calaveras Senior Citizens Club meets twice-monthly for lunch and bingo at the Murphys Senior Center. The club is open to those 50 and older; lunch alternates between brown-bagging it, and catered lunch (by the senior center) for $5.50 per person. Call Sylvia Martin to learn more: 795-4909.
In Tuolumne County:
Tuolumne County Newcomers Club meets monthly at different locations; dues are $20 per year, plus cost of any event; contact Gina Wein, 532-4864, www.tcnc.org. Gold Country Social Club meets for lunch monthly at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., East Sonora; dues are $12 a year, luncheons $10; call 532-4144.
Sierra Foothills Women’s Club: Charitable, educational and social club founded in 1989. Meets first Tuesday at noon, East Sonora Conference and Banquet Center, 14270 Mono Way, Sonora. Program follows luncheon. For information, reservation, call 588-0539.
A 24-hour, toll-free telephone help line is now open to older adults: 1 (800) 971-0016. The Friendship Line provides reassuring support and help in getting to needed care for older adults who may be lonely, depressed, bereaved, or possibly suicidal. The line is open for calls at any hour, and connects callers with a staff member or trained volunteer who can provide assistance, support, links to other services or just a listening ear.
Help in researching your genealogy is available at family history centers in Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador counties:
Tuolumne County 19481 Hillsdale Rd., Sonora, 536-9206; 10am-4pm and 6:30-9pm Tues.-Thurs.; closed first Thurs. of month.
Calaveras County 400 Bret Harte Rd., Murphys, 728-9818; 1-4pm Tues.-Thurs., Wed, 6-9pm by appointment.
Amador County 12924 Ridge Rd., Sutter Creek, 267-1139, 9:30am-4:30pm Tues.-Thurs., 7-9pm Tues. and Thurs. by appointment.
For a complete list of Family History Centers in California, visit this website: familysearch.org.
A support group meets twice monthly in Sonora for grandparents who are taking a second turn at parenting. Area 12 Agency on Aging is sponsoring the free group. To register or learn more, call Kristin Milhoff at 532-6272, area12.org.
For a list of grief support services featured in our Autumn 2011 Issue, click here: Grief Support Resources.
Health and Human Services: InfoNet
The Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) maintains a website connecting readers with health and human services in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Alpine counties: www.infonettc.org.
Two agencies provide care and support for the terminally ill and their families in the Tuolumne-Calaveras region. Included is nursing care, grief support and much more, using a multidisciplinary team approach.
Hospice of the Sierra serves Tuolumne and Calaveras counties from offices at 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora. Contact them at (209) 536-5709. The program operates under Sonora Regional Medical Center, sonoramedicalcenter.org.
Hospice of Amador and Calaveras serves Amador and Calaveras counties from offices at 1500 S. Highway 49, Jackson. Contact them at (209) 223-5500. Online at hospiceofamador.org.
Meals on Wheels
For those who are homebound or disabled and unable to cook for themselves, Meals on Wheels provides balanced meals. In Tuolumne County, contact Sierra Senior Providers, 533-2622, sierraseniorproviders.org. In Calaveras County, contact Common Ground Senior Services, 736-9996, cgseniors.org.
The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office provides tips on home and personal safety through its Safer Seniors program. Tuolumne County DA Safer Seniors Tips. AT&T sponsors a website that can provide email scam alerts, plus a host of valuable resource information aimed at keeping seniors safe from fraud and abuse: scamnot.org.
Scam and Fraud Hotline: (209) 588-1221
Tuolumne and Calaveras county seniors who receive solicitations that seem too good to be true, or suspicious emails, are urged to report the activity. A new scam hotline is open 8am-8pm Monday through Friday. Callers may remain anonymous, and will be asked a series of questions aimed at identifying recurring scams. The hotline was created by a team of law enforcement and financial specialists working to protect seniors from fraud. It’s manned by members of the Community Service Unit of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department. If you receive suspicious emails, don’t open them, says CSU’s Dave Clevenger; forward them to email@example.com. CSU volunteers will track them to their source, to reduce virus and hack attacks. Call Clevenger at 536-9828 for more info.
Senior Resource Service
This Tuolumne County nonprofit group operates a transportation program, matching volunteers with seniors who need rides to medical appointments and essential errands, and also maintains a senior resource directory. This guide includes contact information for everything from health care and housing to transportation and emergency services, “anything a senior might need,” says Judy Finley, SRS president. Visit their website to download a copy, newly updated: seniorresourceservice.org.
For a list of senior centers in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties, click on this link: Foothill Senior Centers.
Senior Network Meetings
Tuolumne County Senior Network involves representatives from a host of agencies and businesses dedicated to coordinating and improving senior support and services. 2013 schedule: 8:30-10am on second Thursday of each month in the conference room at Area 12 Agency on Aging, 19074 Standard Road, Sonora.
Calaveras County Senior Network 2013 schedule: The group meets at 9am on third Thursday of each month at the CalWorks building in San Andreas.
In Tuolumne County, Sonora Kiwanis Club volunteers will visit your home to inspect the smoke alarms, and then install new alarms or new batteries. This service is free to anyone 60 or older. For the hearing impaired, a special strobe-equipped alarm can be installed, also at no charge. 586-1180
Social Security Office: This office, serving foothills residents, is at 745 Morningstar Drive, Sonora. Phone: 1-888-397-4125.
Mended Hearts group, helping patients recover from the emotional impact of heart disease. Meets monthly in Sonora. Contact Joanne Rios, 536-3721.
Transportation options in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties have been detailed by the Community Cares Coalition in this newly released (Jan. 2013) chart: Transportation Options Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties 2013.
For public transit services in Amador County, visit online at amadortransit.com.
Senior Resource Service, a nonprofit group, offers free rides within Tuolumne County to seniors with no other means of transportation. Volunteer drivers are needed. Call Judy Finley, (209) 588-9408, or visit online, seniorresourceservice.org.
Sierra Senior Providers, based at the Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora, provides seniors age 60-plus with rides to medical or related appointments. (209) 694-8645. sierraseniorproviders.org.
Common Ground Senior Services, a nonprofit serving Amador and Calaveras counties, operates a senior transportation program. 223-3641, cgseniors.org.
Volunteer Center of Calaveras County provides rides to the disabled and others of any age, to medical appointments in Calaveras County and Sonora. Donations accepted; reserve rides at least a week in advance; volunteers needed. 754-1699, calaverasvolunteer.com.
Foothill Rideshare is a free service that matches drivers and passengers in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties.
Read the latest issue of Friends and Neighbors for a “Volunteers Needed” listing updated quarterly. Or, this online directory can link you with local organizations that will welcome your skills and enthusiasm: 1-800-volunteer.org. You can also call Sierra NonProfit Services in Sonora (533-1093, www.sierranonprofit.org) to chat one-on-one about available volunteer jobs. In Calaveras County, find local volunteer opportunities by calling (209) 754-1699, calaverasvolunteer.com.
These key phone numbers and information sources appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of FAN.
STATE AND NATIONAL
American Society on Aging, www.asaging.org
American Association of Retired Persons, www.aarp.org
Red Cross, Senior Disaster Preparedness, www.redcross.org
California Department of Aging, www.aging.ca.gov
Cancer Support and Information, www.cancer.org
California court forms, www.ezlegalfile.org
Disability Resource Agency, drail.org
Domestic violence prevention, www.womenslaw.org
Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, www.stopfalls.org
Federal Citizen Information Center, www.pueblo.gsa.gov
Federal Senior Services and Information, www.usa.gov/topics/seniors.shtml
Financial Planning Association, www.plannersearch.org
Foreclosure information and help, www.foreclosureinfoca.org
H.E.L.P. Senior Legal and Care Challenges, www.help4srs.org
Basic legal resources and info, www.lawhelpcalifornia.org
Mental Illness Information and Support, www.nami.org
National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov
National Family Caregivers Association, www.nfcacares.org
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, www.nhpco.org
National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org
Online Job Search, www.caljobs.ca.gov
Prescription Assistance Programs, www.pparx.org/intro.php
Scam awareness and prevention, scamnot.org
Senior Citizen and Low Income Housing, www.hud.gov/groups/seniors.cfm
Social Security Administration, general information,www.socialsecurity.gov
- Direct link to Retirement and/or Spouse’s benefits application: https://secure.ssa.gov/iCLM/rib
- Direct link to Disability Application: http://www/ssa.gov/applyfordisability/
Skilled Nursing facilities, nationwide directory, www.skillednursingfacilities.org
Veterans’ Employment Information, www.fedshirevets.gov/
Other Websites We Like
Columbia College Library research site, http://www.gocolumbia.edu/library/
Craig’s List, classified ads for Mother Lode region, www.craigslist.org
Feedbooks, free downloadable books from public domain, www.feedbooks.com
Godfrey Research Library, www.godfrey.org
i-Neighbors project of University of Pennsylvania, www.i-Neighbors.org
Iwo Jima documentary, http://www.archive.org/details/iwojima
Online archive of California, http://www.oac.cdlib.org/
Wolfram/Alpha, computational search engine answers questions, www.wolframalpha.com