Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Meeting the needs of Older Adults and those with disabilities in Southwest Michigan

Who we are ...


Senior Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities anywhere.  We provide vital, life sustaining services to our clients.  Serving Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, as well as other portions of Southwest Michigan, our organization has been caring for those in need for over 50 years.  Our integrated model of care helps keep our clients living safely within their own homes.  With just one call to Senior Services a complete array of services become available.  When you call Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, "One call does it all".


To learn more about our nationally recognized organization or any of our services, please click on the name of any of the programs in the column on the left side of every page of our website.  Click here to view our Mission, Vision and Values.

 

 

Gwen Tulk – Michigan Senior Citizen of the Year


One hundred year old Gwen Tulk longtime Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer, was named Senior Citizen of the Year on May 17th, at the State Capitol in Lansing. Gwen was recognized for her volunteer efforts as a ‘hopper’ for MOW through RSVP- Your Invitation to Volunteer, a program of Senior Service. The prestigious award was presented by Richard Kline, Director, Aging and Adult Services Agency and Consumers Energy, OMD Sponsor.

Gwen received her award on Older Michiganians’ Day, a fitting tribute to a volunteer who has delivered meals to homebound older adults for three decades, and whose efforts with ‘Every grandchild By Two’ helped to increase Michigan’s immunization rate from 45% to 91% compliance. When Budget cuts threatened RSVP, Gwen wrote letters to the editor and gave testimony before the House, highlighting the dire effects any funding cuts would have on the program; she finished to a standing ovation.

We congratulate Gwen on this prestigious award which annually celebrates an older adult whose community has been enhanced through their active engagement, volunteerism and service to others. Special thanks to Director Kline and Shirley Bentsen of Aging & Adult Services Agency/Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Consumers Energy.  To watch a short video on Gwen as she receives the award CLICK HERE

 

 

Senior Corps Week is May 15th through the 19th

 

We appreciate RSVP Volunteers, Senior Companions & Foster Grandparents!

As the nation celebrates Senor Corps Week (May 15-19) we honor our Senior Corps Volunteers and the more than 245,000 older adult volunteers across the country giving to others through the Senior Corps – RSVP the Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program.

In the last year, 356 Senior Corps volunteer made life better for others in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties giving 59,244 hours with nearly 90 organizations and schools
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“It’s an honor to celebrate the important contributions made by Senior Corps volunteers. The tremendous impact each make in the lives of others, deserves our deepest appreciation. Their service is an inspiration.” says Robert Littke, President and CEO of Senior Services of Southwest Michigan.

From all of us at Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, THANK YOU for volunteering and making a difference for so many!
Volunteer with Senior Corps, You Can Make a Difference!

 

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps/senior-corps-week-2017

 

 

When are you too old to fall in love?

 

The answer will become perfectly clear in the Movie "The Age of Love" which will be shown free of charge at Celebration Cinema courtesy of the Portage Senior Center on Monday June 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

 

THE AGE OF LOVE follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70 to 90 year-olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it's an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change—or don't change—from first love to the far reaches of life.

 

To watch a short preview CLICK HERE.

 

Older Americans Month and upcoming events

 

Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month, to recognize the contributions older adults make in our communities and the challenges they face.

Older Michiganians Day
is celebrated on May17th at the Capitol in Lansing. Part of this program includes awarding one outstanding volunteer in the state with the “Senior Citizen of the Year” award in recognition of their efforts to enrich their community. Gwen Tulk, long time Meals on Wheels volunteer, was nominated and will be present when the winner is announced. This program, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm,  is open to anyone and includes an opportunity for advocacy with members of the House and Senate who will be on hand following the award presentation.

Celebrate Elderhood
recognition dinner will be held on May 18th, to honor individuals, programs and organizations which embrace best practices that benefit elders in our community.  Senior Services was nominated for the Service Excellence Award, and in addition, Jenny Miller and Laurie Havel individually nominated their programs.  

Also, this month, we will recognize outstanding volunteers, 55 and better, at our Annual Meeting Thursday May 25th. Be sure to sign up!

Save the Date! Senior Services’ 9th Annual Charity Golf Event

Are you tired of winter and need something to look forward to? Join us for our 9th Annual Charity Golf Event Monday June 5, 2017 at Gull Lake Country Club. Proceeds this year will be directed to our Meals on Wheels program, which currently has over 200 older adults on the waitlist.                                                                                

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special: $100 per player, $400 per team, if you register by March 31st.  After March 31st, $125 per player, $500 per team.


Fee includes:
18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, gift bag, fresh baked cookies at the turn, team photo, heavy Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and silent auction after golf.  Just follow the links to our Golf Brochure, or to Register Online today!

 

Food for All – Home Delivered Meals for Everyone!

 

Do you want to avoid the perils of shopping in extreme weather conditions, struggling against icy roads, poor visibility and slippery walkways? Try Food for All, and have the meals come to you!

Food for All is an affordable, easy way to stay safe in your home while enjoying a variety of good, nutritious, made from scratch meals. Customers can choose from a variety of meals depending on dietary needs. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, all it takes is one call to 382-0515 to get the ball rolling. Best of all, you can start and stop anytime.

Food for All is excellent for friends or family recently discharged from the hospital, but not up to cooking for themselves.  Just click Food for All on our homepage’s left hand column, to see menus and prices. If your New Year’s resolution is to simplify your life, this is a great way to start!

 

 

The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is available on-line...


You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults. 

This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web.  You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo. 

We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo.  We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...


CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.

You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading.  You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours. 

You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.




      

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Senior Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is a long standing member of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.  Senior Services is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan.


                

 

 

 

 

 

 

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