Bay Aging community action agency assistance programs.

Serving both low income families and the elderly, Bay Aging provides a number of assistance programs in the counties of Gloucester, Essex, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, Richmond, Westmoreland, and Northumberland. The non-profit offers referrals to emergency financial aid (such as for rent, utilities, and medical care) as well as food and other basic needs. A key focus though is on seniors, and programs such as Meals on Wheels or Senior Employment are services available. The main resources administered are below.

MedCarry is transportation. This is administered as a form of non-emergency, medical transportation for people who now lack it. Maybe they don't have a vehicle or are not able to drive as they are disabled or elderly. Volunteers partner with Bay Aging and use their personal vehicles to transport clients to pharmacies, their medical appointments to doctors, community clinics, and other treatment centers. Call 758.8852.

Service Outreach for Seniors and Information and Assistance provides referrals and support for the elderly and their caretakers. They can access management options and take part in assessments for those who are 60 years and older. Referrals may be offered to low income housing, application sites for Medicare benefits, food stamps, and other public aid in Virginia. In Middle Peninsula dial 1.800.693.6109 or in Northern Neck, call 1.800.493.0238.

Emergency Services may be offered by Bay Aging and partners. The resources aid low income citizens with energy bill assistance, rent and mortgage payments, clothing, emergency food and even transportation. The focus is on helping low income residents of the region, including the counties of Essex, Northumberland, and Westmoreland, with staying housed and healthy.

Employment Programs for career changers or the unemployed are available across Virginia. Community action agencies offer coaching, career counseling and job seeker services. This can include free job searches and resume writing assistance. This, and more, is available. The employment services goals from Bay Aging focus on helping clients both find and maintain employment.

Many non-profits across the state participate in Virginia CARES. This is a re-entry program for adult prisoners. They can be provided with housing, identification cards, clothing, and job placement. The goal is to reintegrate them in the local region.




Bay Aging Meals on Wheels is available, often in partnership with charities such as the Salvation Army. Volunteers from across Essex, Lancaster, Matthews, Gloucester, and other counties bring USDA approved meals to homebound frail and seniors. In most cases, the free meals are delivered by church and community group volunteers. There are also holiday services, including on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The WALOP, or We All Love Our Pets program, is a component of Meals on Wheels. The main goal of WALOP is to provide funds to local community action agencies and non-profits, including in Virgina. They will use the money to purchase and deliver free pet food to the Meals on Wheels recipients who have pets. Other donations and grants for this program have been provided by the Animal Care Society, the Animal Welfare League, as well as Wal-Mart Corporation.

Medical care, or at least information on it, is part of Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) and Medicare Part D. The Bay Aging program counsels, educates and assists older consumers on long-term care insurance, medical benefit programs, Medicare, and more. The program can help with Long-Term Care Partnerships, Medicaid, Medicare, SSDI disability benefits, and Part D, among other government benefits.

A Personal Care Assistant is available, often for a small fee. They will help with daily living activities such as dressing, grooming, bathing, light housekeeping, meal preparation and bedfast care. They may also take part in delivering USDA approved meals to clients.

Respite is offered for senior and disabled caregivers. They are offered this service by Bay Aging and can take advantage of it for stress relief. It will also offer personal time for caregivers. The respite service will cover for them so they can address any other needs or family concerns.

The federally government funded Senior Employment Program, which is sometimes called the Older Worker Program, provides job skills, part-time work experience and job placement assistance for adults age 55 and older. There is help offered for those who have been retired, older adults that are disabled or unemployed, and assistance for residents would like to get back into the workforce. This program also provides local, Virginia based employers with a pool of reliable, mature and loyal workers.





Assistance for Veterans is offered by Bay Aging in partnership with other groups, such as the Virginia Department for the Aging as well as Veteran's Administration. Together they offer referrals, coordinate health care needs, provide housing, and more through the Independence Programs. All of these groups want to offer veterans the best possible care and assistance.

Free Legal Aid is for seniors and the elderly. Bay Aging, working with pro-bono law firms, provides low income, older individuals 60 years of age and older with counseling or other appropriate legal advice. It is available for low income residents and those with economic or social needs.

The assistance offered by law students or paralegal under the direct supervision of an attorney, and is available in Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula region. It deals with civil matters, such as eviction, foreclosures, or the denial of government benefits.

The Bay Aging offers this and more. While as noted the focus is on seniors, they also operate at the local community action agency and thereby offer other aid as well. The main address is 5306 Old Virginia Street, Urbanna, VA 23175, telephone: (804) 758-2386.




By Jon McNamara

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