HBCOA 714.374.1524 • SENIOR CENTER IN CENTRAL PARK 714.536.5600 • HOAG HEALTH & WELLNESS PAVILION 714.374.1578 • TRANSPORTATION 714.374.1742
HBCOA at the forefront of aging issues
Officially recognized by the City Council of Huntington Beach as representing its local senior citizens, the HBCOA was awarded non-profit status in 1973 and has always been at the forefront of aging issues. During the design stage of the new Senior Center in Central Park, the City Council directed the HBCOA to provide input related to the overall design of the new center.
Greetings from my home to yours!
As we continue on this COVID-19 journey together, I want to bring you a few updates on behalf of the HBCOA Board of Directors. Your Board has moved our monthly meetings to the ZOOM virtual platform. If you have interest in being a guest participant, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-378-5531 for instructions.
HBCOA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and has set up a special fund to receive and distribute donations specifically for seniors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are able to give, please visit https://hbcoa.org/coronavirus-donations/ or write a check to HBCOA, with memo COVID, and mail it to the HBCOA at 18041 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach CA 92648. If you are a Huntington Beach senior in need, please contact the Senior Center in Central Park for assistance at 714-536-5600.
One of two annual HBCOA fundraisers, the On Course Golf Tournament, has been postponed to October 2, 2020. We look forward to a fun and successful event. More information about this will be sent out in the coming weeks.
HBCOA exists to raise funds to support the services provided to Huntington Beach seniors through the Senior Center in Central Park. It is our privilege to serve in this important role and we look forward to what the future has for our wonderful seniors.
Senior Center Director
Charles Dickens probably said it best when he wrote something about the best of times and worst of times. Certainly these would qualify for the worst of times. And in the wake of these most uncertain weeks and months, the best of the best rise up and confront adversity.
Since March 16, the Center has been closed to the public. On that day, Meals on Wheels OC (MOWOC) started to give out frozen lunches for seniors to take home. This became the new normal at the Center. Frozen meal giveaways now happen Tuesday and Thursday. Since March, thousands of meals have been distributed. Participants must be registered with MOW to receive these meals, given out 7 at a time. In April MOWOC distributed over 50,000 frozen meals throughout their sites. We continue to average over 175 cars per Tues/Thurs.
Slowly the reality of this pandemic took hold completely. Volunteers could no longer be utilized, regardless of their age. Paid staff over 65 were to remain at home. Over 80% of the volunteers at the Senior Center are over 65! Several key part time staff members are over 65. Services at the Center would have come to a halt had it not been for our network of Community Service employees. These employees from other centers that are closed, took over the reins and have handled thousands of phone calls, provided much needed referrals, and handled home delivered food distribution routes Mon— Fri. Staff also help transport seniors to much needed medical rides, helping to keep Surf City Seniors on the Go! moving. Thanks to amazing training from our wonderful care management team and our recreation staff, Senior Center Services were never interrupted. Much has yet to be done. Seniors continue to need help. Other seniors in Huntington Beach are reaching out. Please go to www.hbcoa.org/coronavirus-donations/ and consider donating to the COVID 19 relief fund. This will help in many ways. Stay safe, stay home.
Randy Pesqueira, Director