Health & Medical Benefits
The DC Office on Aging develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment, and social services for the District's elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. Its services include a city-run nursing home as well as Senior Centers throughout the District, all of which serve lunch.
The Center provides referrals and information about social services, health care, lawyers, immigration, and family counseling. Case workers are available to provide direct counseling for interpersonal, immigration, and employment problems. Job placement assistance is also available.
Mary's Center is demonstrating how improved access to prenatal and pediatric care, coupled with sensitivity to culture and family, lead to healthy mothers and healthy children. In addition, the Center, through its numerous programs, has undertaken initiatives to provide a dynamic child development program, intensive home visits for vulnerable families, case management for teen pregnancy prevention and planning, educational training to prevent school dropout, employment referral and placement, HIV testing and prevention, and a housing program designed to prevent homelessness.
The mission of the Office on Latino Affairs is to improve the quality of life of the District's Latino population by providing community-based grants, advocacy, community relations and outreach services to residents so they can have access to a full range of health, education, housing, economic development and employment services.
SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith, community-based organization helps meet the immediate daily needs of the people with food, clothing, and health care. They also offer services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.
Vida Senior Centers provides comprehensive health and social services organized into six programs: Health Promotion, Recreation and Socialization, Social Counseling, Nutrition, Transportation, and Education for Independent Living. The services provided under these programs are free and are bilingual and multicultural.