Governmental and private agencies in Northern Virginia offer a wide variety of services for the elderly. To help senior citizens locate these services, The Virginia Weekly continues a listing of agencies that provide help. The listing will be continued in coming weeks. SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM
Three sites are administered by the Hopkins House Association under the direction of Mrs. Anice Wilson.
Charles Houston Center: 901 Wythe St.
Potmac West Nutrition: Luther Rice College, 3600 Commonwealth Ave.
St. Martin's: 4650 Taney Ave. (in conjunction with Catholic Charities).
All four sites are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 549-4232.
Two sites are administered by the Department of Senior Service. Both provide lunch Monday through Friday at noon and either can provide special medically prescribed diets. Transportation to both facilities is available. Home deliveries for shut-ins are also available and should be arranged through the Purcellville site.
Purcellville: Loudoun Valley Community Center, Paula Rose, superior - (703) 338-4883.
Leesburg: Douglas Community Center, Lou Terrell, supervisor - (703) 777-6677.
A third site is scheduled to open this spring in Arcola Community Center. For information concerning this site contact Kathleen Bocek at the Office of Senior Services - (703) 777-0257.
Three sites are administered by the Agency on Aging. All are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing entertainment, nutrition education, and a hot lunch at noon. Transportation is available and should be arranged through the site closest to your home. For information call the site or Billy Gress, project director - 558-2788. Information may also be obtained by calling 558-2105.
Thomas Jefferson Community Center: 3501 S. 2nd St. - 521-4390.
Gunsten Community Center: 2700 S. Lang St. - 684-8977.
Drew School: 3500 S. 24th St. - 920-3167.
A fourth site is scheduled to open February 6 at the Wilson Senior Center, located at the Wilson School, 1601 Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn. This site will provide the same services as the existing sites. For information, contact the project director.
Saunders B. Moon Senior Citizen Center: 8100 Fordson Rd., Mt. Vernon - 360-2100 (offers a hot meal service in the Mt. Vernon and Lee areas).
Bailey's Crossroads: Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. Transportation available within a three-mile radius. For information, call Jackie Reisner at 820-2131 between 7 and 9 a.m., or 1 and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Groveton: Groveton Elementary School, 6900 Harrison La., Alexandra. Transportation available within a three-mile radius. For information, call Mrs. Lesser at 765-7011 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Herndon: United Methodist Church, 655 Spring St., Herndon. Transportation available in the Herndon, Reston and Great Falls areas. For information, call Mrs. Marsh at 435-0558 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. MEALS ON WHEELS
Each week days a hot meal is delivered to the elderly in a program operated by the Visiting Nurses Association of Northern Virginia. The charge is about $12.50 per week; rate, however, may be adjusted for low income persons.
Visiting Nurse Association: 5055 S. Chesterfield Dr., Arlington - 671-1228 (information and referral service).
Alexandria Meals on Wheels: 3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria - 751-9866.
Franconia Meals on Wheels: 5916 Bush Hill Dr. Alexandria - 971-4072.
Manassas Meals on Wheels: 8623 Weems Rd., Manassas - (703) 368-5507.
Mt. Vernon Meals on Wheels: 1120 Morningside Dr., Alexandria - 768-7920.
Meals on Wheels of Northern Virginia: Northern Virginia Doctor's Hospital: 601 Carlyn Springs Rd., Arlington - 671-1228 (serves Annandale, McLean, Arlington, Falls Church).
Reston-Herndon Meals on Wheels: St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave., Reston - 860-2115.
Springfield Meals on Wheels (ECHO): 5315 Garner St., Springfield - 941-4806.
Vienna-Dun Loring-Oakon Meals on Wheels: 2201 Tott Ave., Vienna - 938-8879.
Fairfax Meals on Wheels: Box 41, Fairfax - 273-4827. FOOD SERVICE IN YOUR HOME
Fairfax County Department of Extension and Continuing Education will send a technician to visit you in your home to assist you in food budgeting, purchasing, planning menus and food preparation. Call 691-3433. TRANSPORTATION
The American Red Cross provides transportation for personal needs five days a week on a set schedule. For information, call 777-7171 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Emergency transportation is also available.For emergency service call 777-2331, 777-1507, or 777-3319.
Fish: Middleburg - 687-8771. Provides emergency transportation to anyone on a daily basis.
Persons requiring transportation for essential needs should call 691-3253 for referral to the appropriate agency.
The Fairfax County Red Cross operates seven station wagons and provides door to door transportation to the elderly for essential needs anywhere in Fairfax County as well as in the Metropolitan Washington area where County residents need to go for medical appointments, Veteran Administration offices and social services agencies. For information, contact Turner Rice at 591-8087.
Saunders B. Moon Center: 8100 Fordson Rd., Mt. Vernon - 360-6041.
Operates four vehicles which service seniors on a door to door basis. At least two day's notice is required for pickups, although emergency runs are accepted.
Assist - 534-8989.
Operates two mini-buses which provide door to door transportation to seniors on a prescheduled basis, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 25 cent donation is requested. Assist also offers subscription transportation, which can be requested in advance for trips which are made regularly, on a continuing basis; group service (for three or more persons), and emergency service. Service requets should be made one day in advance.
The Fairfax Community Action Program operates a 15-passenger van, twice daily, Monday through Friday, on a set route and schedule. The route starts in Herndon, goes through Reston, and loops around Fairfax City and Fairfax Hospital. For information, contact Grace Borders at 960-1000.
Senior Citizen's Employment and Services of Alexandria, Inc., a private, non-profit organization offers two transportation programs: a subsidized taxi service, and a senior "trolley."
The subsidized taxi operates Monday through Friday, providing transportation for medical appointments and for shopping. Passengers pay 50 cents each way. One day advance notice is required.
The senior "trolley" is a bus which operates Monday, Thursday and Friday and on a set schedule. Passengers pay 20 cents each way.
Those unable to pay will not be denied either of these services. For information, call 836-4414.
Fish - 549-4441, will provide emergency transportation for anyone.
The American Red Cross provides shopping transportation for seniors over 60, and will shop for the home-bound. Emergency transportation is also available. For information, call 527-3010.
Fish - 522-8600, will provide emergency transportation for anyone. BANKING, INSURANCE, SECURITIES, UTILITIES
The Virginia State Corporation Commission will provide seniors with information concerning public utilities, banking (in state chartered banks), and the purchase of insurance and securities. Call toll free - 1-800-552-9760. Correction
In the November 17 Virginia Weekly it was incorrectly reported that Alexandria City residents should concerning personal property tax relief. Alexandria City does not have such a program. Senior Citizens should call this number for information concerning real estate tax relief and rent relief.