What's Happening at WhitneySenior Friendship Circle Leader– Senior Friendship Circle volunteers are greatly needed to lead a small group by initiating a weekly phone chat! RSVP is currently organizing small groups of 3-4 individuals, in the Greater St. Cloud Area to gather via phone conference calling for weekly visits. The volunteer will schedule and initiate weekly phone visits with their group using their own phone conference calling feature (conference calling can be done through land-lines or smart phones - instructions provided). Volunteers may lead conversations related to the interest of the group, discuss current events, have a movie or book discussion, or simply check in to say hello. Seeking volunteers with an interest in meeting weekly with a small group of seniors to cultivate friendships and stimulate conversations. The Minnesota Warmline
Need to talk? Someone is there to listen.
Open Monday-Saturday, 5 PM to 10 PM
Toll Free 877.404.3190
or text “Support” to 85511
The Minnesota Warmline provides a peer-to-peer approach to mental health recovery, support and wellness. Calls are answered by our team of professionally trained Certified Peer Specialists, who have first hand experience living with a mental health condition.
The Warmline provides a safe, anonymous and confidential environment to connect with people who are here to listen…here to help.
Helping Minnesota’s Older Adults during COVID-19
Refer to MDH for COVID-19 Information in Minnesota
To protect the public's health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, please follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the state’s most up-to-date guidelines and information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html .
Call the Senior LinkAge Line Available at 1-800-333-2433
The Senior LinkAge Line will continue to be a resource for older adults and their families to call during this emergency situation. We can help people find resources and make connections with alternative services, if someone’s provider or support network has changed or temporarily stopped providing services. The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA), Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) are working closely together to share information and ensure that all parts of the state have the resources they need to support older Minnesotans and caregivers.
Help for Older Adults
If you are on Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care or Essential Community Supports, contact your case manager/care coordinator to discuss your needs. If you are not on one of these programs call the Senior LinkAge Line for help finding resources in your community including:
- Home-delivered meals
- Grocery or prescription drug delivery
- Help in your home
- Caregiver consultants and respite services
At this time the Whitney Senior Center is still closed
, but we are still here to help you. We do not have dates for when we are opening. Your safety is our upmost importance. We will continue to keep you updated through the weekly e-newsletter.
Please take advantage of the Senior Friendship Circles
and the many opportunities to connect with us virtually. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call. We are staffed Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30.
We are still collecting masks. We are also distributing the masks - one per person. If you are in need of a mask, please give us a call.
If you are looking for a way to put your time and talents to good use we are looking for community members willing to make and donate cloth masks for at risk community members. In partnership with other Human Service organizations we are asking you to consider helping with this important task. The link below from the CDC indicates how masks are used and beneficial. It also shows a number of patterns for making masks. Completed masks can be dropped off at Whitney Senior Center West Door (1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud) in the covered bin marked MASKS. The bin will be available Monday-Friday 8-4:30p.m. Please give us a call if you are willing to help with this project. We can be reached at 320-255-7245.
Senior Dining Frozen Meal Distribution Monday-Wednesday 11:00 am -12:30pm
Wonderful frozen meals are available for curbside pick-up from 11a.m.-12:30p.m. each Monday-Wednesday from the East Wing Parking lot of Whitney Senior Center. These nutritious meals are prepared by Catholic Charities and made available each week. To register and/or reserve meals call 320-229-4584.