Financial Wellness and Care
This program provides bill payer and representative payee services to low income individuals age 55 and older who lack the ability to effectively manage their own financial affairs. A sister program to CCAOSA’s Guardianship Program, the Financial Wellness and Care Program is a less restrictive alternative to entering into legal guardianship. The goal of this program is to prevent financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of the aging community. For more information please call Ruby Rodriguez, Financial Wellness and Care Case Manager at 210-226-6178.
This program offers legal guardianship services, including less restrictive alternatives, for those who lack mental capacity due to illness or disability, and who are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. With the goal of protecting the most vulnerable in our society by ensuring their safety in the community, the Guardianship Services creates 1/3 of all guardianships established in Bexar County. For additional information call LaSonya Robinson, Guardianship Legal Case Manager at 210-455-6105.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. “One stop shopping” for all volunteers who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities, RSVP helps make volunteering a more meaningful experience by offering information, support and guidance. Offering a full range of volunteer options with thousands of local and national organizations, volunteers are able to choose how and where they want to serve, choose the amount of time they want to give and whether they want to draw on their skills or develop new ones. The goal of RSVP is to bring together local agencies and organizations with senior citizens age 55 and over wishing to volunteer within their community in an area that interests them. Call Darryl Greer, program director, at 210-222-1294 x231 for additional information.
Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends to children with exceptionalities and special needs. The FGP allows individuals age 55 and older to remain active and productive by serving children in the community. In that way, this program is mutually beneficial to children and seniors and results in a kind, compassionate experience for all involved. If you are interested in mentoring special needs children you must be 55 or older, income eligible (based on government poverty guidelines) and in good health. Income eligible Foster Grandparents receive a modest stipend to help offset the cost of volunteering and serve between 15-40 hours per week. Call Darryl Greer, program director, for additional information at 210-222-1294 x231.
Project Cool is a city wide initiative addressing the need to provide relief from record breaking summer temperatures for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Each year, hundreds of individuals are hospitalized for heat related illnesses and death due to increased temperatures during the summer months. Additionally, Project Cool aims to reduce utility costs by providing an alternative to air conditioning for those who may be living on a fixed income. Through a partnership with the City of San Antonio, United Way and the San Antonio Fire Department, Project Cool provides 20″ box fans to thousands of elderly and disabled individuals throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas. With multiple Project Cool sites located throughout the city of San Antonio, including Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center and several catholic churches within the city, Project Cool is able to distribute fans through these sites to those most in need. If you are need of a fan call United Way Helpline at 211 for a Project Cool site nearest you. For additional information about this program, please call Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205.