The Department of Aging and Human Services provides a wide variety of programs and services to the county’s senior residents and other segments of the population in need.
The department works to serve the community’s needs through Maryland Access Point, senior information and assistance, home and community-based services, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the senior center operations, and community programs and outreach.
The home-delivered meals program is designed to ensure homebound seniors ages 60 and older receive nutritionally balanced meals. Department staff and volunteers deliver meals on a regular schedule to seniors who are unable to prepare meals. For information, or to volunteer as a delivery driver, call 301-475-4200, ext. *1060.
Home and community-based services
The home and community-based services division includes programs that support older adults living independently in the community, caregiver support and respite assistance, and the senior care and the long-term care ombudsman programs. MAP/I&A staff members provide seniors and their families with guidance and referrals to appropriate resources. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.
Senior activity centers
The department operates three activity center locations dedicated to providing individuals ages 50 and up with a place to socialize and participate in activities with their peers. Activities and programs take place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and noon every weekday.
Garvey Senior Activity Center
41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown
301-475-4200, ext. *1050
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellor’s Run Road, Great Mills
301-475-4200, ext. *1658
Northern Senior Activity Center
29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall
301-475-4002, ext. *3101
Seniors can get current information by visiting www.stmarysmd.com/aging or calling 301-475-4200, ext.*1050.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
RSVP manages a large corps of volunteers ages 55 and older who donate their time and talents to local county agencies and nonprofit groups. RSVP utilizes more than 280 senior volunteers who donate more than 30,000 hours of community service. For information, call 301-737-5670, ext. *1653.
The Senior Rides Program provides door-to-door transportation to medical and social appointments, shopping and basic errands. This service is available for individuals 60 and older who lack reliable transportation and are unable to utilize public transit options. For information, or to volunteer as a driver, call 301-475-4200, ext. *1066.
The Human Services Division provides coordination, oversight and monitoring of programs and services for children and families. The division addresses homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness and the coordination of drug prevention efforts. Human Services supports programs such as Teen Court, Christmas Caring and Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many, also known as WARM.
To learn more
Sign up for delivery of the department’s newsletter, New Beginning, by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1073. Pick up the newsletter at any of the department’s locations.
Read the Senior spotlight, published weekly in The Enterprise.
Visit the department’s Facebook page or its website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging.