Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street
|DMCC Van Driver Richard Halsey (at top) with
Grocery Van riders.
Photo courtesy DMCC.
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The Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) non-profit’s gala “At Last” held at the newly-opened Town Hall was a jolly party indeed. Cocktails were served on the patio followed by a buffet dinner indoors where the band played, guests danced, auction items were bid on.
The event raised contributing funds for the organization that supports and serves senior citizens in Del Mar. DMCC is a busy, organized, welcoming, central meeting place at 225 9th Street for Del Mar’s senior citizens to come together. A major aim of the volunteer-driven organization is to offer services and interesting things to do that enrich the lives of seniors to aid in allowing them to live at home. Open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, the DMCC originates numerous programs and activities, with a club atmosphere, for in-house group activities. Among the wide-ranging scope of options, one can join computer tutoring sessions, a book group, mah jongg or bridge games, yoga, an investment group, a seminar on healthy aging, a bi-monthly lunch group that sometimes presents guest speakers, free for residents of Del Mar. These alone can add up to an extraordinarily full schedule! But, there is more.
DMCC makes good use of the invention of the wheel with its shuttle service. This handy transportation relieves seniors 60 years and older who are unable to operate a vehicle of the stress of trying to get around. Every Monday and Wednesday seniors, who must be registered as part of the Transportation Program, are picked up at home to board a van to grocery and other stores for shopping. Once a month they can choose to meet at the center to go to various cultural events including theater, opera, movies, lectures by van. A host volunteer is along for the ride to assist with getting in and out of the van or with shopping. One of the DMCC’s two vans, the Foxy Flyer, is wheelchair accessible. For individual medical and other essential appointments, a troop of volunteers drive their own cars to pick up and chauffeur seniors to and from their appointments. Both volunteer drivers and senior passengers report that rides are a good time to get to know one another, a time that often turns into friendships. All drivers are qualified through an application process in association with the San Diego County Volunteer Driver Coalition that includes finger printing, background checks, insurance clearances, and an orientation session before any paid or volunteer drivers get behind the wheel. Seniors can also use the Dial-A-Ride discounted taxi vouchers, but they pay for those rides.
DMCC is a source for links to many local organizations and senior-focused businesses. For more information or to volunteer: www.dmcc.cc.