Senior Programs

Senior Companion HeaderAre you in need of companionship?

Would you like a friend to talk to who also helps keep you independent?

The Senior Companion Program connects lonely seniors with other seniors who want to share their time, experience, and compassion!

Senior Companions are not caregivers, they are trained companions who can help relieve some caregiver/family member responsibilities, such as running errands, going shopping, reading together, enjoying games, or by just becoming a good friend. Senior Companions serve up to 40 hours a week, completely free to the client, and have a variety of skills to help their client live productive meaningful lives!

If you are interested in connecting with a Senior Companion, please call Jeanna Burdine-Slaven, Senior Services Coordinator at 559-846-9329.

The Senior Services Division is here to serve and assist local seniors. The Senior Center provides activities, events and services such as hot meals, healthy living information, homebound meals for seniors, Classic Crafts class (Thursdays), bingo  (Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays), billiards (Monday through Friday), senior trips, computer classes and administers the local food bank.

Annual Events

Santa Photo - RitaCelebration of Living and Luncheon (Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging) Cinco De Mayo Celebration & Salsa Contest Easter Bonnet Parade Health Fair & Flu Shot Clinic (Fresno County Health Department) Fourth of July Celebration Halloween Luncheon & Costume Contest Holiday Dinner (Fresno Fire Chiefs Association) KSCO Holiday Food Drive Labor Day Celebration Memorial Day Celebration Thanksgiving Dinner-Dance (Salvation Army) Valentine’s Day Celebration Volunteer Recognition and Senior Citizens Prom

Senior Advisory Board

Join the Senior Advisory Board.  The Board meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am at the Senior Center Library, 720 S. 8th Street, Kerman.  Be a part of the group that makes recommendations on Senior Center events, trips and programs. Meeting times subject to change. Contact: Jeanna Burdine-Slaven at (559) 846-9329 to check monthly meeting times

Senior Out Reach

Provides assistance in evaluating older adults’ needs and provides information on community resources. An Outreach Worker will offer assistance during a telephone consultation or an in-home visit. Contact Jeanna Burdine-Slaven at (559) 846-9329.

Senior Companion

A voluntary program for seniors 60 and over who, for a small stipend, provide care-giving services to at-risk seniors. Companions serve seniors by reading, walking, listening, arranging transportation, and helping with meal preparation. Contact Jeanna Burdine-Slaven at (559) 846-9329.

Senior Nutrition

The Senior Nutrition program provides a hot lunch Monday through Friday at the Kerman Senior Center for persons 60 and older. Lunch is served at 11:00 a.m. Reservations need to be made one day in advance by contacting the Nutrition Coordinator at (559) 846-9330. Homebound meals are also available for those unable to leave their homes due to illness or disability. Meals are funded through the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging (FMAAA). For more information about the services FMAAA provides, log on to their website at www. fmaaa.org

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

The RSVP program is for persons 55 and over to share their life experiences and skills to answer the call of their neighbors in need. Giving from 4 to 10 hours per week, volunteers help by teaching children how to read, tutoring and mentoring children, counseling small businesses, assisting at health clinics, teaching other seniors how to use the internet, distributing food to the town’s homeless, help create a neighborhood recycling program, provide much needed support to non-profit agencies and help make the community stronger.

Contact Information
Main Office: (559) 846-8643
Fax: (559) 842-5217

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Location
Senior Center
720 S. Eight Street
Kerman, CA 93630

Staff
Phillip Gallegos
Recreation and Community Services Director
(559) 846-9328
pgallegos@cityofkerman.org

Jeanna Burdine-Slaven
Senior Center Events Coordinator 

(559) 846-9329
jburdine@cityofkerman.org

Vanessa Lujan
Kerman Senior Center Nutrition Coordinator
(559) 846-9330
vlujan@cityofkerman.org

Barbara Arredondo
Transportation Coordinator
(559) 846-7914
barredondo@cityofkerman.org