The Joslyn Center was founded in 1981 and offers a broad range of services and support for older adults and seniors in the Coachella Valley. These include social gatherings, health and fitness programs, arts and crafts, and home-delivered meals. While onsite programs have been suspended due to COVID, seniors can check out their virtual programming calendar and the activities listed each week. There’s something for everyone from book clubs and bingo to Zoom chats and an e-learning series. On the Center’s website, YouTube videos on Calisthenics, Chair Yoga and Go4Life are also available to follow along.

“For as long as the pandemic lasts, The Joslyn Center will continue to create safe, socially-distanced programming to help lessen the isolation and loneliness that our seniors are experiencing during this challenging time,” said Joslyn Center Executive Director Jack Newby.

Recently, the Center received a grant from the S.L. Gimbel Fund through IECF. The funding benefits their Meal on Wheels program, which delivers meals to homebound seniors.

“As more and more high-risk seniors remained at home during the pandemic, we experienced a significant increase in Meals on Wheels clients,” said Newby. “The funds from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation’s COVID-19 food program have helped us meet this escalating need.”

The Center hopes that more of the community will learn about the organization and consider joining their Cornerstone Club. For as little as $25 a month, individuals can join with other donors who support the Center’s programs and services on annual basis. These programs include Meals on Wheels, Telephone Safety Net and Penny’s Pantry, among others.

Added Newby, “Cornerstone Club membership benefits both the donor and the organization. Monthly giving allows donors to spread their gift over an entire year thereby lessening the financial impact on them personally while the organization is able to count on consistent funding for its programs and core-operating expenses. This has been particularly helpful during the pandemic.”

Donors may also wish to make a gift to The Josyln Center Fund at IECF. Visit https://www.iegives.org/give/.