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The Lompoc Vision

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

Adult Protective Services (APS) -

To report suspected el-

der or dependent adult abuse, staff is available from 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) and during the weekend,

a recording will offer instructions on what to do. APS in-

vestigates reports of suspected dependent adult abuse (18-

64) and elder abuse (65+), including self-neglect, occuring

in the community.

www.countyofsb.org

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1-844-751-6729

Department of Social Services, Santa Barbara County

General relief, food stamps & Medi-Cal.

1100 WLaurel Ave. ....................................

(805) 737-7080

Domestic Violence Solutions -

Offers temporary shelter to

battered women and their children, victims of sexual as-

sault and other trauma.

24-hour Hotline .........................................

(804) 736-0965

Friendship Line -

Calls are connected to a skilled, trained

counselor, anytime 24/7. This crisis intervention and “warm

line” offers emotional support to seniors and abled adults.

.....................................................................(

800) 971-0016

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -

Calls are connect-

ed to a skilled, trained counselor, anytime 24/7.

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800-273-TALK (8255)

Family Services Agency -

Provides individual counseling

services on a sliding scale fee basis.

101 South B Street .....................................

(805) 735-4376

CIVIC/COMMUNITY/CONSUMER

National Association of Retired Federal Employees,

District IX -

Monthly meetings are held. Advisors and ad-

vocates on behalf of retired federal employees on issues

relating to retirement and other public benefits.

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.lompocski@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Adult School, Lompoc -

Lompoc Adult School offers

programs which include basic education, high school pro-

grams, vocational and occupational training and English as

a Second Language (ESL).

The school has a GED center which provides a high

school diploma. They also offer “traffic school” and pro-

vide “behindthe-wheel” driver training.

320 North “J” Street, Lompoc. ...................

(805) 742-3100

Adult Education Programs -

These programs offer many

courses of interest to seniors. Some classes are free; others

have fees. The selection o course is extensive.

320 N J Street, Lompoc. .............................

(805) 742-3100

Allan Hancock College Community Education -

One

Hancock Drive, Lompoc, ...........................

(805) 735-3366

641 Utah Ave., Bldg.13640, Rm. 216

Vandenberg AFB, .......................................

(805) 734-3500

Alzheimer’s Association

- Provides community education

programs for caregivers and people with early stage Al-

zheimer’s disease. Provides respite care and consultation.

www.alz.org/cacentral.

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(800) 272-3900

ELDER ABUSE & CRIME

Adult Protective Services Hotline -

An investigation into

the suspected abuse may be initiated based upon the infor-

mation that you are able to provide. You may, if you choose,

report anonymously or call to discuss your concerns with-

out making a report. Elder-care custodians, health practi-

tioners, or employees of any agency/ business who, within

their professional capacity or within the scope of the em-

ployment, have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, MUST

REPORT immediately by telephone and in writing within

two working days to Adult Protective Services. Long-Term

Care Ombudsman Services, or to law enforcement.

Online:

www.ReportToAPS.org

. ..............

1-844-751-6729

COUNTY PROGRAMS

Department of Social Services Santa Barbara County -

1100 W. Laurel Ave., Lompoc. ..................

(805) 737-7080

T

here are many quotes out there about getting older. Many are meant to lift

our

spirits – to remind us that no matter how old we are, our lives have

value and meaning. A quick “Google” search brings up hundreds of up-

lifting quotes about the value we gain as we age. We gain, among other things,

wisdom, confidence, ease in being ourselves and speaking our minds. That’s all

good, but there are challenges too – especially as the digits grow. Some will age

in place with all the necessary support from family, friends, and caregivers. Not everyone is that fortunate.

There are seniors in our community aging in place without support. There are caregivers struggling to balance

work/life while caring for a loved one. Many

older seniors are going without food and medi-

cal care – simply because they can’t get a ride.

Regardless of our age, we all need to access

basic needs, such as the need for medical care,

preventive care, food, human connection, so-

cial activities… and much more.

As we age, these become critical to our

health while at the same time, harder to access.

Imagine for a moment not having a family/

friend support network, not having the free-

dom to drive, the ability to access public trans-

portation, or the financial means to hire people

to help. What would you do? What would life

look like for you? Our agency, Community

Partners in Caring, was established 22 years

LIFE matters, at every stage

By Vilma Contreras, Executive Director

ago as a response to those questions. We are a 501(c)(3)

tax-exempt non-profit organization engaged in recruit-

ing, screening, training, and matching volunteers with

seniors that need support. We’ve grown considerably

over the last two years, but it’s not enough.

The need is greater than our current resources. If you

see the value of helping seniors age in place with dig-

nity, there are many ways to help. Becoming a volunteer

driver will help keep our older seniors connected to our

community while, at the same time, help them access

basic needs. We also need Senior Advocates that are

willing to engage in community organizing for the pur-

pose of raising awareness about the needs of the elderly.

In either case, volunteerism is flexible. If volunteering

is not something you can do at this time, follow/like/

share our posts on social media, such as Facebook, to

help spread our message.

Lastly, you can also help by making a tax-deductible

donation to support the Lompoc Program. Donations can

be made through our website

www.partnersincaring.org

or by mail to: Community Partners in Caring, 120 East

Jones Street, Suite 123, Santa Maria, CA 93454; Memo:

Lompoc. To learn more about our agency, visit our web-

site (

www.partnersincaring.org)

or our Facebook page

(@PartnersInCaring). To volunteer call 805-925-8000.

We hope you will join the movement to help us all age

in place with dignity.