The Gibson Center
Proudly Serving Senior Citizens
The Gibson Center for Senior Services is a non-profit corporation providing services to senior citizens of Northern Carroll County since 1979. Our goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, while maintaining a high level of independence and quality of life through the offering of an evolving array of programs and services. Our programs are designed to serve the needs of these active and passive senior residents through nutrition programs (home delivery, congregate meals and nutrition education), transportation programs for the elderly and disabled to help meet their daily living needs, social and educational programs to enable them to stay actively involved in their communities with purpose and dignity, and referral and networking programs with related community service agencies.
Greetings from The Director
I often get asked why I returned to the Valley from North Carolina in 2015. The answer then and now is because of the culture we share in this Valley that I could not begin to recreate in the Piedmont. In Chapel Hill and Durham, I tried getting involved and making connections through book groups, fitness centers, churches, and running clubs. I attended multiple advocacy group rallies and was told the way I could contribute was to “Like” them on Facebook. I had something a little more active and participatory in mind. Over and over, I said, “Hmmmm. If I was home, I could call Sue, or Sandy or George, or Neil, or Andrea or David and I know we could get things done. Finally my friends said – “why don’t you just go home?” And I did and I love being home. Here’s an example:
A few weeks ago, while driving in my car at noon, I received a call from our Senior Resource Navigator, Renee, who was also driving herself home from Florida. A resident with serious illness had a furnace fail inspection because the chimney was blocked. The night was going to be in the cold thirties. Once I got to my destination I put the email out to the Tamworth Exchange and Madison Boulder email exchanges and by 3:00 Quddus Snyder was at her home, fixed the problem, carried in loads of wood for her woodstove and she graced him with zucchini bread and homemade cookies. Would not happen in Durham.
The Gibson Center is very proud to have Renee join us as our Senior Resource Navigator, able to help you with problems that come up – online applications, license renewals, finding services or resources for home repair, transportation, down-sizing, even blocked chimneys.
Call her directly at 603-205-0909 or call the Gibson Center at 603-356-3231. We are here for you. This is home
Marianne Jackson, MD