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.
From The Director's Desk
How hollow would the Gibson Center be without its volunteers? Inconceivable. Our volunteers are the heart, muscle and soul of our organization. We love you.
Over 60 people drive more than 33,000 miles a year to deliver Meals on Wheels to about 100 persons a day. The Thrift Store is on target to set wild records for revenue this year. It is completely staffed by volunteers 6 days a week. A dedicated group of servers set up our dining room and serve our patrons weekdays at Congregate meals.
Individuals teach exercise classes every week, write birthday cards every month, sing at lunch, bring the service dogs to visit, teach computer skills, and present educational services. Board members devote time and expertise to guide us through policy decisions that are often urgent and difficult. These activities fulfill our mission to enrich the lives of seniors and foster connection, joy and purpose. What we do defines who we are.
The benefits go both ways. Research shows those who volunteer 2-4 hours a week have much higher well-being, live longer, and describe being happier and healthier than those who do not. When we extend a hand in welcome or in aid we increase joy, positivity, companionship and fellowship.
The Gibson Center would be small without these hours of generous engagement. Hopefully, everyone finds the activity that suits their interests, talents and personalities.
We have particular opportunities now. Jill is starting a Friendly Visitor program to persons living alone. There will be free training for working effectively and safely with persons with various disabilities or dementia. Interested in books? We need a Book Cart manager. Like exercise and fitness? We need assistants and back-up instructors for Strength, Balance and Stretch and Chair Exercise. You can tell us your idea for presentations or ways you want to get involved. We are eager to have you and I am most grateful
Marianne Jackson, MD