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Senior Services

The Senior Services division takes pride in providing resources to San Bernardino's senior community. We operate two senior centers, Fifth Street Senior Center and Perris Hill Senior Center featuring a variety of activities and services. In addition to the senior centers, we offer residents an array of programs. Click on the links below to learn more about each program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (909) 384-5430.

Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Senior Nutrition

Senior Centers Daily Programs

Senior Services Newsletter (click here)


Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5413

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Rubi Ortiz, SCP Manager
Jamie Daniels, SCP Coordinator of Volunteers

New Client Flyer

New Volunteer Flyer

Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults with special needs.  Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care.  Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers a much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients.

Senior Companions offer adults with special needs contact with the world outside of their homes, making their lives less isolated.  Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing they are needed.

Senior Companion Volunteers have a regularly, weekly day schedule with each client.

Among other activities, they provide friendship and companionship; assist with running basic errands; accompany clients to social activities; alert doctor and family members to potential problems, and provide respite to family caregivers.

Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over.  Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend.  All SCP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.

The City of San Bernardino SCP Volunteers serve in the areas of San Bernardino, Highland, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Fontana, Loma Linda, Redlands, Yucaipa, Mentone, Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley.

Senior Companions are a vital resource to their communities.  Become a Senior Companion today.  This is a friendship that can last a lifetime!

How can you be someone's Senior Companion?

  • 55 years of age and older
  • Volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Pass clearance to work with older adults by a DOJ/FBI LiveScan and the National Sex Offender Public Website
  • Current California Driver License, own your own vehicle and provide proof of current auto insurance
  • Physician clearance
  • Live within the designated service area

Annual National SCP Statistical Highlights*

  • Volunteers - 12, 190
  • Hours Served - 7,479,349
  • Frail, older adults served - 43,000
  • Families receiving respite care - 6,650
  • Frail, older Veterans served - 3,100
  • Number of Projects - 182 (Federally-funded)

    *Data from Corporation for National Community & Service (May 2017). Senior Corp fact sheet.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5414

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Kimberly Graham, RSVP Program Manager

What is the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps individuals age 55 and older put their skills and life experience to work for their communities. RSVP volunteers serve from a few hours to forty hours a week. They do just about everything - from tutoring children and building homes for low-income families, to teaching computer skills and testing for water safety. However they choose to serve, RSVP volunteers meet critical community needs.

For thirty-five years, RSVP has matched problems to be solved with people willing to help. Today, more than 450,000 seniors participate in RSVP, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation.

Why do RSVP Volunteers get involved?

Some people feel a lack of productivity when they no longer have a regular work site or schedule. RSVP helps seniors stay active and involved. Volunteers join a large service network, learning new skills or using the know-how they've developed over a lifetime.

Many RSVP volunteers have lived in their communities for a long time. Because the community has given them so much, they see serving as a way to give something back. RSVP volunteers discover that when they give, they gain a lot too. Studies show that seniors who volunteer live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

What do RSVP Volunteers do?

RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve. Many continue the type of work they enjoyed earlier in life, while others try something completely different. As an RSVP volunteer, you might mentor at-risk youth, make hospital visits, teach English to immigrants, organize neighborhood watch groups, or help people recover from natural disasters.

RSVP volunteers may commit to serving in one or more ongoing efforts. The number of hours they serve is flexible. Volunteers will receive a pre-service orientation, followed by appropriate on-the-job training from the agency or organization where they are placed. While on duty, volunteers also receive supplemental insurance.

RSVP Volunteers - Getting things done

RSVP is a cost-effective way to solve critical problems in education, public safety, the environment, and other critical human needs. Last year, RSVP volunteers provided more then 91 million hours of service to America, valued at more than $1.2 billion - a 35-fold return on the federal investment.

How Can I Learn More About RSVP?

Click here for RSVP VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. Call (909) 384-5414 for more information.


Senior Nutrition Program

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 W. Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5434

Trudy Panowicz, Food Services Supervisor

Funding for this service, in part or in whole, has been provided by the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services through grant awards from the California Department of Aging.

  • Ages 60 & Older $1.75 donation
  • Ages 59 and younger must pay $5.50
Locations & Lunch Times*

Perris Hill Senior Center
780 East 21st Street
11:30am - 12:30pm / Monday - Thursday
11:00am - 12:00pm / Friday

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
11:30am - 12:30pm / Monday - Friday
3:00pm - 3:45pm (Dinner) / Tuesday - Thursday

Hernandez Community Center
222 North Lugo
12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday - Thursday

Lytle Creek Community Center
380 South "K" Street
12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday - Thursday

Highland Senior Center
3102 East Highland Ave.
12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday - Friday

New Hope Family Life Center
1505 West Highland Ave.
11:30am - 12:30pm / Monday - Thursday

*Meals are subject to substitution