What we do...
Social Dining: Social dining for senior citizens provides more than just a meal; it offers companionship, a sense of belonging, and a way for older adults to maintain their social connections and mental well-being. It can be a valuable addition to the services and activities available to seniors in your community. We also offer an extra incentive for visitors, grandchildren eat for only $5!
Meals on Wheels: The mission of our Meals on Wheels program is to improve the lives of seniors, persons with disabilities and their families through nutrition, resources, advocacy & connection.
Meals on Wheels FAQs:
Who is eligible? Anyone who is 60 or older, living in Humboldt County and homebound. Meals are available on a long-term or temporary basis (if you are recovering from surgery or an illness).
How often can I receive meals? Meals are delivered 3 times per week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for a total of up to 7 meals per week.
What does it cost? We ask for a suggested contribution of $2.00 per meal to help keep this vital nutrition program sustainable. Service will not be denied if you are unable to contribute. We provide a monthly contribution request letter for you to respond to. Your contribution can either be mailed to Vivalon, or given to your driver. A friend or family member can also donate on your behalf.
Please contact us if you would like to make a larger, tax-deductible donation to help support our program.
What type of meal service do you provide? We provide up to 7 meals per week. Meals are delivered chilled and should be refrigerated immediately after they are received, and then consumed within 3 days. Where you live in the county will determine the time of day your meals will be delivered.
Are vegetarian and other diet-specific meal options available? Yes, we can provide vegetarian meals and all are “meals for a healthy heart.”
What comes in a meal? Each meal features an entrée, vegetables, bread or a grain, fruit and milk. The menus are reviewed by a registered dietician to ensure they meet recommended daily nutrition allowances.
Do you publish a menu? Yes, we publish menus every month for both the regular and vegetarian entrees. At the end of each month, volunteers deliver printed menus for the following month.
Healthy Activities & Games
In 1972, a group of Southern Humboldt seniors began to meet for lunch
regularly at the grange in Miranda, California. They continued their luncheons for
several years, lunching for a few years at the old fire station in Garberville,
California and then eventually settled at the Presbyterian Church’s social hall in
In 1979, this group of local senior leaders formed a non-profit organization called the Senior Center of Southern Humboldt, to benefit older adults living in Southern Humboldt towns.
In 1989, the Senior Center of Southern Humboldt, with financial support from the Humboldt Area Foundation, purchased the beautiful home of Patsy Thoresen at 456 Briceland Road in Redway, California to serve as the community’s permanent senior center.
The Board of Directors changed the organization’s name in 1996 to the Healy Senior Center, in honor of Dan Healy, Sr., a local businessman who tragically died in a plane crash. Mr. Healy’s son and daughter-in-law, Dan Jr. and Patti, conceived of the annual Giant Yard Sale to benefit the Healy Senior Center. It was first held in their front yard, right across the street from the First Baptist Church of Redway. The Giant Yard Sale still occurs every year in Redway and is a staple in the Southern Humboldt community.
In the year 2000, the Healy Senior Center took over the local, certified Meals on Wheels Program from Jerold Phelps Community Hospital and has been operating this critical program ever since.
The Healy Center is now serving our third generation of adults over 60. In 2019, we celebrated our 40th year of serving seniors in Southern Humboldt. We would not have been able to help so many seniors without support from local foundations, businesses, friends, and neighbors.
Thank you for supporting our important work in Southern Humboldt County!
Healy Senior Center Staff
Phone: (707) 923-2399, ext. 104
Phone: (707) 923-2399, ext. 103
Lead Cook: Tom Scammell
Assistant Cook: Vacant
Healy Senior Center Board of Directors
Board President: Cynthany Windwalker
Board Vice-President: Wendi Leader
Board Treasurer: Rich Thompson
Board Secretary: Open position
Board Member: Jim Hoeffer
Board Member: Jim Quast
Board Seat: Vacant
Board Seat: Vacant
Most importantly, we would not able to achieve our mission and serve the community without our wonderful volunteers! We have 15 to 20 regular volunteers at the Healy Center and we are so grateful for them. Please call or email us if you’d like to volunteer some of your time to help the Healy Center!
We currently are in need of volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels Program! Please call our Program Coordinator, Samantha Bernardo, at (707) 923‑2399, ext. 101.
About CalFresh: CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps people purchase food for good health. CalFresh dollars are automatically loaded monthly onto an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit card, which is used at grocery stores and farmers' markets, just like any other bank debit card. CalFresh dollars can be spent on food, in addition to seeds and plants that produce food in a garden. Households receiving SSI income are now eligible to apply for CalFresh!
Please contact the Healy Senior Center if you'd like to learn more about CalFresh and/or apply. See below for more details on qualifications.
You may qualify for CalFresh if you can answer “Yes” to both of these questions:
Are you or at least one of your children a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident?
Is your household’s gross annual income (before taxes and deductions) within the limits stated below?
Household size of 1 = $18,954 annual income before taxes
Household size of 2 = $25,636 annual income before taxes
Household size of 3 = $32,318 annual income before taxes
Household size of 4 = $39,000 annual income before taxes
Household size of 5 = $45,682 annual income before taxes
Household size of 6 = $52,364 annual income before taxes
Household size of 7 = $59,046 annual income before taxes
Household size of 8 = $65,728 annual income before taxes
You may apply for CalFresh benefits at the Healy Senior Center by appointment. Please leave a message at (707) 923‑2399, ext. 103 or email us at email@example.com to make an appointment to come in and apply with our help.
You may also apply for CalFresh benefits on your own. We believe that getcalfresh.org is the most user-friendly website for older adults to use when applying for CalFresh.