2016 Senior Advocate Award Recipient

The winner of the Senior Advocate Award for 2016

Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC), formerly known as Catholic Family Center, was established in 1946 for the purpose of providing family social services and has evolved in response to demonstrated community needs. The agency’s vision is to deliver excellent services, unlock human potential and empower individuals and families. CSSWC provides meaningful opportunities for seniors to share their skills, knowledge and experience with residents of Detroit and Wayne County.

CSSWC has three exemplary volunteer programs for seniors. The Foster Grandparent Program provides one-on- one tutoring for exceptional and special needs children in a variety of settings including head start programs, hospitals, domestic shelters, teen parent programs, youth residential centers, the Department of Heath and Human Services and the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center and CSSWC. The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) engages individuals age 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs including tutoring children in reading and math, visiting adult daycare and nursing home residents and participating in neighborhood watch programs. The volunteers have opportunities to serve nonprofit and public organizations. The Senior Companion Program (SCP) provides volunteer opportunities for eligible adults who have special needs, caregivers and their loved ones, community organizations that serve older adult and homebound seniors. SCP seeks to prevent institutionalization and aids in maintaining older adult’s independence.