Dear readers, I thought you might be interested in learning more about the excellent services for seniors that are available to us here in Napa County.

We’ve covered a few in the past, such as Callabria Care (formerly Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services) which does a wonderful job of serving seniors who are experiencing memory problems, arranging for an inviting place for them to attend classes with others who are experiencing similar problems. They enjoy exercising, discussion groups and more. The hospice program helps comfort seniors and their families towards the end of their lives.

Collabria Care is always introducing new programs, so stay tuned. or call (707) 258-9080. Location: 414 South Jefferson St., Napa.

Our program for today is: CANV (Community Action of Napa Valley) and meeting its executive director Drene Johnson.

Founded May 12, 1965, the Mission of CANV is to “provide services and resources that promote healthy living and encourage self-sufficiency for the vulnerable member of the community.”

As a member of the Senior Advisor Commission with the Napa Senior Center, I met Drene when she became executive director several years ago. Since then, she has brought many new programs to CANV, and made great improvements on the existing ones.

A little background on Drene: She is a native San Franciscan, trained at Dominican College, was a medical social worker, working with kidney patients. For 18 years, she served on the board of directors for the national Kidney Foundation of Northern California. She served as president of the Bodega Bay Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of directors for Napa Valley Non-Profit Coalition.

Under Drene’s watch, CANV has created a culinary program for the homeless and low income and the Wellness on Wheels program for Meals on Wheels clients and has partnered with the Paws on Wheels Program, providing a dog or cat to the Meals on Wheels clients.

Let’s dive into these individual programs: Congregate Meals is an excellent chance to meet and make new friends, as well as enjoying a nutritious, delicious lunch. Always call one day ahead.

Congregate Meal Sites: At the Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa, 253-6114, lunch is served at 11:30 Monday through Friday; at American Canyon Senior Center, 2185 Elliot Dr., A.C., lunch is served at 11:30 Monday through Friday; at St. Helena Rianda House, 1475 Main St., lunch is served on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at noon.

Meals on Wheels: Volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers will bring a nutritious, home delivered meal along with some friendly conversation. They will check with the senior each day.

Wellness on Wheels: Wellness on Wheels collaborates with nurses from Pacific Union College (PUC) and the clients Primary Care Physician to support and maintain healthy independent living. CANV’s goal is to help these clients stay healthier, happier and safe at home. This service is also offered to the Meals on Wheels clients as well as the Senior Brown Bag clients. Visits are usually provided once or twice a month. During these visits PUC nurses will assess blood pressure, glucose levels, oxygen saturation, skin integrity, fall risk and psychological needs.

Paws on Wheels: Through collaboration with Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, CANV helps provide pet food to Meals on Wheels clients who own pets. In some cases JARR will also assist with veterinary costs through an application process.

Food pantries, locations and deliveries:

— Napa Storehouse, 1746 Yajome St., Napa: Tuesday: 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.; Wednesday, 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.; Thursday, 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early)

— American Canyon, second and fourth Tuesday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Harvest Freewill Baptist Church, 240 Rio Del Mar, American Canyon.

— Angwin Pantry, 1 Angwin Avenue, Angwin. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

— St. Helena Community Pantry, 1777 Main St. (behind Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall).

— Calistoga Cares, 1407 Third St., Calistoga 942-6042, second and fourth Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

— Pope Valley Farm Center, 5800 Pope Valley/Chilies Road, 965-9102, first Wednesday of the month, 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

— Berryessa, Community Church of Lake Berryessa, 6008 Steele Canyon Road, 252-4488, Thursday’s 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In order to receive food, one person per household every 30 days must provide two forms of ID, one with current address and one with birth date. You must also fill out an application upon each visit. It is suggested that you bring at least six of your own shopping bags or boxes. Just go to the location in your geographic area during the hours of service.

Friday Free Market

A program to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables to the Napa community occurs every Friday at the following locations. Other non-perishable food items are offered as well. There is no income eligibility. The schedule follows:

Hope Christian Center, 3875 Jefferson St., Napa, first Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Napa County Health & Human Services, 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, second Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Napa Spanish SDA Church, 1011 Pueblo Ave., Napa, fourth Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1226 Salvador Ave., fifth Friday, 2-4 p.m.

St. Helena Community Pantry, 1777 Main St., fourth Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Senior Brown Bag

This program enables seniors age 60 and older to remain independent as long as possible by giving them a “Brown Bag” with approximately 10 to 14 food items twice a month. Items may include fresh fruit, canned vegetables, oatmeal, bottled beverages, pasta and canned meat. They must also be county residents, and earn no more than $1,471 per month/one person or, $1,991 per couple.

Seniors pick up Brown Bags from 11 sites throughout Napa County, or volunteer drivers deliver food to those who are infirm or disabled. Averages of 226 households are served monthly. Any questions, call CANV at (707) 253-6100

Other CANV programs you might be interested in are: CANV Kids offers affordable, full day, full year, high quality childcare for children ages 18 months through pre-K at two locations in Napa as well as the Tobacco Education & Quit Smoking Program.

We thank both Drene and senior nutrition program director Lisa DeRose for all of this wonderful information. For any additional information on these services, please don’t hesitate to call 253-6100.

Let’s be good neighbors and pass this information on to our families and friends.

Thanks for listening, and continue to be kind to everyone. However, do be alert to the “smooth talkers” just waiting to take advantage of the situation many find themselves in.

I’m already looking forward to seeing you next week.

Love to hear from you.

Betty Rhodes uses much of what she receives from her readers in her columns. Senior Corner belongs to seniors, so sharing is a good thing.