The Wednesday Winner Program is a free program designed for adults with disabilities. Wednesday Winners serves individuals who live in Kalamazoo County either independently, with their family, in group homes, or in some other supported living arrangement.
The members meet weekly for exercise, activities, social time and a nutritious meal. Transportation is included for residents who live in the South County service area. Special emphasis is placed on providing learning experiences with trips and hands-on activities that stimulate the mind and expand the views of our members.
Wednesday Winners members range in age from young adult to seniors. Persons with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges are welcome and soon feel at-home with the other members and the team of capable and dedicated volunteers who maintain a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment.
Healthy Living Programs
South County Community Services (SSCS) partners with the Area Agency on Aging IIIA on a regular basis to promote and host several free evidence based programs for seniors and their caregivers:
Matter of Balance - designed to reduce fear of falling and increasing physical activity levels
Creating Confident Caregivers - for persons providing direct care for loved ones with memory loss or dementia
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) - to help with day-to-day management of chronic health issues such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia or heart disease
Other special opportunities to exercise, learn and socialize with friends are available throughout the year. Check the SCCS Calendar for event postings.
Senior Services Dining Vouchers and Commodities
South County Community Services (SCCS) partners with Senior Services and Loaves and Fishes in order to deliver commodity foods to area seniors (whose income is 130% of the federal poverty guidelines or below) on a monthly basis. Bags are packed and delivered by volunteers and typically include cereal, juice, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, milk, pasta, protein, and cheese—totaling about $50 worth of food— and a monthly recipe with nutrition tips.
SCCS also partners with Senior Services in order to act as a purchasing site for area seniors who are or wish to be involved in the Restaurant Dining Program. This program is designed to give seniors low-cost, nutritious dining options at area restaurants. Participating members may buy vouchers at SCCS for a suggested donation of $3.00, which may be redeemed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at local restaurants.
Grossman Legal Clinic
South County Community Services hosts short legal appointments with a lawyer who volunteers his time on the first Wednesday of every month in order to meet with area residents who need free legal advice. Once you schedule an appointment, you can expect a call instructing you on what kind of documentation you need to bring to make the most of your appointment.
FOOTWORKS Foot Care Clinic
South County Community Services hosts the FOOTWORKS Foot Care Clinic, a low-cost opportunity for area seniors to receive care during a short appointment with a licensed Podiatrist. This includes routine foot care: nail trimming, cleansing, and callus care, and typically costs $28. To schedule an appointment, please call Kathleen at 370-0489.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Every other Thursday a representative from WIC comes to South County Community Services in order to meet with mothers who are in the WIC program (which provides nutritional supplements to low and moderate income mothers and expecting mothers in order to prevent nutritional deficits). This counts as one of the required office visits and may be scheduled through the local WIC office at 269-488-3732.
South County Community Services hosts a Veteran’s Services Officer every Thursday from 9am to 1pm in order to:
- help veterans navigate the VA Healthcare System
- provide assistance in filing service connected disability claims
- give information on dependent and survivor’s benefits
- obtain transportation to and from the VA in Battle Creek
- provide information on burial and headstone benefits, education benefits, and medical treatment
Feel free to drop in during his hours and have a cup of coffee! The South Kalamazoo Veterans Service Office is committed to providing services and assistance to those who have honorably served their country.
Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)
South County Community Services hosts a Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program counselor, who has been trained in health care benefits counseling. This includes Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance products. MMAP counselors are not connected with any insurance company, and therefore provide unbiased information. MMAP volunteers are glad to schedule personal appointments with area residents who need help with health benefit decisions. These appointments usually take place at SCCS or some other convenient public place.