Older Adult Services

Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center Older Adult Services has reopened to limited capacity for use of the fitness room and scheduled indoor classes. Face masks are required at all times while in City facilities. Temperature checks and symptom screening will be conducted prior to entry. Social distancing protocols will be enforced. Registration is required and will be made on a first-called in basis. Registration must be made one week prior to participate. Please call the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center at (562) 692-0261 for more information. 

Stay connected by reading our Senior Buzz - September/October (click to download your Senior Buzz).


Neighbor Connect

The Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center introduces “Neighbor Connect.” A new way to connect residents, and offer a helping hand, in a time of need.

Residents can request a “Neighbor Connect” packet, a set of colored cards to place in your window, to indicate if you are doing well, or if you need help. Each colored card has a different meaning.

Green Card - Means I am doing okay. Example: I am doing fine, and have what I need to be well.

Yellow Card - Means I have a non-emergency matter and I need help to resolve it. Example: I am feeling very isolated and can use someone to talk to.

Red Card - Means I have an urgent, non-emergency matter, and I need help resolving it soon. Example: I am running low on medication and have no one to help me pick it up.

By placing the colored card on the window, your neighbors can either come by to check in on you, or call the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center to have someone check in on you.

This is NOT for emergencies, but it is a way for the community to come together to help one another during difficult times. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.

If you are interested in participating, or in being a volunteer to check in on your neighbors, please call us at (562) 692-0261.

Bingo

The Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center is the place to be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month for Bingo! Card sales begin at 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Games will be held until 11:30 a.m. Our Bingo will keep you alert and "on your toes" with a variety of different patterns and multiple chances to win fantastic prizes. $.50 per card. 

Fitness Activities

Fitness Room

The Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center fitness room is now open for use Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is free for residents of Santa Fe Springs; valid photo ID with Santa Fe Springs address must be shown upon request. 

Movin' 'N Groovin' Chair Exercise

This exercise class stresses the importance of correct body posture and movement. Sponsored by Cerritos College. Registration is required. Class #7789. 

Location: Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center • Dates: Monday/Wednesday, August 1 - October 31 • 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 

Latin Dance Cardio

Come dance your way fit to Latin music such as cumbias, merengue, salsa and more. Free for residents / $3 per class for non-residents. Registration is required. Class #7790. 

Location: Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center • Dates: Monday/Wednesday, August 1 - October 31 • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

City Strollers

Are you looking to slim down and tone up? Join our walking group to keep fit and look good for your family socials. Registration is required. Class #7791.

Location: Heritage Park  Dates: Tuesday/Thursday, August 2 - October 27 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

 Pickleball

Pickleball will now be offered at Los Nietos Park. Grab a buddy and come partake in the fun  before the summer is gone. Reserve our timeslot by calling the GVNC. Class #7862. 

Location: Los Nietos Park, 11155 Charlesworth Road • Dates: Tuesday/Thursday, August 2 - October 27 • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Fitness Court

Come out to the new Outdoor Fitness Court at Los Nietos Park. If you are unsure about to how to use the equipment, it won't be a problem. Our friendly gym ambassadors will be on site to assist you with your questions on the days listed below. All participants must register at the GVNC before asking ambassadors for assistance. Class #7863. 

Location: Los Nietos Park, 11155 Charlesworth Road • Dates: Tuesday/Thursday, August 2 - October 27 • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Classes 

Create It Now

Come express your inner artist as we create one-of-a-kind crafts in this fun, hands-on class. Registration is required.

Location: Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center

  • Monday, October 31• 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. • Class #7805
      

Mindful Meditation

This meditation class will allow you to reduce stress, be more in tune with your surroundings, promote overall wellness, and strengthen your mind-body connection. Chair will be provided, but yoga mats are encouraged. Registration is required. Class #7792. 

Location: Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center • Dates: Wednesdays, August 17 - September 7 • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Balloon Decorating

Would you like to learn how to make great looking balloon decorations for your next party? Our Balloon Decorating class will give you the skills to take your party decorations to the next level. Registration is required. Class #7799. 

Location: Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center • Dates: Thursdays, August 18 - September 8 • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Special Events 

 Karaoke

Start warming up your vocal cords for this sing fest! Belt out your best or just come listen to some of your friends sing some of your favorite songs. Registration is required.
Date: Friday, September 23 • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. • Class #7794.

Additional programs:

  • SASSFA Nutrition Program - Proper and adequate nutrition is of the upmost importance to healthy seniors. In response to the Safer at Home order and to encourage seniors to stay home, the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA) offers delivered congregate meals to seniors 60+. All congregate meal participants will receive two (2) meals on Monday and three (3) meals on Wednesday for a total of (5) five meals per week. Seniors 60+ must register to receive meals by calling SASSFA at (562) 699-3231.

  • Income-Qualified Senior Water Discount Program - provides a 15% discount off your water bill, if all eligibility requirements and income limits are met.  To apply for this discount, please complete and return the application to the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center.

  • Access To Transportation - made available through Access, Santa Fe Springs Transportation and taxi vouchers for senior residents who require transportation assistance to medical appointments.

Other:

  • Senior Living Help assists California senior citizens, their family members, and caregivers in finding appropriate senior living and care facilities. Click here for more information.


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Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center 9255 S. Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Facility Closed on major holidays

Phone Number: (562) 692-0261 • E-mail: FamilyAndHumanServices@santafesprings.org