What We Do
Who We Are
Since our humble beginnings at St. Andrew United Methodist Church some forty years ago, Community Services, Inc. has grown into one of New Jersey’s largest and most efficient providers of senior support services. Each year, we provide meals and outreach services to more than 10,000 Ocean County seniors. Whether it’s Meals On Wheels, our Congregate Meals Program, or outreach services including benefits screening, transportation, socialization and recreation, the work we do provides nutrition, comfort and meaning to the lives of our seniors. Read about our history.
We are driven by a passionate belief that senior citizens deserve to lead happy, healthy and above all, meaningful lives. From forty years of experience, we know the best way to accomplish this: By doing everything we can to keep them in the environment where they’re most comfortable—at home.
The Importance of Home
We like to think of our seniors’ homes as Memory Galleries, filled with reminders of the people and places that give their life meaning. A family picture on the mantle, a scrapbook of vacation photos, a simple painting on the wall…these are the things that give their lives context and emotional significance. No hospital, assisted living or nursing home facility can replace that.
We see it all the time: just knowing that somebody will be knocking on their door with food gives our seniors a reason to get out of bed. Oftentimes, our drivers are the only people they see all day. For a homebound senior, Meals on Wheels and our other services are about far more than simple nourishment. They’re about emotional and spiritual health.
Meals on Wheels—and So Much More
Because seniors need more than just meals to live a healthy, meaningful life, we also offer a diverse range of support services that provide information, access, referrals, counseling, transportation, physical activity, companionship and more.
Information and Assistance—Our specially-trained staff provide information, assistance and referrals regarding programs and services for seniors as well as their caregivers.
Benefits Screening—We can pay house calls to frail and elderly seniors to help them with their benefits paperwork, and link them to other agencies that offer services they may need.
Transportation—Seniors living in Lakewood, Jackson, Point Pleasant and the non-Toms River shore areas can receive medical transportation on a limited basis.
Volunteer Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance—Seniors who feel alone need someone to talk to. Our trained volunteers are there to provide an outlet for social contact, to help isolated seniors stay connected.
Physical Activity—Low-impact physical activities are provided at our nine nutrition sites, as well as the Beehive Senior Center.
Language Translation and Interpretation – Spanish only.
Education & Social Recreation – Programs of interest to seniors are presented and discussed. Cards, games and other social activities are planned for you to enjoy.