Adult & Senior Programs

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ADULT & Senior Programs & Services

COVID-19 Update

All of us from the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department hope you are doing well as we move through these unprecedented times.  It is essential to understand that the situation is continuously changing as Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) reacts to new information.  We recognize the significant impacts this is having on the community we serve. In Fall 2021, the Recreation Department will begin a phased approach to bring back Adult & Senior Programs, which will now take place at the El Cerrito Community Center.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Registration for Adult Programs will begin Tuesday, August 24 at 9am for El Cerrito Residents, and Wednesday, August 25 at 9am for Non-Residents. All registration is online at www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg.

rEC Guidefall adult classes 2021(2)


essential senior services during COVID-19 

Senior Nutrition PRograms

CC Cafe To-Go: During the Shelter at Home Mandate, Contra Costa County Health Services is allowing the City of El Cerrito to have staff deliver the meals provided by the county to El Cerrito Residents homes or offer curbside pickup at the Midtown Activity Center to non-residents age 60+.  All meals will be packaged in the home-delivered format, which includes a 3-compartment tray for the frozen entree and side dishes as well as a bread/crackers, milk/drinks, and fruit items.  Individuals interested in the meals will need to request the meal by 12pm on Monday by calling (510) 559-7000 or emailing recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us .  All 7-day meal packs will be delivered on Wednesdays between 11-12:30pm (subject to change).  No congregate format will be available.

If you are new to the CC Cafe Senior Nutrition Program, you must complete Contra Costa County Health Services forms to enroll in the program.  Registration forms can be downloaded http://el-cerrito.org/rECsources or emailed to you or delivered to your home (El Cerrito Residents only).  Call (510) 559-7000 or email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us to request forms or for more information.

Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels delivers meals and provides safety-checks for seniors (60 years or older) who are home bound, no longer driving, unable to prepare food themselves, and do not have a caregiver who prepares meals.  Meals are provided based on need, not on income. Meals on Wheels, West Contra Costa Region is accepting new clients who are age 60 and older.  Meals are delivered in Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, North Richmond, Pinole, Point Richmond, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, and San Pablo.  Volunteers deliver meals using County Health Services recommendations for social distancing.  To apply or refer someone for the program, find our about volunteer opportunities or to get more information, call (510) 412-0166 or visit their website.

 Mailing address: 

Meals on Wheels, West Contra Costa Region

2301 Rumrill Blvd, San Pablo, CA 94806

Easy Ride Para-transit Senior & Disabled Transportation service (age 65+)

The City of El Cerrito Easy Ride Para-Transit Senior & Disabled Transportation Service is available for essential transportation. All trips require advance reservation.  Registration for our Easy Ride Para-Transit program is required. Registration in the program must be renewed annually.

Call (510) 559-7000 or email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us to reserve your ride, for more information, to request an application, or to see if you qualify for these services.  

Are you an El Cerrito Resident living within 94530? If so, register today if you are 65 years or older or are a person age 18 or over with disabilities.  

Cost is $2* per trip.  Note: Fees increase to $3 per trip effective July 1, 2021.  Accepted forms of payment include check made out to "City of El Cerrito" or cash. 

Benefits of our low-cost service: 

  • Friendly Staff
  • Low-cost fare compared to local agencies.
  • Efficient and convenient for local appointments.
  • Less wait time versus using public transportation.

Applications require a government issued photo I.D. or a photo I.D. with utility bill to verify residency.  If applicant is 18 and older but under 65 years old, it is required to submit a doctor's note verifying medical disability.  Please attach supporting documentation with your transportation application and return to our offices, El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530 Attn: Easy Ride Transportation.  Any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (510) 559-7000 or email midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.  

Easy Ride door-to-door shuttle is a shared-ride van service for seniors (65 and over) and persons 18 and over with a disability who are El Cerrito Residents 94530.  The door-to-door shuttle is funded by Measure J Sales Tax. 

The door-to-door shuttle offers rides to medical appointments, local grocery stores, shopping centers, religious services, and visiting friends for only $2* each way (Note: Fees increase to $3 per trip effective July 1, 2021).  Our service area spans El Cerrito city limits. 

In addition to regular Easy Ride Para-Transit Senior & Disabled Transportation Service, we offer monthly Easy Ride Shopping Trips to nearby stores outside of El Cerrito city limits including Pacific East Mall, Costco and Target for $8 round-trip.  Please call (510) 559-7000 or email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for dates and times. 

*Please be advised that in some cases, reservations are based on driver's availability and social activities that may impact transportation.

Scheduling a Reservation

  • Reservations can be made one day in advance up to two weeks in advance.
  • $3 per ride
  • Payment is required at the time of pickup.
  • Easy Ride Shuttle ticket books are available for purchase for $30 (10 tickets per book)
  • Tickets may be purchased via cash, check or money order made out to "City of El Cerrito"

Mask Policy: Masks are required for everyone using Easy Ride Transportation regardless of vaccination status. 

Easy Ride Transportation Application

Additional resources

For updates on the City and County's response to COVID-19, please visit the links below:

https://cchealth.org/

www.el-cerrito.org/COVID19

To help you find food, Contra Costa County has a new GIS (global information system) mapping tool. It can be used on any mobile device, just like searching for the nearest gas station or cafe on your phone.

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Food Distribution Map url: https://cccgis.link/Food
The tool, developed by Contra Costa County’s IT Department, incorporates data from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, school districts, senior centers, and other food organizations. It was developed in partnership with 211 Contra Costa, the crisis center. 

Please distribute this map url widely! This is a community tool, and will be continually updated. For additions or corrections to the map, please email Dawn Hartley with the County’s GIS team, or Kate Rauch, in John Gioia’s office. 

County Health Services COVID-19 

LOCATION
The El Cerrito Midtown Activity Center is currently closed to the public. You can reach the Center by calling (510) 559-7000  or by emailing recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.