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Woman making Christmas dinnerWhile the holidays are supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” it’s not the case for many people.  Many people are far away from family, or unable to travel to due transportation challenges or disabilities.  For seniors, this can be a lonely time.  However, there are resources nearby that you can access from your home to make this holiday season more connected.

In-person resources

Senior Peer Counseling

Senior Peer Counseling is a free service through Contra Costa Behavioral Health.  This program is available to seniors 55 years of age or older.  Seniors are matched with a peer counselor who can meet with the senior and can meet them in their homes.  The peer counselors are also seniors who can provide emotional support for those struggling with issues such as depression, fear, loneliness, the loss of a loved one, health changes, or isolation.  The program is available in English and Spanish.

For the English program, contact Jodi McIntosh at 925-521-5636 or  For the Spanish program, contact Abraham Aviles-Scott at 925-521-5653 or

Senior Centers

Many of the cities in Contra Costa County have senior centers.  Senior centers are a great place to find community and many fun activities.  If you want to find out more about the senior center in your area, call senior information line, 800-510-2020.

Phone-based resources

Friendship Line

The Institute on Aging provides a 24-hour friendship line, dedicated to serving older adults over 60 years old.  The volunteers provide friendly conversation and support to seniors who want a listening ear.  The toll-free phone number is 800-971-0016. 

Well Connected Programs

Covia offers a large number of different activities, education, and support groups for seniors through their Well Connected program.  Seniors can access these programs by phone, computer, or tablet.  You can download their program catalog here, or call 877-797-7299, or email

Information & Assistance and Crisis Line

Seniors can access information about resources in their area by calling 800-510-2020.  They have information on housing, finding caregivers, transportation, food, utility help, and more.  Contact information:

  • Landlines in Contra Costa, call toll free (800) 510-2020
  • Cell phones or outside Contra Costa, call (925) 229-8434
  • TDD line for the hearing impaired, call (925) 602-4198

For information and referrals, in particular for those in crisis, you can also call 211.