The Cathedral City Senior Center, which has temporarily transitioned to providing area seniors with virtual services due to the coronavirus pandemic, was awarded a $25,000 grant to expand its remote offerings, it was announced Wednesday.

“The Cathedral City Senior Center responded quickly to the needs of its community’s seniors,” said Catharine Reed, vice president of charitable programs for the Palm Desert-based H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “Programming there continues to address the concerns of loneliness and is making an important impact in the lives of seniors.”

The nonprofit senior center’s CCSC@Home program is aimed at combating isolation in residents 55 years or older by providing online classes and workshops that include painting, yoga, meditation, cooking, Spanish instruction, conversation groups and “learning to Zoom.” The center also provides access to free national programming.

“With no end to the pandemic in sight, we knew we couldn’t stand by and wait; we had to implement programs that could serve seniors immediately but in a different way,” said Geoff Corbin, the center’s executive director. “The grant from the Berger Foundation will help extend and expand the virtual Cathedral City Senior Center we have created.”

In addition to social programs, the center offers its more than 600 members assistance with accessing healthcare coverage, food stamps and utility rebate information, along with low-income housing and assisted-living referrals.

Additional information can be found at theccsc.org/ or by calling 760-321-1548.

Donations to the senior center can be made at www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2256811.

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