Novato Independent Elders Program
1560 Hill Road, Novato CA 94947
The Novato Independent Elders Program is a program of Episcopal Senior Communities, a nondenominational nonprofit organization. NIEP operates out of the Margaret Todd Senior Center and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Novato seniors. NIEP develops community partnerships, which provide outreach, education and advocacy programs for seniors, family caregivers, service providers, and volunteers from local service organizations. For more information about Episcopal Senior Communities please click here.
NIEP Coalition Meetings
The NIEP Coalition meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30pm at the Margaret Todd Center. Call 415-899-8296 for more information.
Workshops and Special Events
NIEP offers educational workshops and specialty health fairs. Check out the newsletter, or the calendar of events to see what’s happening this month. Please contact NIEP at 415-899-8296 if you would like a copy of the Whole Aging Calendar which lists events and workshops throughout Marin.
Wellness Programs and Outreach Services
The following services are available at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato.
Eat Well Services
Margaret Todd Cafe - Good Earth Natural Foods serves a hot lunch at the Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon to seniors 60+.For reservations call 415-382-1334 by 3:00pm the day before you plan to dine. Suggested donation is $3.00. Monthly menus are available at MTSC.
Brown Bag Market – Groceries are distributed 'farmers market style' to qualified, low income, Novato seniors who shop and fill their own bag. The market is open every Wednesday, 1:00pm-2:30pm, at MTSC. Food is provided by the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank.
Home Delivered Grocery Program – Volunteers shop for and deliver groceries to homebound elderly Novato residents who are unable to shop for themselves. Shopping and delivery are free. Participants only pay for the cost of the groceries. To register, please call
415-899-8296. MTSC membership is required. To learn more about MTSC membership, please click HERE. This program is in partnership with Novato Safeway and Novato Human Needs Center.
Senior Produce Market – Seasonal produce from local suppliers is sold to seniors at or below wholesale prices on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 10:00am-11:00am, at MTSC. Bring a friend and enjoy a snack, coffee or tea in this cafe-like setting.
Be Well Services
Blood Pressure Clinics – Free clinic on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10:00am-12:00pm at MTSC. No appointment necessary, however MTSC membership is requested. Please click here to learn more about MTSC membership.
Equipment loans - The Margaret Todd Senior Center lends items such as wheelchairs and walkers. If an item is needed, please call the Center at 415-899-8290 to check availablity and to make a reservation.
Prescription Drop-Off Program - Keep leftover medications from getting into our water supply and affecting the environment. Bring expired or unneeded medications to MTSC on the first Monday of each month between 10:00am-12:00pm to ensure that they are disposed of properly.
Information And Assistance
Workshops – NIEP offers educational workshops throughout the year. For a schedule of workshops, please see the current edition of the Novato Parks and Recreation Activity Guide or click here to see the calendar of events.
Yard Maintenance Program – Need assistance with yard work? NIEP offers seasonal assistance with weeding, raking, and light pruning to low income, frail, and/or disabled Novato seniors. Please call 415-899-8296 to qualify and register.
Senior Center Without Walls - A telephone community for homebound seniors offering friendly conversations, informational workshops, support groups, book clubs, armchair travels, and daily gratitude calls. Call 877-797-7299.
Telephone Reassurance Program - A free telephone check-in program serving at risk, elder, disabled, and homebound individuals in Marin County. Three times a week, trained volunteers call to check on their well being. Call 415-456-9062, ext. 132 to register.
Postal Carrier Alert Program – The Postal Carrier Alert Program can offer you the comfort of knowing that your postal carrier will watch for mail buildup and other signs of change that indicate you may need help. Call the Novato Independent Elders Program at 415-899-8296 for more information.
Senior Housing Information – Information on affordable senior housing options and the new Shared Housing Program in Marin County, please call 415-456-9062, ext. 132.
Victim/Witness Protection Program – Learn how to report a crime, protect yourself against identity theft, stop telemarketers from calling, and get assistance resolving consumer problems. Offered at MTSC on the first and third Thursday of the month, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – HICAP provides counseling and assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance claims, and evaluation of supplemental health policies. Please call 800-434-0222 to schedule your free appointment at MTSC.
Legal Services - Volunteer attorney Leo Alberigi, specializing in elder law, assists with estate planning, wills, trusts, benefits law, and other legal topics pertinent to seniors. Call 415-899-8290 to schedule a free appointment at MTSC. Center membership is required. Click here to find out more information about center membership.
Spanish/English translation – Our Multicultural Outreach Specialist is available every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at MTSC. Call 415-899-8297 to schedule an appointment.
Alma Latina Program - Alma Latina gives Spanish-speaking seniors the opportunity to meet and socialize. Monthly meetings include lunch and an informative presentation on health and other issues. For more information, please call 415-899-8297.
English as a Second Language (ESL) - This class is offered by the College of Marin in cooperation with NIEP and MTSC. The class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:45pm.
Citizenship Class - This class is for those who have applied, or are thinking of applying, for naturalized U.S. citizenship. Class is free to attend and is offered on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm.
Interested in volunteering? Call 415-899-8296 for more information.