Covia (formerly known as the Novato Independent Elders Program)

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Covia at Margaret Todd Senior Center
1560 Hill Road, Novato  CA 94947
Telephone: 415-899-8296
Fax: 415-897-0239

Covia (formerly Episcopal Senior Communities), is a nondenominational nonprofit organization that operates out of the Margaret Todd Senior Center  and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Novato seniors.  Covia 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 Covia, please visit Covia's website.

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. Please call 415-899-8290 for more information. 

Eat Well Services 

Margaret Todd Cafe - Good Earth Natural Foods provides a hot lunch at 12 noon, Tuesday through Thursday, at Margaret Todd Senior Center to Seniors 60+. Call 415-457-INFO seven days before you plan to dine for reservations. Suggested donation is $3.00. Monthly menus are available at Margaret Todd Senior Center. 

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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, 1:00-2:00PM, at MTSC. Food is provided by the Marin/San Francisco 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 visit Margaret Todd's website. This program is in partnership with Novato Safeway.

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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, 10:00-11:00AM, at MTSC. Bring a friend and enjoy a snack, coffee or tea in this cafe-like setting.

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Be Well Services

Blood Pressure Clinics – Free clinic on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10:00AM-12:00PM at MTSC. No appointment necessary, however MTSC membership is requested. Please visit Margaret Todd's website 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 availability 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.

Caregiver Support Group - this group is coordinated by the Alzheimer's Association and Adult Day Health Center. The group is geared towards providing support to those family caregivers of a person with memory loss. this group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 10:00-11:30AM at the Margaret Todd Senior Center. 


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  see the current 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.

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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. Visit Margaret Todd's website to find out more information about center membership.

Multicultural Services

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.

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.


Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in volunteering?  Call 415-899-8296 for more information.

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