SourcePoint wants to be your neighbor.

SourcePoint wants to be your neighbor.

The Delaware County nonprofit organization that caters to those 55 and older opened a second location last month at 1070 Polaris Parkway, Suite 200.

The office, near the intersection of Gemini Place and Polaris Parkway, will be "visible and accessible," said Bob Horrocks, executive director.

The new office includes many of the same services SourcePoint provides at its enrichment center and headquarters, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware -- just closer to home for many county seniors.

Nearly half of Delaware County residents 55 and older live in Genoa, Liberty and Orange townships, an area that encompasses Powell and Lewis Center, Horrocks said.

But only a fraction of them are clients of SourcePoint, a countywide organization, he added.

"The decision to expand our presence in the southern part of Delaware County was a logical step, given the density of the population," said Fara Waugh, director of client services. "Our mission is to help the community set a course to live well after 55. By placing staff and resources in a second location, we have the opportunity to support more older adults in the cities south of Delaware."

The agency has been planning the move since at least 2016 and spent more than a year looking for the right location.

"We house a team of our care consultants, who are all licensed social workers. They are going to be closer to their clients," Horrocks said. "We'll be offering an information and referral specialist who can connect people with the right social service agency. They know everything about older folks in the county, whether it's a service we offer or not."

As part of the expansion, SourcePoint plans to hire a third insurance counselor to help clients wrangle with Medicare.

"That is a very popular program. If you're turning 65 and you're new to Medicare, it is very, very confusing," Horrocks said. "People will also be able to walk in or make an appointment."

The location also has a large training center for educational programs and events.

"We have a six-week course called Powerful Tools for Caregivers that's really popular," Horrocks said. "It's for family members that are caring for a loved one, designed to provide support to them so they don't get burned out. People come to us looking for help or advice for a loved one or for themselves"

SourcePoint also provides in-home health services, medical transportation, personal care and nutrition programs. The enrichment center in Delaware has a pool and fitness classes in addition to educational programs.

This month, the organization plans to open a fifth community cafe at the White Lilly Chapel, 20 S. Main St. in Ashley, northeast of Delaware.

A grand-opening celebration is planned for July 12, after which the cafe will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday and Friday.

SourcePoint currently operates cafes in Delaware and Sunbury, which serve thousands of lunches on a donation basis to those 55 and older.

Many other programs are provided free or on a sliding-fee scale.

"The sooner we can start educating people, the earlier we get to those people the better," Horrocks said. "If we can help keep people thriving at home and in the community, then it will hopefully delay the time they might need in-home services, because it's a lot less expensive to help someone remain in their home.

"Our mission is to help people thrive after 55, and that means different things for different people."

Walk-in hours are available at the Polaris Parkway location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, with other times available by appointment.

For more information, call 740-363-6677 or visit www.mysourcepoint.org.

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