FREE SUPPORT FOR DEPRESSED SENIORS
Through its Sparrow Program in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Catholic Charities, in partnership with UC San Francisco, is offering free, in-home support to seniors 60 and older who are depressed. The support is part of a research study examining the effectiveness of a well-known intervention – problem-solving therapy combined with case management. Participants will receive 12 weeks of intervention, either with a licensed care manager or trained senior peer counselor. To be screened over the phone, call Catholic Charities’ Sonora office at (209) 532-7632.
FAMILIES CAN ENROLL IN MJC’S EARLY CARE
Modesto Junior College has a few openings for preschoolers and their families in the Early Care and Education program on the west campus. The Me-Wuk Child Development Laboratory and Parent Participation Preschool is accepting applications for kids ages 2 to 5. Children will start in the fall semester and continue into spring. They will attend weekday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30, or Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30. The cost for a preschooler family is $15 per day. If admitted, each semester a child is enrolled, one parent or guardian is required to complete a six-hour parenting class through MJC Community Education. Each semester, families also are required to volunteer in the classroom. Applications are at www.mjc.edu/instruction/fcs/earlycare and are accepted year-round. Applications for the next round of lottery selections are due by Aug. 18. Questions may be directed to Sarah Ford at (209) 575-6329.