“The mission of Vida Senior Centers is to improve and maintain the quality of life of Latino and other seniors living in isolation or within a family context in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Vida Senior Centers aims at improving the wellness, self-sufficiency and independence of seniors by effectively providing culturally and linguistically competent programs and services.”
Who We Are
A brief history of Vida Senior Centers
The organization was initially founded in 1969 as the Educational Organization for United Latin Americans and was known as EOFULA. It remains the oldest Latino/Hispanic nonprofit in the District. Initially the agency served as an umbrella organization helping to organize other nonprofits to serve the needs of the Latino community.
In 1974, the senior members of the community became the major focus of the organization and received funding from the District to establish what was known as the “Spanish Senior Center.” The focus of the organization changed to serving the needs of the Latino and other seniors in the community. Vida became the first Latino organization in the District to specialize in providing bilingual, bicultural services and programs in the District to meet the unique needs of seniors . In 2009, the agency officially changed its name to “Vida Senior Center” and is often referred to simply as “Vida.”
Currently, Vida operates two senior center sites and serves over 500 seniors throughout the District. The sites at Vida Calvert Street and Vida Brightwood on Missouri Avenue NW are the only senior center sites in the District that can provide culturally appropriate services to the Latino senior population as staff is bi-lingual. The fast growing population of citizens 60 or more years of age that come to the two locations for services continues to grow and Vida is in the planning stages of expanding sites and facilities to meet the needs of this fast growing, diverse population in the District.
What We Do
Programs, Activities, and Services provided with Care and Compassion
The District’s elderly constitute 16% of the city’s total population. Latino elders make up over six percent of the overall Latino population and five percent of the city’s senior population. Latino seniors are the poorest subgroup in the District and together represent over 19 different countries including the United States.
Every year, Vida Senior Centers’ staff provides direct services to more than 750 low-income seniors from throughout the District. Our services address a wide range of compounding demographic and social factors that allow seniors to live independently, maintain a healthy lifestyle, access health care, and self-manage their chronic diseases.
We invite you to join us for a site visit, stay in touch with us, and contribute to our mission by volunteering or making a donation. For a tour of Vida programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-483-5800.
Vida Senior Centers currently operates two sites. With fast growing
Vida Calvert Street – is located at the agency headquarters at 1842 Calvert Street NW and serves the Latino/Hispanic seniors and others. Because the staff at this site is bi-lingual, seniors from seven out of the eight Wards are either transported in or make their way to the Center.
Vida Brightwood Nutrition Center – is located at 1330 Missouri Avenue NW in Ward 4. This site is located in an affordable housing facility Vida Senior Residences at Brightwood. This site serves the residents of the facility and seniors from the surrounding community.
Eligibility: Any resident of the District that is 60 years of age or older is eligible for services. All services provided at Vida Senior Centers are free of charge.