Hyattsville Aging in Place formed in January 2011 to help seniors in Hyattsville stay in their homes and have a more active life in our community. In its first months, HAP helped the city hire a senior services coordinator, created an annual picnic, and began running informational meetings.
In 2012, HAP incorporated, became a 501(c)(3) and received its first grant – from Councilman Will Campos from a fund the county provides to help nonprofits extend services to the community. HAP ran its second Senior Picnic and also developed informational meetings on medical issues, nutrition and what to know about hospice care. It also began outreach and training for volunteers for the HAP Volunteer Network, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
The Volunteer Network launched on February 6, 2013 and in its first year, HAP filled 153 service requests, mostly rides to doctors, but also grocery shopping, help with medical and legal information, minor house repairs, and referrals to vendors, to some 25 senior residents of Hyattsville. The Volunteer Network also runs errands, picks up prescriptions, shovels snow and and helps with yard clean-up.
HAP has run a series of meetings on Fall Prevention.