For over 40 years, VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services), has promoted successful aging by providing programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity. Offering state-wide assistance to low-income adults seeking job training employment, our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) updates job skills for people 55 and older and places them in part-time employment. Retired and senior adults wishing to give back to the community can remain active with RSVP.
For older adults struggling with mental health and/or alcohol or addiction challenges, our Behavioral Health Solutions (formerly Avenues to Recovery) offers expert care to support the unique needs of aging. Health and wellness are important to the success of aging in place, and our Home Wellness Solutions and Meals on Wheels programs build on that concept by helping homebound and disabled people remain at home by providing home-delivered meals, wellness checks, and assistance with personal and household needs.
The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as the “ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” VANTAGE Aging recognizes the increased need for services to support the needs of older adults and with the further expansion of our services through community collaborations and support, we are prepared to provide assistance for the next 40 years and beyond.
Who We Serve
Our programs are customized to meet the specific needs of adults as they age and their families. See what our clients have to say about their experiences below.
“Keep pushing forward” is Angela’s life motto. While fighting cancer, Angela had to put her career on hold. Once she was well enough, she directed her attention to the difficult task of getting it back on track.
She found VANTAGE Workforce Solutions and applied for the SCSEP program. Determined, she soon had an assignment using her talents to assist Shore Cultural Center in marketing their events. With passion and persistence, she then found a job she loves at Seeds of Hope. Most remarkable, Angela continued to push her way through cancer treatment with a positive outlook on her journey to finding the right job.
Meals on Wheels
“Above excellent. I’m eating much better than before. I would recommend it to anyone.”
Right after David contacted VANTAGE/Meals on Wheels of Northern Ohio, he was sent a sample meal. Since then, the wide range of choices has kept him satisfied with the program.
But, food quality isn’t the only reason David is happy with his Meals on Wheels experience—the kindness he receives from the VANTAGE Meals on Wheels staff is what really makes the difference to him. “They’re always so friendly when I call in. I feel like I’m talking to the White House,” David said. “Occasionally, I’ll go into their office and I always feel uplifted because they’re extremely professional and show me respect.”
Home Wellness Solutions
“I have a home health aide and I love her dearly. She’s such a good person.”
In 1980, VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions client Colleen moved back home from California to take care of family members. Nearly thirty years later, she found herself needing assistance with daily tasks. VANTAGE helps her stay healthy in the home that she loves.
Colleen says that without the services she receives, she would be lost. “I have trouble walking, so I’d have trouble running the sweeper and have to be extremely careful dusting. VANTAGE offers so much that is so helpful.”
Behavioral Health Solutions
“I never talked to anybody. But this time, I shared.”
Keith’s troubled past led him to a problem with alcohol. Nearly a year ago, a traumatic event became the turning point in his life. “I prayed to God to take this away—take the drinking, take the confusion—and God told me, ‘No more poison’.”
He was recommended to attend treatment at VANTAGE Behavioral Health Solutions (formerly Avenues to Recovery), where he was finally able to open up to others. “I’ve gone to programs before, but because of my [PTSD], I just didn’t care,” said Keith. “I never talked to anybody. But this time, I shared on the first day, and every session after that.”
All in all, Keith has found Behavioral Health Solutions helpful. “I never would have been here [at VANTAGE] if it wasn’t for my past because I figured nobody could fix me. This was a God-given thing to me—their program, their kindness, and a lot of information.”
RSVP of Summit and Medina Counties
“My involvement has given meaning to my retirement.”
RSVP volunteer, Deborah, shared her experience volunteering with VANTAGE RSVP, saying, “I have had the opportunity to learn something new, meet interesting people, and work in both the office and the community. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to give back, explore the community, and see life in a different way.”
“My participation as a volunteer at VANTAGE has enhanced my knowledge, attitude, and beliefs. At times, my experience can be very touching, especially working in the food pantry. Some individuals are so touched that they are in tears or just want to share a hug as they express their gratitude and joy. It is a heartfelt moment.”
Our Strategic Plan
Below is the strategic plan created for the years 2013–2018, when VANTAGE Aging was known as Mature Services: