The Tribe is here to support Tribal Elders with activities and social interaction.

Elders are considered the “wisdom-keepers” and are held in the highest regard

There are several activities each year that are attended by the Elders.

Eligibility: All CTCLUSI Tribal Elders (over 55 years of age) and their spouse, widow(er).

Caregivers and Guests: You are welcome to bring a caregiver or guest. They are welcome to share your room and ride along with Tribal transportation that departs from local area offices. Please be aware that transportation is limited.

Luncheons: A monthly luncheon will be held on the first Thursday of each month unless other arrangements have been made.

Trips: Limited transportation, meals and lodging are provided. These events are advertised through flyers, CTCLUSI website and Tribal newsletters.

Transportation: Limited transportation is available to luncheons and trips. Please be courteous of the driver and make us aware of any special needs you may have during the trip.

Mileage: You may be eligible to receive mileage reimbursement if you are unable to travel with the group due to a medical condition with a Doctor’s prescription.

Elders Committee: The role of this committee is to provide guidance to Health & Human Services staff on the Elders Activities Program and to make recommendations to Tribal Council concerning the program. There are seven members on the committee and positions are filled as they are vacated. Decisions concerning trips and activities are to be voted on by all of the Elders.

Title VI is a program for Elders (age 55 and over) providing Federal grant monies that allow us to supply Frozen Meals, Chore Service and Respite Care Services for Tribal Elders, their spouses and widow(er)s residing within our five-county service area (Coos, Curry, Lane, Douglas, and Lincoln Counties).

Meals: Frozen meals, bread and milk that have been approved for nutrition and healthy eating in accordance with the grantor’s guidelines are available for Tribal Elders, their spouses or widow(er)s.
As of April 1, 2014, each Tribal Elder, spouse or widow(er) is eligible to receive 20 (formerly 12) frozen meals, 1 loaf of whole grain bread and ½ gallon of reduced fat milk each month. A couple would receive 40 (formerly 24) meals, 2 loaves of whole grain bread and 1 gallon of reduced fat milk.
These items may be picked up at the Tribal Administration Offices in Coos Bay or at the Florence and Springfield Outreach Offices.
Chore Services: Each Elder is eligible for up to $250 in chore service money to help with chores that have become too difficult to do such as housekeeping, yard work, etc. Widows are also eligible for this service. There are forms that must be filled out and can be picked up or mailed to your home from your local office. The cycle for these funds is not on a calendar year. The funds are available from April 1 through March 31 each year. We generally send a letter when you have exhausted your funds, however, it is always a good idea to check your account before starting a big job to make sure you still have adequate funding.
Respite Care: If you are an unpaid caregiver of an Elder, spouse or widow, this service can provide funding to occasionally hire someone so you may have a break, do shopping, run errands, etc. You are eligible for up to $250 per year (April 1 through March 31). There are forms that must be filled out and can be picked up or mailed to your home from your local office. We also have a lending library designed to help caregivers which includes books, wheel chairs, canes, shower chairs and more.

The CTCLUSI Enrollment Department will now be managing the application process for this Elders benefit. The current funding for each Tribal Elder at age 65 and beyond is $500.00 per month. Tribal Code Chapter 5-10 defines this program in two categories. One way is as an Elders Pension, another way its defined as Supplemental Security Income Program. 

Due to the requirements of Tribal Code Chapter 5-10 Tribal Elders Pension and Tribal Elders Supplemental Security Income Program we are sending an application for you to complete and return.

Enrolled members who turn 65 years of age, can begin to receive this benefit the first month following their 65th birthday.

Once you complete your application, your checks will be mailed to the address you provide. There is an option for direct deposit, we ask that you reach out to the Finance Department for this process.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this new application process. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Doug Morrison

Community Health Aide

Barbara Black

Tribal Navigator

541-888-7520 (Main)
541-294-5472 (Secondary)
1245 Fulton Ave
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420