SIB Senior Helpers Program Benefits City Seniors

By Stephanie Dethomas….

The SIB Senior Helpers program is a free service intended to add to the quality of life of seniors in our Sunny Isles Beach community with “friends helping friends,” finding solutions to problems.

This service offers opportunities for seniors to sit down with a City employee to get the kind of help expected from a friend or favorite nephew or niece. Here are some examples.

A senior wants help renewing his automobile tags.

A Senior Helper can sit with the senior to make sure the renewal form is filled out correctly before the senior mails it in.

An elderly couple is moving and wants their Social Security checks sent to their new address in a timely manner.

The couple can sit with a Senior Helper and together call the Social Security office to find out what is required. The Senior Helper can make sure the couple completes any necessary paperwork.

A senior needs help communicating with her telephone service provider over a disputed item on a bill.

A SIB Senior Helper can sit with the senior, and together call the telephone company’s customer service office. They can work together to clarify the dispute. The Senior Helper can make sure the senior understands what is necessary to resolve the problem.

The SIB Senior Helpers program is yet another service or program among those offered by the City to its seniors, many of which are free, and include:

Community Shuttle Bus Service. (Free.)

Easy, clean, comfortable, and handicap accessible bus service offered 7 days a week around town and to Aventura and Intracoastal Malls. This service also connects to North Miami Beach and Aventura shuttle buses at the Bus2Bus signs.

 Sunny Serenade Concerts. (Free.)

Good music and good company under the stars at Samson Oceanfront Park on designated Wednesday evenings during the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Golden Era Film Series. (Free)

Classic movies on a week day morning in a comfortable indoor setting. Pre-registration required. Call 305.792.1706.

Bingo. (Free.)

Bingo held on select Wednesdays. Join your neighbors for fun and prizes. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 305.792.1706 to reserve your spot.

Annual Anniversary Party. (Free.)

A City celebration held annually in June at Samson Oceanfront Park with fun, games, offshore boat races and entertainment for the entire family.

Mount Sinai Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Glucose Screening. (Free.)

A service provided each second Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the 1st Floor Meeting Room in the Government Center. No reservations required; just show up.

Mount Sinai Lecture Series. (Free.)

An educational lecture series presented by experts from Mt. Sinai held the first week of every month on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Pre-registration is required with Mt. Sinai at 305.674.2600.

Mount Sinai Transportation Services. (Free.)

Transportation provided to and from Mount Sinai Medical Center at 4300 Alton Road on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays pick up at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. and returning Noon and 3:00 p.m. Reservation required at 305.792.1706.

Walking Club. (Free.)

During the winter season. Open to all ages, the club meets at 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Town Center Park and walks for an hour. Must register at Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road. Direct questions to 305.792.1706.

AARP Tax Preparation Services. (Free.)

Tax preparation services offered by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) each year from February to April for taxpayers with low and middle incomes with special attention to ages 60+.

Mobile Library Services from Miami- Dade County. (Free.)

The mobile library comes to your neighborhood in Sunny Isles Beach: Tuesdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Winston Towers 100, 250 -174 Street. Wednesdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Arlen House, 100 Bayview Drive (158 Street). Fridays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Ocean View, 19390 Collins Avenue.

Cultural Event Trips. (Fee-based.)

Discounted tickets with transportation included to a variety of events: plays, operas, major league sports, etc. Reservations are required and may be made in person at the Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road, M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; or at the SIB Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue, M – Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Cultural Series. (Fee-based)

The best-kept secret in town! Classical music, jazz and dance performances four times a year. Brought to your City in an intimate setting at very affordable prices. Individual and series tickets are available.

Mini-FLOW (Fee-based)

Get a new, duplicate or renewal for your Florida ID Card or a duplicate or renewal of your Florida Driver’s License. This service is offered every other month on the first Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and is conveniently located in the 1st Floor Meeting Room at the Government Center. No reservations required, standard licensing fees apply.

AARP Driving Safety Course. (Fee-based.)

Offered once or twice yearly in the winter season at the 1st Floor Meeting Room in the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brush up your driving skills and apply for an insurance discount with successful completion of the class. Call 305.792.1706 for details.

Classes and programs: Bocce league, yoga, English as a second language, etc. (Feebased.)

City-sponsored classes and activities offered by the Cultural & Human Services Department and listed in the quarterly Calendar of Programs and Events. Most classes are offered in 4 week sessions. Pick up a copy of the Calendar of Programs and Events at the Government Center or Pelican Community Park or find it online at

For more information about the above services and programs, check Senior Services & Resources online at the City’s official website:; or call the Cultural & Human Services Department at 305.792.1706.

If you are a senior, you can utilize the SIB Senior Helpers program.

Appointments with a Senior Helper a re available Tuesday afternoons beginning at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue.

To make an appointment, call M – F, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 305.947.0606. Press 0 and ask to speak with a Senior Helper.

Seniors who need referral information can stop by the Information Center in the 1st Floor Lobby of the SIB Government Center at 18070 Collins Avenue or check Senior Services & Resources online at

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