The OASIS Senior Center (Older Adult Social and Information Services) opened its doors to seniors in August 1977. Interested seniors, many of whom were active in lobbying for the senior center, established the Friends of OASIS, a non-profit California corporation. One of its specific purposes is “to provide continuing informational, social, and organizational assistance to senior citizens through the operation of a senior citizens center in conjunction with the city of Newport Beach.” Following that directive, the Friends took the lead in defining and implementing the many different activities at the Center. The Friends and the City of Newport Beach also established a unique working relationship, which continues today.
The Friends of OASIS, Inc. is a non-profit California corporation dedicated to supporting the senior community. The focus of this organization is to provide financial and volunteer support to the OASIS Senior Center. Its goal is to assist in giving seniors the opportunity to live healthy, active and productive lives.
In the early years, most of the programs and services were performed by senior volunteers and with the Friends substantial financial support. As the number of senior clients grew, and the demand for programs and services expanded, the City’s role expanded as well. In the beginning, City staff at OASIS consisted of a full-time clerical person, a full-time maintenance person, and a recreation supervisor who was responsible for Center supervision, administration, and programming. Gradually, additional staff members were hired to meet the growing need for programs and services.
The role of Friends also expanded, with Friends providing travel services, gift shop, several clubs, concerts, and events. Friends continues to provide substantial financial support to the transportation program and recreational activities. They also participate with the City staff in planning the annual calendar of events.