In the year 2000 the Morongo Elder Program was envisioned by several Elders from within the community.
The concept was a program which was available to all Morongo Elders who wished to participate. It was desired that this program was to provide the recreational opportunities that the Elders did not have available to them in the past.
Opportunities include in-house activities and trips to various locations. Pow wows, theatrical shows, in-house activities, luncheons and local day trips.
The Elders Program has an annual Christmas party for the Elders of Morongo and their invited Elder Guests from nearby reservations. This Christmas tradition was started several years prior to the creation of the Morongo Elders Program and has remained the principle event of the year to this day.
Since the beginning we have worked to make the program what it is today. We have been on many trips, both locally and on long multi-day trips. Albuquerque, San Francisco, Oregon, Death Valley, San Simeon, Monterey, Solvang and Hawaii are just a few places we have visited. Locally the Elders visit various locations which offer Cultural, Historic, Entertainment and Shopping opportunities.
The Elders travel is by bus provided by the Morongo Transportation Department. The buses are Handicapped Accessible and include an elevator lift.
From the beginning, each month, we have a Monthly Birthday Luncheon to honor those Elders whose birthdays are celebrated in that month.
The Monthly Birthday Luncheon, Bingo Day, and our Arts and Crafts are the mainstay of the In-House activities. The Morongo Elders Program is located in the Morongo Tribal Hall and the Elders Program Staff also provides coordination and assistance to all Tribal Members who wish to use the Tribal Hall for their personal usage.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians