A Different Type of Homebound Service Now Available
Rockland County residents that are unable to travel to a library due to illness, age or disability may now receive library materials through the U.S. mail for FREE! Contact your local library for details about this program. Certain restrictions may apply. Please click the image below to view the website of the Ramapo Catskill Library System which serves Rockland County among several others
Register Today for a My Social Security Account
Your Social Security Statement is a free financial planning tool that shows how much you've earned over the years and what you can expect to receive from Social Security when you retire. Your statement is available when you set up an account. Click on the image below to do so:
Boat Trip on the Pride of the Hudson
All of the Meals on Wheels five senior centers enjoyed a boat trip on the Pride of the Hudson during the month of June. Our seniors enjoyed sunny skies and beautiful breezes as they took a two-hour tour on the Hudson River. Leaving Newburgh, NY, the boat sailed by West Point, Bannerman Castle and other points of interest while seniors enjoyed the beautiful day and a delicious boxed lunch. A good time was had by all! Please click below to see more photos from the boat trip.
Kurz Family Foundation Recognized
On June 3rd, Meals on Wheels hosted a reception to thank Leonard Kurz for the ongoing generosity of the Kurz Family Foundation. To show appreciation the agency dedicated a plaque on its Henry Solomon Recognition Wall to the late Herb Kurz and the Kurz Family Foundation. Mr. Leonard Kurz spoke to those in attendance about what he learned from his father, Herb, who was a role model for community support and some of the Foundation's hopes for the future.
Meet Barbara Greenberg
Barbara, a member of the Meals on Wheels' Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center, graces our summer appeal letter that you may have recently received in the mail. Barbara loves attending a Meals on Wheels' Senior Center because it helps her live life to the fullest. Please click here to read how Barbara moved from Letchworth Village into the community and how she is thriving today. Your financial support helps us continue to serve Barbara and many others!Summer Appeal
Inspiring Seniors Among Us
Meals on Wheels is pleased has partnered with Bardonia Physical Therapy to provide physical therapy services on-site at the agency's five senior centers. A team of trained Physical Therapists come weekly to each of the centers to provide group and individual exercises to center members. Exercises are tailored to meet center members' needs and are provided to seniors with no out-of-pocket cost. "This is such a valuable service," says Jean Labosco, Director of Senior Centers at Meals on Wheels, "as it would be very difficult for many of our seniors to access the services on their own."
Financially Protecting Our Seniors
Federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has created several easy-to-understand guides to help seniors make sound financial decisions and help protect seniors from financial abuse (e.g. preventing common scams!).Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Caregiving in the U.S. 2015
Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 is a joint research study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP providing new insights into different groups of caregivers and the challenges they face in the workplace.
To read more about the report please click on the link below:Report
Free Smoke Alarms Available
The Department of Health Healthy Neighborhood Program can provide and install free smoke alarms to eligible residents, including seniors. All that is required is a brief home survey at the time of the visit. Please call (845) 364-3290 or 3292 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Expanded Coverage for More NYS Seniors
The New York State 2014-15 budget included the expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC) to cover the prescription needs of more seniors. Eligible income brackets wereexpanded to double for married couples (from $50,000 to $100,000) and to more than double for singles (from $35,000 to $75,000). Please click on the image below for more information.
Countywide Telephone Reassurance Program
If you are over 60 and living in Rockland County and would like to get a free, friendly phone call each day, you may request it from Northern Services Group. To become a recipient or volunteer for the program call the Director of volunteer Services at Northern Services Group at (845) 426-6757.
A Worry-Free Way for Seniors to Stay Connected
Assurance Wireless, is partnering with Meals on Wheels Association of America to provide FREE cell service to low-income eligible seniors. In a world where many seniors are struggling for access to basic needs, Assurance Wireless, can help them stay connected to family, friends and emergency services.
Click on the link below for more information:PDF
Senator Carlucci secures $50,000 in Funding for Agency Needs
The funding will be used to replace two condensing units for two walk-in refrigerators that are used to store fresh food items needed to produce over 190,000 meals annually to serve seniors and the homebound and for food for approximately 7,300 meals for the Homebound Meal Delivery Program.
Senator Carlucci presents a $50,000 check to Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond. Also pictured are some agency staff members and seniors served by the agency.
Kolb Subaru Staff and Customers Stuff the Trunk!
Meals on Wheels is very grateful to Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru in Orangeburg, NY for holding a "Stuff the Trunk" event this past June to collect non-perishable food donations for the agency's emergency shelf-stable food program.
2014 Agency Accomplishments Highlighted in Annual Report
The agency is proud to announce the publication of the 2014 Annual Report. The report reveals that 192,077 meals were produced and that the agency benefited from 28,343 volunteer hours last year! To read more about our 2014 accomplishments, please download the Annual Report by clicking on the button below:2014 Annual Report
Translators Without Borders
Meals on Wheels is grateful to Translators Without Borders for providing translation services for our program participants and prospective clients who have limited English proficiency. They have chosen to support the agency by donating their translation services free of charge. The agency is grateful to them for their generosity and assistance.
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
The Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation BBQ, held on June 11, 2015, was a huge success. Over 200 volunteers and staff celebrated the loving and caring work accomplished by our volunteers. Meals on Wheels is very fortunate to have an amazing team of over 400 volunteers. We value each and every one of our volunteers and the unique skills and personalities that they all bring to us, whether they are with us a few hours a year or several hours a week. In 2014 our volunteers served over 28,00 hours preparing food in our commissary, delivering meals to homebound clients, assisting in our offices, pitching in at special events, and spending time with seniors in our centers.
Serving Families Affected by Breast Cancer
Did you know that your Meals on Wheels serves families affected by Breast Cancer?
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland is participating in the Magnolia Meals at Home™ program. Many of our neighbors living with breast cancer receive up to six monthly home deliveries of up to seven meals designed to help meet their nutritional needs. In addition, family members may also receive up to 10 meals as well. To find out if you or a loved one is eligible visit the Magnolia Meals website by clicking below or contact Ilsa Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (845) 624-6325.
Research Backed Evidence Confirms "More than a Meal" Benefit
Meals on Wheels of American released the results of The More Than a Meal Research Study, on March 2, 2015. The study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, not surprisingly, reveals significant impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the control groups.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the control groups.
To read an executive summary of the study or the full report, please visit:More Than A Meal
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Now our participants, volunteers, supporters, and all interested may view our past E-Newsletters. Please click here to access the archive.