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 Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
Making A Difference
Meals on Wheels
Care Management
Fall Prevention
C.C. Café
Healthy Bites
About Town
Meals on Wheels


Bill Barbanica
Maria Bean
Will Bean
Lawrence Hanson
Sharon Hanson
Casey Metcho
Michelle San Pedro
Jeannine Stein
Deirdre Zigler 


 Friendly Visitors


Susan Byrd     

Lorelei Rivera

Siobhan Stuart



"When my mother needed care in her last months, I would go to her nursing home daily.  I saw then that many in the home were forgotten.    


"As a result, I decided that I wanted to help older adults who may be lonely and  on their own."  

MOWSOS Supporter and Volunteer, Sheila O'Leary 


"We're very excited about this and we cherish your partnership and we support you, will continue to do so, and appreciate all that you and MOWSOS do for the seniors we serve in East County and greater Contra Costa."


Vinny DiNicola,


HomeLife Senior Care on the Falls Safe Community Partner Training


SHARE Meeting 


Tuesday, May 19th

9:00am -11:00am

111 N. Wiget Lane,

Walnut Creek



Monument Crisis Center Fair


Friday, May 29th

9:30am - 11:30am

1990 Market Street,




Rotary HOME Team


Saturday, May 30th

FREE home maintenance for seniors unable to perform basic household repairs



Free Emergency Preparedness Conference


Saturday, May 30th

8:30am - 2:00pm

Ambrose Community Center

3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point



Vintage Wedding Dress Fashion Show

at the Kensington


Sunday, June 14th

2:00pm - 4:00pm

1580 Geary Road,

Walnut Creek




MOWSOS Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, June 18th

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Heather Farm,

Walnut Creek





Fall Prevention Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser


September 13

8:30am- 10:30am 





Need for Drivers on front page of the local section of CCTimes!


Contra Costa Times Article April 27, 2015


Listen to our newest agency video by College Park High School.


MOWSOS Music Video 2015
MOWSOS Music Video 2015


Available Resources

Senior Center Without Walls Health & Well Being Series

 Summer Session 2015

 May 25 - August 16


Click here to register.


Click here for course catalog.


Contra Costa County Information & Assistance


Senior and Disabled Helpline Website

or call





Free Safe Driving Classes for Seniors

The "Age Well Drive Smart" class is an ongoing two hour program designed to help Contra Costa County's senior drivers.

For more dates an times click here. 

Issue 3, Volume 5
May  2015


May is Older Americans Month - a time to celebrate lives well-lived.  May is also the perfect time to demand more from our elected officials.


The Older Americans Act needs to be reauthorized.  And, in California, the Older Californians Act needs to be reinvested.


Earlier this month, MOWSOS participated in a Senior Rally Day at the State Capitol.  We are also advocating for the creation and distribution of a limited edition postage stamp highlighting seniors.  Shirley Krohn, a Senior Assembly Member with the California Senior Legislature is spearheading this project.


Join the effort by contacting me.  Together we can make a difference.




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 Making A Differencc

Seniors Matter

On Wednesday, May 6th, more than 100 senior advocates joined forces by rallying at the State Capitol to urge lawmakers to "make seniors a priority in 2015 and beyond."


Rally cries of "seniors pay taxes, seniors vote, and seniors matter" were heard loud and clear on the West Lawn and in the Assembly Chamber rooms from 9am to 2pm.


The California Senior Legislature organized the event because services that support the elderly have suffered

High School Students Larry Chiem (left) and Walt Riker (right) interview Senator Carol Liu on the front steps of the Capitol Building.

disproportionate cuts in the budget process and financial tightening has endangered the safety net.  Any cuts this year would eliminate necessary and needed services.

Buses full of advocates left early Wednesday morning and lunch was graciously donated by Byron Park Retirement Community and the Kensington Senior Vintage Living. Laurie Beck with Senior Helpline Services donated water and snacks. 


Two College Park High School students joined the rally and captured many great moments during the day.  Stay tuned for more pictures in next month's newsletter.

Meals on Wheels


A Birthday Proclamation


"WHEREAS Gertrude (Trudy) Mae West was born at home on April 16, 1915 in Stanton, Nebraska, attending schools there, working and eventually marrying Glenn Edward West and is celebrating her 100th birthday...


"...NOW THEREFORE, I, Timothy S. Grayson, Mayor of the City of Concord, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2015  'Gertrude (Trudy) Mae West Day' in the City of Concord,

Wedding Day for Glenn and Trudy.

extend sincere best wishes as she celebrates her milestone 100th birthday and thank her for the difference she has made in our community."


How's that for a birthday present?  Trudy, a MOWSOS client, was delightfully surprised when Mayor Grayson arrived at her home filled with family, neighbors, and friends, including MOWSOS volunteer driver, Karen Morones, to celebrate her 100th birthday. 


To see a video of Mayor Grayson's Proclamation to Trudy, click on their picture below.

Trudy and Concord Mayor Tim Grayson celebrate her 100 years. Click on the picture to hear the Proclamation read aloud.


Care Management




Coordinated Care Responds Immediately


"Joan" was in need of help. A victim of domestic violence, she had fallen on hard times and at the age of 65 decided to build a new life for herself. Fortunately, she called Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services and help was immediately deployed.


Joan's story is like so many that MOWSOS receives every day. "Our Coordinated Care model is extremely efficient in cases like this," says Rosa Loya, Director of Care Planning.  "Many times, we are able to respond within hours," says Loya. 


In Joan's case, emergency food was delivered the same day and she was placed on the CalFresh Benefits Program (food stamps).  She was also provided with the address to the local C.C. Café and given transportation options.


Additionally, Joan will receive counseling from a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Loya and her staff will help her navigate through both housing and legal services. 


"This is what we do," says Loya.  "It is challenging work, but it is also rewarding work.  We're glad we can help."


If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Rosa Loya at or 925-937-8311. 

 Fall Prevention

  Train the Trainer

In April, the Fall Prevention Service Program Manager Alayne Balke provided training for HomeLife Senior Care employees in an effort to arm them with proven and leading edge falls prevention techniques which they will, in turn, use to train their nearly one-hundred care givers. 

From left to right: HomeLife Senior Care's Heather Odell; MOWSOS's Fall Prevention Program Manager, Alayne Balke; and HomeLife Senior Care's Julie St. Andre.


"This is a great way to deliver this important information quickly, and we see immediate benefits," says Balke.









Vinny DiNicola, Co-owner of HomeLife Senior Care says, "We're very excited about this training program and we cherish the partnership.  We support all that MOWSOS does for the seniors we serve in East County and greater Contra Costa County."


Upon completion of the training, HomeLife Senior Care received the coveted "Falls Safe Community Partner" distinction and seal of accomplishment.  


For more information about becoming a Falls Safe Community Partner, please contact Alayne Balke at or 925-937-8311.

C.C. Café

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Cafés are More than Food


Five years ago, long-time Bay Point resident, Dee, decided it was time to enjoy the perks of retirement by meeting new friends at the local Ambrose Community Center.  An avid dancer, Dee immediately

Dee Etheredge

joined the Zumba class, "Women in Motion,"  and now the Tai Chi class offered by MOWSOS Health and Wellness Division Manager, Cynthia Black.  "Tai Chi has helped me a lot," says Dee.  "Cynthia has a lot of patience!"


"We are like a family here," says Dee.  "Twice a year we get together on a Saturday afternoon and meet for lunch.  Sometimes there are as many as thirty of us....  Bay Point is a great place to live and I hope other seniors will join in the fun at the Bay Point C.C. Café."  


For more information on the C.C. Café Program, please contact Sharon Fitzgerald at or 925-937-8311.

 Healthy Bites


For Starters


Looking for a new appetizer for your first summer barbeque or picnic?  These potato and chicken salad cups are sure to be a hit! 


Click on the picture below for the recipe and enjoy!  

 About Town


Members and fan of the Rossmoor Big Band.

From left to right: Tania Pares, clarinetist and MOWSOS Director of Operations and Finance; David Brage, fan; and Karen Jenkins, clarinetist.

MOWSOS booth at the Concord Chamber's Senior Resource Expo.



Trudy celebrates 100 years.

One of Trudy's favorite things -- flowers!

Debbie Toth, CEO, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, gives a compelling speech during Senior Rally Day at the State Capitol.

College Park High School student, Larry Chiem, on his way to the Senior Rally.

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:
Leigh Shughrou
Public Affairs Specialist
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
925-937-8311 x133

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