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Meals on Wheels and
 Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Tributes and Memorials
Upcoming Events
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
Making A Difference
Fall Prevention
Health and Wellness
Healthy Bites
About Town
Meals on Wheels

Stephanie Ayres
Esther Becker
Christine Currie
Maureen Glanville
Melissa Hickey
Laura Meints
Larry Rose
Friendly Visitors
JoAnne Creamer
Daniel Kennard
Marilyn Trabert
Jung & Tyler Westover  

C. C. Cafés

  Dee Baldoza   
 Jerry Bowen
Joyce Claudino
Joseph Dea 
 John Giles
Robert Harris
       Brian Jones   
 Darcy Jones
    Elma Nursement
  Mattie Peterson
Tricia Murray 


Dear Beautiful Meals on Wheels People,


Thank you so much is such a few sweet words for the caring, cheer, and wonderful smiles you bring into all our lives!


You have my gratitude and deep appreciation for all your caring and time (so softly and quietly given).


Love to you all,



Tributes and Memorials
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:
John Bachelder
Dorothy Bachelder
LaVera L. Brown
Jim Bruzzone
Celia Gossett
Don Hand
Mary Lynne H. Lane
Shawn Morrissey
Joyce A. Parrish
Meredie Porterfield

Life is Grand:  A Photo Contest Celebrating the Face of Aging
August 15th-October 3rd
 Join the fun and submit a photo of your "Grand Friend" for Grandparents Day this year. 
Lots of great prizes including annual subscriptions to SmugMug, prizes from Bay Photo Lab, amazing judges, and a celebration at
Winning photos will be featured in 
  Submit your photo(s) on our website.
All photos must be received by October 3rd or they will not qualify. 

Saturday, September 24th

To schedule an appointment,
call (888) 204-5573 by September 16, 2016


African American Health Empowerment Expo

Saturday, September 24th
8:00am - 2:30pm
Pittsburg High School
1750 Harbor Street,

Sunday, October 2nd
8:30am - 11:00am
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane,
Pleasant Hill
Volunteer of the Year
Wells Fargo Bank
featured in

The Press runs article on need for volunteer drivers in East County. 


National Senior Citizens Day 
August 21st
When completing your shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and pick Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services as your charity of choice.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our organization.
Make your purchases count, visit! 
As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests. 

Please contact Erica Marcus at
 or 925-937-8315.  
Available Resources


Cancer Support Community


3276 McNutt Avenue

Walnut Creek





Contra Costa County Information & Assistance


Contra Costa Crisis Center
Awards and Recognition

 Clayton Valley Women's Club

Celebration of Living Award 2016

  The Rotary Club of the Delta, Antioch

Certification of Appreciation

awarded to Elaine Clark

"In honor of Your Contributions and Presentation." 

Issue 4, Volume 8
August 2016
Once again Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services received a "Four Star Rating" from Charity Navigator. This is the highest rating available from the premier source of evaluating a nonprofit's fitness.  Check out our profile.
The rating is especially important to us as we move into the fall "giving season."  No longer hosting the Crab Dinner event, we will be looking for additional support from individual donors.  Charity Navigator and Guidestar both are trusted resources to review the fitness and transparency of organizations.  I encourage you to use them as a guide for all of your giving. 


Making A Difference
Making a difference takes many forms.  This month the  campers from "Do Cool Things That Matter" spent two hours bringing joy to the senior diners at our Walnut Creek C. C. Café.  As a group they served more than a meal, they served smiles and listening. By taking the time to show they cared, they validated the 60 individuals enjoying a hot lunch. 
Camera West in Walnut Creek is also making a difference.  Join us for "Life is Grand," a photo contest celebrating the energy and vitality of older adults.  The photo contest is for all ages and experience levels.  The event will culminate with a showing of photos at Camera West, the only Leica dealer in Contra Costa.  The winning photos will appear in 86° Magazine and contestants will receive valuable prizes from SmugMug and Bay Photo Lab.
Another individual who is making a difference is Steve Powell, creator of IndeeLift.  When Steve's dad kept falling, Steve knew he had a problem.  He also knew that he might not always be around to help pick him up.  So Steve invented a device to help pick him up off the floor in a safe manner.
The device is now being used by fire departments to prevent back issues when 9-1-1 professionals are called to pick up individuals who have fallen.  The IndeeLift team will be at the Fall Prevention Pancake Breakfast on October 1, in Pleasant Hill.  We encourage you to come to the event to see how the IndeeLift human floor lift is changing lives.
Finally, we want to mention the tremendous support we are receiving from the Far East Communities of Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley.  City officials and Senior Clubs are actively engaged in activities and planning for future growth.  We support these efforts and look forward to becoming more involved.
Meals on Wheels
Highlighting the Critical Need for Meal Delivery
With no air conditioning or swamp cooler, it gets very hot in LaDonna's Pittsburg home, especially this summer where temperatures have spiked well beyond the 100 degree mark.

LaDonna has been receiving meals through the Meals on Wheels for over two years.  She suffers from multiple health conditions, the worst of which are rheumatoid
East Bay Times Reporter, Francine Brevetti (left) and MOW client, LaDonna (right).
arthritis and asthma. 

"I sit on the front porch which has some shade when it's too hot to be inside," says LaDonna, who was recently interviewed by Reporter Francine Brevetti of the East County Times.
LaDonna and her dog, Emerald, manage through it, but rely heavily on the good works and compassion of the MOWSOS volunteer drivers.  "I know each day when my meal is delivered that someone is checking on me -- that someone cares," says LaDonna.
For more information contact Nancy Raniere at  or 925-9378607.
C. C. Cafés
Luau Offers A Little Bit of Paradise
The Crockett C. C. Café hosted a luau luncheon on July 12th featuring live music and professional hula dancers.
Sue Velde (left) and Earl Brown (right) enjoy the party.
Diners were treated to  Chicken Tahitian, glazed carrots, steamed rice, cabbage salad and banana pudding. 

"We welcomed 74 diners and had a great time learning to hula dance," says C.C. Café Program Specialist, Bonnie Paulson.

Café participant, Joyce, says "This is the best event ever.  I'm looking forward to many more."
For more information contact Sharon Fitzgerald at ;or 925-891-4872.
 Fall Prevention

Every 11 seconds, an older adult
 is seen in an emergency
 department for a
 fall-related injury.

Many falls are preventable.
Check out "6 Steps to Prevent a Fall" by National Council on Aging on Vimeo.
Stay safe with these tips!

September 22nd is Fall Prevention Awareness Day.  MOWSOS and Fall Prevention organizations across the country will ask cities to declare September 22-28 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week. 

For more information contact Alayne Balke at  or 925-891-4761.
 Health and Wellness

Caregiver Workshop A Success! 
Today's family caregiver is part social worker, nurse, financial manager, son, daughter, brother, sister, son/daughter-in-law, or grandchild. 

Forty-six percent of family caregivers perform medical tasks normally associated as "nurse delegated" functions typically with little training from the health and social service system.  The responsibilities and challenges of caring for a loved one can place significant stress on the family caregiver.

MOWSOS' Free Family Caregiver Workshops are designed to help alleviate the stress.
On Tuesday, July 26th, the Health and Wellness Team held a workshop in Walnut Creek.  "I really enjoyed this workshop and am so thankful for the resources," says one participant.  "It was very informative and I am glad that I attended."
For a list of upcoming workshops, click here.
For more information on the Health and Wellness Division, contact, Cynthia Black, Health and Wellness Division Manager at or 925-239-2484.
 Healthy Bites


Are you headed for a long life?

Your longevity and vitality depend largely on what you eat, your social network, daily rituals, physical environment and sense of purpose. How are you doing in these areas? Could you help yourself to do better?

Take this quiz and find out.

 About Town

Crockett C. C. Café 



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 x104

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