Monthly President’s Report

April 2020

We wish we were open for all activities during these trying times!  Making the decision to close all non-essential programs including social, recreational, educational, and fitness was difficult, but ultimately, closing was in the best interest of our community, our members, and guests.  Our number one priority is maintaining the health and safety of our community while still providing the essential programs and services many people need especially during times like these.

I want to especially thank the wonderful volunteers who arrive daily to pack meals and deliver them to current Meals on Wheels clients as well as those older adults who were practicing social distancing and self-quarantining.  This tremendous group of volunteers enabled our Nutrition department to provide meals for all who needed them.

Another group of outstanding volunteers that I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to are the Workers on Wheels volunteers who continued to provide crucial grocery shopping and transportation services to clients.

Adult Day Services Day Break and Ceili Cottage were able to continue providing much needed care by vigilantly monitoring all participants for symptoms and frequently communicating with loved ones.

Caregiver Case Management, Caregiver Outreach, BRIDGES Employment Resource Center, and SHIINE have been able to provide services via phone and/or email.

Many individuals and organizations donated funding to the Nutrition department to offset the cost of providing additional meals to those who need them.  In addition to the daily meals, the Nutrition Department was able to distribute over 3000 dry emergency meals to Meals on Wheels clients because of their generosity.

Currently, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program has been suspended indefinitely.  We do not know when the program will be restarted.

Finally, we will be rescheduling the 19th Annual Gourmet Guys event for a later date this fall.

It has truly been a blessing to serve all of you!!