Every day our staff and volunteers experience another great senior moment worth sharing
Every day our staff and
another great senior
moment worth sharing
It’s not unusual to see our neighbors keeping a lookout for their weekday meal delivery. And they don’t hesitate to let us know when we’ve arrived a bit late, or how delighted they are that it’s meatloaf today.
A daily rhythm and reason to continue living life fully is a key component to our senior services. Client dignity is endorsed daily and self-sufficiency is celebrated.
Our older adult clients are honored through engaging conversation and continued encouragement on a regular basis. It’s because Meals on Wheels volunteers know the importance in helping seniors maintain a mindful life and how it can ensure the longevity in their own homes.
But even more important, are the relationships. Nothing can take the place of real live people caring for each other. A pat on the back, a quick joke and a handmade blanket as a holiday gift all let our clients know they have friends.
The healing power of a friendly “hello” can’t be underestimated.
We nourish the mind of our seniors by helping them pay attention by remembering a mealtime, a driver’s name, or creating for all of us — another great senior moment.
Tony is 55 years old and suffered a head trauma that resulted in brain injury. Because of this Tony cannot work, he struggles to prepare food for himself and he forgets to eat. While navigating his new life Tony tried to get food from his local food bank. However, the paperwork was difficult and he was denied several times due to small mistakes in his application. Once he was finally approved Tony raced to the food bank only to realize that any ready to eat food that was available was very unhealthy. With his diabetes and his high blood pressure Tony can’t live off of canned ravioli!
This is when his nurse stepped in and recommended Nourish Meals on Wheels. “It was a much easier process than trying to apply for the food bank” Tony told us, “we just called the office and I was getting hot meals delivered to me that same week!”
Tony wishes he could thank all of you personally for your donations that make this program possible. He says, “My health has improved! Even my nurses are happy with the meals! My blood pressure and sugars are down!” It is your support that lead Tony to a happier and healthier life. Thank you!
Nourish the Body
Andrea | KITCHEN VOLUNTEER
Our clients really thrive on this food — for some, these are their only meals.
Seniors know what they like, and they know what they don’t like. We spend at least an hour every day preparing special meals for clients that have allergies, need their food pureed, cut up, or have special preferences. That comes before we do the regular pack-out for the day. We serve the food directly into the trays, seal them, label them and put them directly into delivery bags for our drivers.
There is a protocol and lineup of how we do things and you do it that same way every single day. Which is why it gets out the door, nice and hot, ready to go.
Nourish the Spirit
Dan | VOLUNTEER DRIVER
Family is very important to me. Meals on Wheels is very much like immediate family and the people we deliver to are like extended family.
One couple that I deliver to got married in 1952. She is French and he’s an American, and they got married in Paris. They live in this townhome now here in the South Denver-Metro area. They said we are the reason that they have been able to stay in this house and remain independent for the last 30 years. 30 years!
And, for a lot of these people, we may be the only ones they see during the day — we may be their only caretakers. It just really feels good to be able to help.
Nourish the Mind
Patti | CLIENT NEIGHBOR
Every day I can count on having a vegetable and some good meat or fish, a salad, and a little dessert like a fruit cup or pudding. And Sammy, my rescue dog, gets a little milk bone treat.
I feel like I can see the cooks putting all that care into what’s on the plate and saying, “I’m going to make Patti’s day better for her today.”
The biggest surprise I had was this last birthday. I got a birthday card with my lunch, with a special little cupcake with a candle. It came with Curly-Q ribbon on the special bag. There were cut-out penguins on the card, so somebody had taken lots of time and thought — just for me.
Nourish the Mind
Jill | COMMUNITY PARTNER
FirstBank has been involved with NOURISH Meals on Wheels since 1998. Throughout the years we’ve served on the Board, and have had groups of employees volunteering as drivers and volunteering in the kitchen on Wednesdays.
I became involved when they were looking for somebody with human resources experience to serve on the Board — and that was me.
So I started with a ride-along on a route and couldn’t believe how much of an impact these meals and the personal connection made in the clients’ lives. I was sold from that first route.
There’s just such a wide array of opportunities — it’s the perfect forum for our officers and employees to help people, build relationships, and show how much we care about our community.