brought to you by
Meals on Wheels and
Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
We Need You!
We Need You!
We Need You!
Tributes and Memorials
Leave A Legacy
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
MOWSOS Anniversary Gala
Healthy Bites
About Town

Meals on Wheels

Denise Campbell
Penny Dougherty
Donna Killion
Gustavo Lopez
Michael Merchant
Charlotte Pederson
Debera Robles
Michael Samuel
Jennifer Schock

C. C. Cafés

Rosa Icaza
Maring Cabading
Phorn Rujiramahakul
Thedra McMillian
Friendly Visitors

Tamala Finden
Jennifer Giaramita

"I wanted you to know how very welcome our volunteer is that comes to play cribbage with my husband. He is very disabled and we can't get out much. Volunteer Tom has even brought his wife and the four of us have played cards, which is really nice and we've become friends. I can't say enough about Tom as a generous, giving person. He is absolutely wholeheartedly a true, good person.

We thank you so much for setting up this program. My husband was a physician at John Muir. Since he has been disabled he is unable to even stand on his own now. Transportation and getting out to do things is difficult for us. So, somebody coming to our home and lightening our day once a week is really a pleasure.

Thank you again for all the good work you people do at (MOWSOS)."

wife of Edward,
Friendly Visitors client

MOWSOS will be closed, and no meals delivered*, on the following upcoming dates in recognition of the holiday season:
11/23 and 11/24
*Holiday meals will be delivered in advance.

East County cities of Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg are in dire need of regular and substitute Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery drivers!

If you have two hours, one day per week, you can make a difference in the life of an East County senior. 

Meals are picked up in Antioch weekdays around 10:00am, and routes typically take about 2 hours to complete. You can pick the day that works best for you! 

To learn more about volunteering for MOWSOS, please contact Volunteer Specialist Tracey Blackmore at (925) 954-8736 or at
Click here  to go to the MOWSOS website.

Click here to complete an online volunteer application.
 Thank you so much for your support!

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) recently received donations in honor of:

Concord CC Café
Claudia Dimimitt and other senior friends
Paul Gee
Marion Mascone's Birthday
Leah McIntosh

MOWSOS recently received donations in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:

Richard Arnold, MOWSOS Volunteer
Rudolph Cisar
Sarah Dunlop
John D. Jones, MOWSOS Volunteer
Ada Levin
Shawn Morrissey
Jean O'Neill
Gopal and Suman Ranade
Denise D. Spyrow
Val's Mother
Virginia Opena Swezey

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!

Somersville Towne Center Senior Walk Educates Community 

ViewPoints by Michael Harris: A Month In Life of Mayor

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are eligible to receive bequests.

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

Home Maintenance
for the elderly,
locations throughout county
Saturday, November 18
To schedule an appointment, call
(888) 204-5573

Friday, December 1
Lesher Center for the Arts,
Walnut Creek
*Tickets on sale now!

Saturday, February 24
Shell Clubhouse, 
*Tickets on sale now!

50th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, May 12
Blackhawk Auto Museum,
*Tickets on sale starting January, 2018!

Contra Costa County Information & Assistance

Contra Costa Crisis Center
Advisory Council on Aging
 Get Your Vaccinations

 Contra Costa Health Services Department
Contra Costa Crisis Center


If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:

Susannah Meyer

Community Engagement Director

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

925-937-8311 x104

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Issue 5, Volume 11
November 2017

Thank you! We cannot say it enough. Thank you to everyone who donates time, talent, or treasure to our efforts. Your gifts allow us to touch the lives of over 10,000 individuals each year.

Because of your donations last year we are able to update 85 more homes with grab bars and fall safety equipment. Donations allowed us to expand exercise programs, provide emergency food, housing, and transportation services to seniors in need. And, we supported disaster relief efforts for seniors in affected areas.

As you enjoy the holidays and begin the season of "thanks," remember to thank yourself for the lives you have touched.


Benefit Performance for MOWSOS
ACT II improv Show to Benefit MOWSOS

MOWSOS is thrilled to announce that Act II improv, a local theatrical improv troupe, is giving a benefit performance for MOWSOS on December 1st at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Please come out to support this wonderful group of talented performers as they support us with their generous donation of net proceeds from their show!

Friday, December 1, 7:45 pm 
George and Sonja Vukasin Theatre
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek

Act II i mpr ov Performance Description - Act II improv is a Long Form scene based improv troupe. They create dramatic and come dic scenes that al low au dienc es to find an escape from the daily grind of real life. You may laugh, cry, smile and fall in love with their unique way of engaging the audience. ACT II improv blends the art of scene based Long Form of improvisation with their unique brand of comedy and drama for Bay Area audiences.

Ticket Prices:
* Reserved seating - $15.00
* Seniors (62 or older) - $10.00
* Youth (17 or under) - $10.00

More information and a link to ticket sales can be found here.

Meals on Wheels - Calendar Collection
Donate Your Extra 2018 Calendars to Meals on Wheels Clients

Every year around this time, our Meals on Wheels program delivers calendars to our hundreds of home-bound clients. Community members around the county have been consistently generous, donating calendars for this purpose, and we are asking for your support again!

If you receive calendars you don't need and would like to donate them, please mail or drop them off to our office,  1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 94596, by December 18th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you have any questions about our annual calendar campaign, contact Nancy Raniere, Meals on Wheels Program Manager, at (925) 937-8607 or
A Habit of Giving
The Excelsior German Center - Honoring a Mission

The Excelsior German Center provides opportunities to learn about German culture. It offers language classes, shows films, and has a library and a weekly radio program. It serves the community in a variety of ways. 

The Excelsior German Center, 
founded in 1890. 
Every year, members of this nonprofit donate funds to MOWSOS. President Marie Hoffman explains why. "Seniors are too often marginalized and made invisible. Our club's original mission was to ensure that low-income seniors would be respected. By supporting MOWSOS, the Excelsior German Center is honoring the club's legacy." 

The founders were keenly aware of the potential challenges facing seniors entering "the autumn of their lives" or their "Lebensabend." Germans throughout the Bay Area, including influential German Jewish philanthropists, came together to build a senior home. They raised $6,000 and bought a beautiful plot of land in Oakland overlooking a cherry orchard. Horse-drawn trolleys connected with the ferry to San Francisco. The group then raised funds to build, and in 1894, seventy seniors moved in to the "Altenheim."

Today, the Altenheim still exists. The Excelsior German Center operated the Altenheim until 2002 when it was closed. They could no longer compete with less expensive senior homes nearby. Instead of selling the historic building and exquisite grounds, the group committed to honoring the founder's original mission to promote German culture and to provide a haven for seniors.

With the assistance of the city, an affordable housing developer, and Eden Housing, the Altenheim underwent a $53 million renovation, and now the stately senior home provides 174 apartments for seniors who earn 20 to 55 percent of the Bay Area median income. For more information about the Excelsior German Center and its amazing history, click here.

If you would like to learn more about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus, Donor Relations Manager, at (925) 937-8315 or

MOWSOS 2nd Annual Poker Tournament

Fall Prevention - A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance - Pleasant Hill Senior Center

A Matter of Balance (MOB) coaches Sharon Maxwell and Laura Huddlestone, both with BrightStar Home Care, recently completed an eight-week workshop at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center. Sharon and Laura coached a group of 11 older adults through many lively discussions and exercises that helped them to develop ways to protect themselves from falls. Participants re ceived their certificates of completion at a celebration held the last day of class. 

Fall Prevention Program Manager Alayne Balke, who is a Master Tr ainer f or the program, provided support to the volunteer coaches.  

MOWSOS would like to thank Sharon, Laura, and BrightStar Home Care for their hard work, and the Pleasant Hill Senior Center for hosting the workshop.

To find a workshop location or learn more about becoming an MOB coach, please contact Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager and Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance, at (925) 891-4761 or

MOWSOS 50th Anniversary Gala

Healthy Bites
Safety Tips for Senior Pedestrians

The California Office of Traffic Safety is seeking to reduce injuries and fatalities among actively walking seniors. The Pedestrian Safety Campaign is called, 'Be Alert. Be Aware. Pedestrians Don't Have Armor.'

Walking is promoted as a healthy exercise and an alternative to driving for seniors. Click here for a crossword puzzle with tips for staying safe while you stay active in your community!

 About Town

We are proud to announce that the donation of a 2018 Subaru Outback as part of a partnership between Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America in celebration of the '50 CARS FOR 50 YEARS' campaign is almost ready to arrive! MOWSOS CEO Elaine Clark previewed our new Outback with Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek GM Tom Baxley. We can't wait to put these wheels in motion!

Somersville Towne Center in Antioch held the first annual Senior Walk to launch Alzheimer's Awareness Month, hosted by Antioch Councilmember, Lori Ogorchock, center. Left to right are event planners and sponsors, Somersville Towne Center Marketing Manager, Shannon Skinner; An Elderly Wish Foundation Executive Director, Mary Chapman; Lori Ogorchock; MOWSOS Volunteer Specialist, Tracey Blackmore; and Community Engagement Director, Susannah Meyer. Photo courtesy of Michael Pohl Photography.
"For this week's #TinaTuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting and doing a ride along with (MOWSOS), and all I can say is 'WOW!' I had no idea just how many seniors in Contra Costa are isolated and living alone. This is where MOWSOS comes in and makes a difference." From Pleasant Hill Chamber newsletter columnist, Membership and Events Manager, Tina Traum, center, with Elaine Clark and Susannah Meyer.

"Falling Into Food" presentation at the Bay Point C.C. Cafe by Gwenn White, MA, with Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion, Contra Costa Health Services.
Liz, left, and Bill, also known as Burger and Fries, at the Bay Point C.C. Cafe Halloween celebration.
"Let's Sing" group performing at the Walnut Creek C.C. Cafe Halloween celebration.
Pittsburg C.C. Cafe guests enjoying their Halloween celebration.
MOWSOS staff dressed as emojis for office Halloween celebration.
MOWSOS staff in costume enjoying office Halloween celebration.