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

Meals on Wheels

Joan Almeida
Alexa Armanino
Denise Armanino
Barbara Bramlett
Carl Curtiss
Michael Curtiss
Scott Gravem
Bruce Hoffman
Chuck Joyce
Maggie McDonough
Elizabeth Medwedeff
Dirk Miller
Sandy Narr
Barbara Rhoades
Ted Scheidel
Donna Sears
Devin Williams

C. C. Cafés

David Phillips
Ida Cole
Nancy Bacerra
Friendly Visitors

Christine Rivlin
Habiba Hall-Bey
Joe Sisneros
Jeffrey Verber


"Hi Mary, we spoke a few weeks ago about a referral I made for Regina, a woman in a board and care facility in El Cerrito. You have now connected her with Barbara. I just wanted to call and express my appreciation for that connection for the client. 

I saw her for the last time last week, and she was so happy to have the visit from Barbara. She just kept saying, 'she's wonderful, she's wonderful, she's wonderful!' So I just wanted to pass back that appreciation from a very lonely and very isolated client and thank you so much for making the connection for her. "

Lisa E.,
Social Worker,
 in phone message to Friendly Visitors Program Specialist, Mary Hanenburg


MOWSOS will be closed, and no meals delivered*, on the following upcoming dates in recognition of the holiday season:
*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!


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

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

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

San Francisco Chronicle's

Disaster Guidebook 


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Susannah Meyer

Community Engagement Director

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

925-937-8311 x104

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Issue 5, Volume 12
December 2017

Happy Holidays! 

To everyone who celebrates the season of giving, hope, and renewal, we wish you good tidings and great joy. Struggling to understand the myriad changes in life, politics, and culture can be especially stressful this time of year. This can be particularly true for our older neighbors and friends. 

If you know of an older person needing a bit of "TLC," please contact us. Our Friendly Visitors can reach out. Our Care Management team is ready to assist, and of course our Fall Prevention staff and meal delivery people can bring safety into the home. We are much more than a meal. And together we can deliver!

Volunteer Spotlight - Meet Chuck Joyce
If you have called the agency office on any given Thursday, there's a good chance the phone was answered b y Chuck Joyce, volunteer extraordinaire! Chuck has volunteered for MOWSOS for over 4 years - taking on tasks from administrative work, to handyman duties at the office, to recently signing on to deliver meals. 

Chuck explains his interest in administrative work by claiming that typing saved his life. When asked for details, he describes his experiences in the military... a story worth sharing!

"I was drafted into the Army in 1968, while I was a student at San Francisco State in the Radio-TV-film department and working at KGO-TV as a film editor. I went through Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana.

With 9 ½ months to go in the Army, I received orders for Vietnam as a Motorman! I was to be assigned to an infantry unit in the field with a tape recorder and a loud speaker on my back. I had 3 days of in-processing when I was asked if I could type. They needed help with 200 people out-processing in the next month. Could I help? I reluctantly said yes. As it turned out, typing literally saved my life. I stayed as an Officer Records Clerk in Psychological Operations for 9 ½ months in Saigon!"

Chuck, we thank you for sharing your story... and for your typing and administrative skills!
Subaru Share the Love Event

As part of a national partnership with Meals on Wheels America, Subaru of America will donate $250 to the purchaser's choice of participating charity - one of which is Meals on Wheels America - for every new vehicle sold or leased through January 2, 2018. 

A share of the proceeds from this event will be distributed to MOWSOS.

Since the Share the Love Event began in 2008, Subaru and its participating retailers have donated more than 1.7 million meals, safety checks and friendly visits to seniors being served by local Meals on Wheels programs like MOWSOS across the country. 

For more information, visit
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, please drop off or mail them to our office at  1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 94596.

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
Giving Back: the Gift that Keeps On Giving

Happy Holidays to all of you. Everyone here at Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services wants to thank you for your dedicated Habit of Giving. The holidays are a time to celebrate together with our families, friends and neighbors. It is a time of giving to those in need and a time of thanks.

We want to send all of our volunteers  a big warm virtual hug of thanks. It is you who enable us to bring all kinds of nourishment to seniors. You are delivering a healthy meal and a smile. You are calling or sending in a donation. When a senior or a family member calls the office, you answer the phone with needed information. We could not do this without you.

To all of our donors, we thank you for sharing your hard-earned dollars. They make such a big difference. One of our donors recently called to thank us for the work that we do. She and her family have been making a $10 donation every month for the last ten years and she wanted to increase it to $15 a month. We thanked her profusely but she told us how much she appreciated the opportunity.

"Donating to you every month is like a gift that keeps on giving. It makes me feel good and it enables me to teach my children that taking money out of their piggy banks not only makes them feel good too but also makes a big difference in the community," says donor E.J.

If you would like to learn more about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus, Donor Relations Manager, at (925) 937-8315 or
Fall Prevention 
A Matter of Balance - Rossmoor Community

A Matter of Balance, an 8-week intensive fall prevention program offered by MOWSOS with the help of volunteer coaches, continues to grow in Contra Costa County.

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

Joe Bettencourt with Live2BHealthy and Interim Healthcare, and Allison Larking with Visiting Angels, San Ramon, recently completed a workshop in partnership with the Rossmoor Counseling Center. Twelve Rossmoor residents created new friendships, decreased their risk for falls, and received certificates of completion in this award winning fall prevention program.

More workshops are planned for the new year and are filling up fast. These workshops focus on home safety, practical ways to prevent falls, and exercise. 

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
December Health Observances

In honor of December being ' Pear Month,' the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program of Contra Costa Health Services shares shopping tips, nutritional information, and serving ideas.

Click here for Pear Month tips in English.
Click here for Pear Month tips in Spanish.
 About Town

The staff of MOWSOS would like to wish everyone a happy, peaceful, and wonderful holiday season!

Meals on Wheels client, Nancy, holding a Thanksgiving turkey pinecone, decorated and donated by a local Girls Scouts troupe.

Meals on Wheels client, Richard, holding a Thanksgiving turkey pinecone, decorated and donated by a local Girls Scouts troupe.

Rodeo C.C. Cafe Manager, Steve Longenbohn, enjoys a holiday celebration with cafe guests, left to right, Edna Nido, Norma Ruiz, Josefina Bendana, and Zeneida Espinosa.
Nutrition Services Division Manager, Sharon Fitzgerald, and Walnut Creek C.C. Cafe Manager, Kenny Lin, holding a placemat decorated for Thanksgiving festivities. Placemats were donated by groups including Genius Kids in Walnut Creek, Valhalla Elementary in Pleasant Hill, and Growing Room in Danville.
Health and Wellness Division Program Specialist, Mary Hanenburg, far left, and Division Manager, Cynthia Black, far right, are joined by volunteer Friendly Callers, left to right, Jean Dunning, Lee Fisher, and Emily Hall for a holiday celebration.
Bay Point C.C. Cafe guests enjoying their holiday celebration.
Volunteer Jennifer with son, Drew, enjoying the game with tickets donated to MOWSOS  volunteers by the Oakland A's.
Volunteer Specialist, Tracey Blackmore, at the Wells Fargo Volunteer Fair.