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brought to you by 
Meals on Wheels and
 Senior Outreach

Thank You, Tampico Terrace!
Welcome Dr. Cohen
Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
We're Hiring!
25th Annual Shrimp Dinner
Meals on Wheels
C.C. Cafés
Health and Wellness
Friendly Visitors
About Town
Thank You Sponsors
for making our 25th Annual Shrimp Dinner an overwhelming success!

(925) 933-7970  
Michael M. Cohen, OD, has spent the last 40 years bringing innovative ideas to fruition to benefit eye doctors and patients.
He has worked as educator, clinician, product manager, marketing executive and strategic planner. Michael has visited over 25 countries to learn their methods of eyecare and their delivery systems. Along the way, he helped bring numerous ophthalmic instruments to market; they are used by the vast majority of of both ophthalmologists and optometrists worldwide.
Meals on Wheels

Ben Alesna
Bruce Bauer
Martha Lewis
Charles Linder
Kathleen Loura
Terri Oyarzun
Steve Pickleman
John Sylvia
Vera Villarreal
  Friendly Visitors
Tom Driscoll
Melody Fellows
Ginny Hanusin
Jerome Hauck
Jane Langford
Pam McAllister
Howard McKenzie
Jen Nassar

   Office Volunteers  
Kathy Baruch
Charlie Linder
Lara Vilma
Excerpt from a letter to MOWSOS
"I  appreciate the service you provide to the seniors who need help living on their own.  Your non-profit is made up of angels and I'm just one of the cheerleaders behind them. 
Thank you for your caring
 and giving ways."
The East Bay Conversation Project
Partners in Caring:  A seminar for faith leaders on
 end-of-life care.
Thursday, February 25th
8:30am - 1:00pm
John Muir Medical Center
2450 East Street
Register here or call

Free Workshop for Family Caregivers

Tuesday, March 22nd
1:00pm - 3:00pm

San Pablo Library
 2300 El Portal Dr., Suite# D
 San Pablo

Fall Prevention Coalition Meeting    
 Come learn about diseases of the eye that can develop with age and safety precautions to take to reduce falls.

February 16, 2016
  500 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, first floor
Special Guest: Dr. Jeanette Hochstatter,
Foresight Optometry
Click here for more information.

March for Meals 2016
Show your support for seniors by joining us the week of March 21st on a two-hour ride-along to deliver meals to home bound seniors.
It will change your life.
Contact Leigh Shughrou, Public Affairs Specialist, at, or
925-937-8311 x133.
Ombudsman Services
From Theory to Practice 2016:
Residents First
Thursday, April 21st
8:00am - 4:00pm
Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
Register online here.

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 every purchase to our organization.
Make your purchases count, visit! 

Great press from the Contra Costa Times.


Looking for Friendly Visitors clients -- Lamorinda SOS


Available Resources
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!
  As long as flu viruses are spreading, it's not too late to get a vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Read this brief summary 
on the importance of getting the flu shot from the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP).
Free tax preparation February through April, 2016, for people with limited to moderate income in Contra Costa County.
For a location near you, click here.
Taxes Done Right!
EarnIt, KeepIt, $aveIt!

Free tax service you can trust.

MOWSOS Career Opportunities

Join the MOWSOS team
as our new
H elp us spread the word.
Issue 4, Volume 2
February 2016
More than a meal!  This month we are reminded that homebound seniors need more than a meal to thrive.  The Clayton Valley Garden Club helped bring "loving blooms" to over 700 of our clients.  C.C. Café Managers created Chinese New Year events to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.  And of course, the Shrimp Dinner event was more than a meal - it was fun!
Soon you will hear about our coalition-building efforts bringing together  social service agencies and healthcare institutions to improve health and reduce healthcare costs.
Join us for two hours in March as a "Volunteer for a Day" delivering meals and joy to home bound seniors.  See for yourself what a difference a five-minute visit and a meal can make.  We are "More than a Meal," we are you!

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25th Annual Shrimp Dinner
The 25th Annual Shrimp Dinner and Fundraiser was a HUGE success! 

No One was "Shellfish"
Special thanks to our "King Shrimp"

What a great event we had at the 25th Annual Shrimp Dinner and Fundraiser last Friday, and it was all thanks to you. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the activities, food, and conversation. 

If you attended the event and are inclined, please complete our event surveyWe'd appreciate your feedback!


Enjoy some of our favorite moments!



Meals on Wheels



Blossoms for Barbara  


Linda Karp and her fellow Clayton Valley Garden Club members have worked their magic once again.  MOWSOS volunteer drivers delivered over two-hundred and fifty blooming plants to home bound clients this past week!

Elaine Clark, MOWSOS CEO with Linda Karp.


Started in 2012 as a way to spread joy to hospice patients and home bound seniors, and as a tribute to her beloved mother, Barbara Manss, the organization, spearheaded by Karp, delivers over 1,500 gifts of love during the Valentines-themed "Blossoms for Barbara" event.


"I created this event to honor my mother who passed away in November, 2011," says Karp.  "I wanted to bring a little joy."


The garden club received a First Place Award for Outstanding Community Impact by California Garden Clubs, Inc., and Karp was featured on San Francisco's KPIX Channel 5's Bay Sunday Show.

Doggie Delivery


"It's such an incredible way to put a smile on a senior's face," says Elaine Clark, MOWSOS Chief Executive Officer, "and it truly brightens their day."


For more information on Blossoms for Barbara or the Meals on Wheels Program, please contact Nancy Raniere at or



C.C. Cafés

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The C.C. Cafés celebrated the Chinese New Year with a special meal and activities, including the traditional lion dance and Chinese New Year trivia contests.   
Lion head at the Walnut Creek C.C. Café.
T he Chinese calendar assigns each new year an animal per a rotating zodiac of 12: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 
2016 is the Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterized as intelligent, witty, curious and playful.

"We had a great time planning the event at our cafés," says Sharon Fitzgerald, Division Manager, Nutrition Services, "and we had a terrific turnout."       
Crockett C. C. Café diners enjoy the food and celebration.
Cafés are open to everyone sixty or older. Check out the February menu and make a reservation. Monthly menus can be found on our website under the C.C. Cafés tab.  Contact Michelle Gee at or 925-937-8311 x108. 
 Friendly Visitors

A Walk in the Park
Julia began her friendly visits with Ruth in the Fall of 2015. In between jobs and looking to fulfill a desire to volunteer, Julia called the Friendly Visitors Program.

"I had more flexibility in my schedule and had been thinking about volunteering with Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services," says Julia. "Because I wasn't sure about my future schedule, the Friendly Visitors companion opportunity seemed just the right fit."

86 year young Ruth was in need of some companionship and turned to MOWSOS for help. "I suffer from sciatica and the pain is debilitating on many days" says Ruth. "I used to dance to salsa music every day."
Ruth (left) and Julia. "We often wear the same colors," says Ruth.

Rhonda Dietsch, Friendly Visitors Program Coordinator, immediately matched the two.  "They shared many similar interests," says Dietsch. "I knew they would hit it off."

Now, a cup of coffee from Peet's and a walk in the park with Julia are Ruth's favorite weekly activities.  " I am so grateful for Julia and the Friendly Visitors Program," says Ruth. "Julia and I share a lot of stories and she is such a strong person. She reminds me of myself."  Julia agrees!  
If you know a senior who would like a companion or t o join the Friendly Visitors Program, please contact Cynthia Black at or 925-937-8311. 
 Healthy Bites

Mornin' Sunshine 
Brighten your morning with these tasty and healthy muffins. 
The dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour contribute plenty of fiber to each muffin.
Complete your breakfast with
fat-free yogurt and fruit and enjoy!
 About Town

Photos from the 25th Annual Shrimp Dinner
Zachery Robles (second from right), Lead Chef, Bateman Community Living,  and his incredible kitchen crew donated their time at our 25th Annual Shrimp Dinner Fundraiser.
Elaine Clark with Auctioneer, Damon Casatico.

Morgan plays "heads or tails."

Dessert is served.

The coveted Stephen Curry jersey.

To view our 2016 Shrimp Dinner photo album, click here.
With Special Thanks to our Shrimp Dinner Fundraiser Partners




Dave & Sharon

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The Boomers

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 x133

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 
As a 501(c)3 we are eligible to receive bequests.  Please contact Elaine Clark at or 925-937-8311.

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596