brought to you by 
Meals on Wheels and
 Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Tributes and Memorials
Welcome Board Members
Upcoming Events
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Making A Difference
Meals on Wheels
C. C. Cafés
Fall Prevention
Healthy Bites
About Town
Awards and Recognition
Meals on Wheels

Victoria Alahuzos
Richard Bobet
Susan Ellison
Eva Guevara
Rosemary Harwood
Kathi Jozaitis
Alexis Kalafatis
Paula Keeler
Mina Kim
Sabastian Love
Martha Martinez
Brett Meredith
Mary Jo Meredith
Mary Jo Murphy
Rita McDonald
Steve McNabb
Carey Neely
Kathryn Olson
Randy Ortiz
Mike Pauline
Charles Ryan
Kathy Salisbury
Friendly Visitors

Heidi Brockman   
Soongi Hwang   
TuAnh Nguyen
Morgan Scanlon   

C. C. Cafés

Mattie Peterson
Soongi Hwang
 Mona Atashigolestan
Hilary Holden
Bill Magdoff


Excerpt from a letter to Nancy Raniere, MOW Program Manager


"Hi, Nancy,


What a lovely surprise I had yesterday which was my 90th birthday.  The nice lady who dropped off my meal presented me with a pretty birthday bag with all sorts of goodies in it including a blue washcloth (one of the things I really needed).   It was something totally unexpected which made it so much fun."


Margaret Roth


We are currently in need of 200 unused

travel-sized shampoos, 

lotions and soaps.  If you are able to donate, please

 drop-off at our office.  1300 Civic Drive,

Walnut Creek.

Thank you!

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

Ginny Barrett
 Nancy Raniere

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:
 La Vera L. Brown
Marion Johnstone
Oscar Lottman
Shawn Morrissey
Ganeshchandra Sharma
Noboru Yoshimura
Tamiko Yoshimura
Scott Rafferty
Scott J. Rafferty is an attorney specializing in administrative law with extensive experience dealing with government agencies, particularly at the state and local level.
Mr. Rafferty served as president of the Princeton Club of Northern California and was the Co-Chair of the Bay Area Rhodes Scholars.


Craig Cheslog

Craig Cheslog joined Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy platform of Common Sense Media, in January of 2015 as its Co-Director
and Vice President for California Policy and Advocacy. 
Craig previously served s the Principal Advisor to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and also served as Torlakson's District Director for his Assembly and State Senate offices.   

Life is Grand:  A Photo Contest Celebrating the Face of Aging
August 15th-October 3rd
  Join the fun and submit a photo of your "Grand Friend" for Grandparents Day this year. 
Lots of great prizes including annual subscriptions to SmugMug and prizes from
Winning photos will be featured in 
  Submit your
photo(s) through our website.
All photos must be received by October 3rd. 

Saturday, September 24th

To schedule an appointment,
call (888) 204-5573 by September 16, 2016


African American Health Empowerment Expo

Saturday, September 24th
8:00am - 2:30pm
Pittsburg High School
1750 Harbor Street,

Sunday, October 2nd
8:30am - 11:00am
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane,
Pleasant Hill

Carlton Senior Living at Poet's Corner

"The Dementia Dilemma"

Presented by

Dr. Eric Freitag, Neurophysiologist and Executive Director of the Mt. Diablo Memory Center
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Carlton Senior Living
540 Patterson Blvd., Pleasant Hill

NBC Bay Area News reruns the March for Meals Broadcast to Highlight Current Need for Volunteers.


Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager, and IndeeLift CEO, Steve Powell, are interviewed about the IndeeLift Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Inside Pleasant Hill


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! 
As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests. 

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


Cancer Support Community


3276 McNutt Avenue

Walnut Creek





Contra Costa County Information & Assistance


Contra Costa Crisis Center



Advisory Council on Aging


 Get Your Vaccinations


Issue 4, Volume 9
September 2016
Health happens at home.  According to a recent study, 60% of health issues can be prevented by social interventions, including proper nutrition.  Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is working with healthcare entities including Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health, IndeeLift, and many community based partners to address the social determinants of health.  Our services and volunteers play a major role in the healthcare continuum.  
Our evidence-based services are making a difference. Clients report feeling less isolated, have improved health, and fall less -- 52% less!  The meal is the entrée into the home, not the end of the intervention.  Person centered care happens when conversations occur and time is spent together.  We are uniquely positioned to take on this task, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and donors we engage every day.  
A recent report from The California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts a 160% increase in seniors living with disabilities through 2030.  This growth is 25% higher than the growth rate for the overall senior population in California. If seniors, healthcare, and long term services and supports are important considerations for you, please take action.  It is as simple as educating yourself about the candidates and issues on the ballot.  Make a difference -- vote
Making A Difference
"Teddy" Imprints an Indelible Memory and the Spirit of Giving for the McLaughlin's
In 1989, as a full-time working mother to five children, Barbara McLaughlin received her Executive MBA from the University of Southern California.  And if that wasn't enough, twenty years later at sixty-eight years young, while teaching at St. Mary' College, she added a Doctorate in Educational Leadership to her list of accomplishments.  "I'm 'Dr. Grandma' to the kids." says Barbara. 
Charles and Barbara McLaughlin have been long term monthly supporters of MOWSOS and were inspired by what we so often hear -- Barbara's mother received meals through a Meals on Wheels program in Southern California. "Years ago, my mom had cancer and I was 400 miles away, working full-time and caring for five children," says Barbara."  "Giving monthly to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is a way I can honor her and give back to the community."
Barbara and Charles McLaughlin with "Teddy."
The McLaughlins were introduced to each other through their children.  Both divorced and living in the same apartment complex, their children often played in the community pool with one another.
"At the time, the oldest child was fourteen, the youngest, four," says Charles in his charming Scottish brogue.  "On our first date, I did not give Barbara flowers.  Instead, I decided upon a teddy bear.  It worked," laughs Charles."

Though "Teddy" is a bit worn and has lost his stuffing, the couple have never lost sight of their love for one another or their dedication to supporting MOWSOS through monthly giving.
"We hope to inspire others to give their time, talents and treasures," says Barbara.  "Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services provides critical services to seniors in our community and we are very grateful."

For more information on becoming a monthly donor, contact Erica Marcus at or
Meals on Wheels
A WWII Veteran Turns 96 in Style 

Leonard Snyder (Len) is a WWII Veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient. And according to Kelly Trujillo, Meals on Wheels Outreach Worker, "he's an all-around great guy."  
Len with good pal, Savario DeLuca.

Len has been receiving meal deliveries since 2010. Sadly, his wife, Louella, who was also on the MOW program for many years, passed away in 2012.  "I miss her horribly," says Len.
Len and Louella's story would make a best selling novel!  An Air Force Pilot in WWII, Len's Horsa Glider was shot down with twenty-three crew members onboard.  Len successfully landed the plane in a tree to avoid as many fatalities as possible.  He and the survivors were rescued by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Badly injured, Len was flown back to a hospital for recovery in Springfield, Ohio.  The Chief Surgical Nurse in charge of his ward declared "I'll be running the show here, and my name is Louella." "I had to compete with Colonels, Majors and five other Captains for Louella's attention in the ward," says Len proudly.  The two were happily and deeply in love for over sixty-five years.
Last Saturday Leonard celebrated his 96th birthday at a local restaurant along with many of his friends including MOW volunteer drivers and staff.  "There were well over 50 people who responded to his invitation and those who could not come were there in spirit," says good friend Yvonne Backman.
"It was a wonderful celebration, says Backman!"
Len was interviewed by Leslie Brinkley of KGO Radio on his 95th birthday   Listen here.
For more information contact Nancy Raniere at  or 925-9378607.
C. C. Cafés
A Blissful 53 Years 
 It was love at first sight for Enrique and Teresa Sosa, who have  been attending the Bay Point C.C. Café for the past three years.  And Enrique admits, "some of our best friends are fellow C.C. Café diners." 
The Sosa's were married in Guadalajara in 1963 and moved to Bay Point in 1973.  They began attending the C.C. Café when a fellow parishioner invited them to join her. 
On the weekends, Teresa and Enrique spend time with their three daughters, four grandsons, four granddaughters and three great grandchildren!  "We are a very close family," says Teresa.  "In my spare time, I love to work with wood," adds Enrique, who was a carpenter before retirement.
Teresa and Enrique enjoy daily lunches at the Bay Point C. C. Café.
Enrique and Teresa enjoy the ambiance of the Bay Point C.C. Café and are big fans of Café Manager, Evelyn Baclig.
"I look forward to seeing them each day," says Baclig.  "Enrique shares his beautiful poetry with us and Teresa is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet."
For more information contact Sharon Fitzgerald at  or 925-891-4872.
 Fall Prevention

Buy Your Tickets TODAY!

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month.  MOWSOS and Fall Prevention organizations across the country will ask cities to declare September 22-28 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

MOWSOS honors the month every year with the
IndeeLift Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser and Senior Resource Fair to benefit the Fall Prevention Program.  

Join us on Sunday, October 2nd at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center from 8:30am to 10:30am.

It's a fanastic event that celebrates the entire family -- invite your children, parents, grandparents, grandfriends, grandchildren or anyone who loves pancakes.   
The Pancake flipping contest is always a big hit (and sometimes a flop)!  Click here to view a short clip of last year's event.

Breakfast and raffle tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

For more information contact Alayne Balke at  or 925-891-4761.
   Thank You to our 
Pancake Breakfast Sponsors!

Title Sponsor: 
  Platinum Pancake Presenting Sponsors:

Pleasant Hill Post Acute
Moraga Post Acute

Golden Griddle Sponsors:

Actikare Home Care
Addus Home Care
Carlton Senior Living
Clear Captions
Eldercare Services
Episcopal Senior Communities
Oakmont of Concord
Tender Heart Home Care
 24Hr Homecare
 Healthy Bites


A Hearty Fall Soup

With chillier weather on the way, it's soon to be soup season.  Here's one to kick-off the season. 

Ravioli & Vegetable Soup

 About Town

Lafayette Girl Scout Troop 33077 raises money for a new coffee machine at the Walnut Creek

C. C. Café.

New garden patio for MOWSOS.

New garden patio for MOWSOS.

Elaine Clark and Sharon Fitzgerald attended the MOWA Conference in Nashville, TN at the 

Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Elaine Clark and Sharon Fitzgerald attended the MOWA Conference in Nashville, TX at the

Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Elaine Clark and her team.  Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

Elaine is featured in a Konica Minolta video production.

Awards and Recognition

 Clayton Valley Women's Club

Celebration of Living Award 2016

  The Rotary Club of the Delta, Antioch

Certification of Appreciation

awarded to Elaine Clark

"In honor of Your Contributions and Presentation." 

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 x104

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  

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