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Meals on Wheels and
Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Tributes and Memorials
Upcoming Events
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Job Openings
Awards and Recognition
Poker Tournament Sponsors
Birthday Donations
A Habit of Giving
C. C. Cafés
Meals on Wheels
Healthy Bites
About Town
Meals on Wheels

Beverly Beckman
Christina Brox
Patricia Dunton
Mabel Green
Sara Hepner
Carol Hollmann
Andrew Jones
Sandra Olah
Becky Scripps
Tammy Velner-Dunstan

  C. C. Cafés
Arcel Cabero
Randy Fage
Konstantin Mikhailov
Scott Nakamura
Dorothy Rubin
Ben Santiago
Friendly Visitors
Margy Brenner
Clay Duncan
Hannan Duncan
Andrea Guillen
Jamie Guillen
Beverly Hunt
Bob Onorato
Carl Sekera
  Office Volunteers
Kory Davidson
Betsy Deniston
Isabel Salcedo
 "I don't know what our residents would do without the invaluable help of Senior Outreach Services and all of our nonprofit partners. You know we are very grateful for all of your services and the wonderful staff and volunteers who deliver them."
"Thank you so much,"
Teri House, CDBG/Housing Consultant
City of Antioch
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations in honor of:

Sannie Edgecomb
Sally E. Diana Lum
Oscar Lottman

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

 Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of: 
 Thelma Cohn
Steven Diamond
Robert Foliart
Shawn Morrissey
Edith Anna Omeg
Robert Slatten
Phil Swartz
Virginia Opena Swezey

A Fond Remembrance

Len Snyder holding a picture of himself and beloved wife, Louella circa 1950.

An Elderly Wish Foundation
presents "Grazie"
15th Annual
Heart to Heart Ball
Saturday, March 18th
5:30pm - 11:00pm
No tickets will be sold at the door. 
 Call 925-978-1883


Show your support for seniors by joining us the week of March 20-24 on a two-hour ride along to deliver meals to home bound seniors.
It will change your life.

Contact Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Officer, at or
Tuesday, March 28th
Brentwood Senior Activity Center
193 Griffith Lane, Brentwood.
Refreshments will be served.
Save the Date
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek.
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! 
"Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services Receives a Generous Grant."
March for Meals
KKDV Public Service Announcement.  Listen in!
March for Meals Campaign
Kick-Off with
  KKDV's Ultimate Coffee Break.  Listen in!

East County Times

"Senior Outreach Busy This Month."

Good Neighbors Column

Faith Barnidge



Sauced BBQ Press Release

MOWSOS Director of Operations and Finance, Tania Pares (left), receives donation from Sauced BBQ & Spirits General Manager, Dave Schaefer.
As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests. 

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


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


Job Openings


Volunteer Specialist

Awards and Recognition

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:
Susannah Meyer
Community Engagement Officer
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 3
March 2017
Spring brings the gift of change.  Rain turns to sunshine, seeds to flowers, and for MOWSOS a change in staff.  It is with a grateful heart mixed with joy and sadness that we say good-bye to Leigh Shughrou, Public Affairs Specialist, and person extraordinaire.  Leigh is leaving for an opportunity to support John Muir Health Foundation.  This is an exciting opportunity and we wish her well.

Fortunately, Susannah Meyer has agreed to step into the role.  Susannah has been working with Leigh as a team for nearly a year.  We will be filling the Volunteer Coordinator position.  So as with the season, if you know of anyone who would be a good fit, please direct them to our website for details.
In the meantime, please join me in wishing Leigh well in her new role.  She will be missed.

  1st Annual Poker Tournament Fundraiser
And, the winner is...
BlueDog Events Owner, Beau Bautista, points to the grand prize $500 winner, Kerry Worden.
It was "all in" at the 1st Annual Poker Tournament Fundraiser on February 25th.  And, it was a huge success.  Ninety seats were filled, a tasty BBQ dinner was served (devoured), and the $10,000 fundraising goal was surpassed -- an "ace in the hole!"
We couldn't have done it without the wonderful support of our sponsors.  HUGE shout out to our Title Sponsor, Tampico Terrace.  Tom Herman, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Tampico Terrace, took a stellar 5th Place!

Tampico Terrace, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Tom Herman; Tampico Terrace Post Care Transitions Coordinator, Camalin Jones; Tampico Terrace Pharmacy Consultant, Jim Calonge.


Click here for the Poker Photo Album.

Birthday Bag Donations Needed
Imagine being alone on your birthday. Thinking that no one remembers, that no one will recognize your special day. It might seem like a small thing, but beyond critical basic needs, knowing someone cares - anyone - can have a powerful and positive effect.
Once a month, a group of dedicated volunteers, called The Birthday Ladies, gather at the MOWSOS office to put together goodie bags for Meals on Wheels clients in honor of their birthdays. These bags are festively decorated and filled with small items guaranteed to bring a smile. Volunteer drivers deliver the bags along with the meal for the day, and without fail the bags are welcomed and the items appreciated.
You may have heard of the MOWSOS Birthday Ladies, but did you know that they are for the most part self-funded? Members of this wonderful group not only donate their time and efforts, they purchase the items for the birthday bags. If you are interested in supporting these wonderful ladies and their heartfelt deliveries, please consider making a small, designated donation to The Birthday Ladies. Checks can be made out to MOWSOS indicating Birthday Ladies in the memo, and sent to our office at 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
The Birthday Ladies thank you, MOWSOS thanks you, and our grateful clients thank you!
For more information about donations to the Birthday Ladies, please contact Susannah Meyer at  or 925-954-8736.
A Habit of Giving
In January, we received a call from Edie Omeg's family. Edie had participated in our Friendly Visitors program and her family called to tell us that Edie had passed on January 7. They wanted us to know how much her Friendly Visitors volunteer had made a difference in her life and they asked about how family and friends could donate to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services' Friendly Visitors program in lieu of flowers.
Edie in Mexico in 1998.
"Mom was always active," says Pam Shore, Edie's daughter. She loved music, singing, studying the bible, gardening and connecting with people. So when she became ill, the Friendly Visitors Program was a real godsend. She became particularly close to Susan Robins. After Mom died, calling Susan was one of the hardest calls I made."
Susan has vivid memories of their first meeting in February of 2011. "I was looking forward to meeting Edie but I received some devastating news that morning. One of my best friends had just passed. I was tempted to crawl back into bed and cancel my meeting with Edie. Instead I made a decision that meeting Edie was a way to move forward. It was one of the best decisions I ever made."
Edie (left) and Susan, December 2016.
"On my last visit with Edie a few months ago, she was really there for me. My mother died early in 2016 and my father was very close to his death and Edie just listened. I brought Edie a white orchid. Usually I brought cut flowers but I wanted Edie's orchid to have roots that would continue to grow. Now I have that orchid. Edie's daughter, Pam drove up to Truckee where I live now and brought it to me. But my memories of Edie are rich and I am so thankful to the Friendly Visitors program for introducing the two of us."
For the rest of this touching story, click here.
You can send donations in memory of Edie to the Friendly Visitors program at Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA. 94596 or online at
For more information about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus at   or 925-937-8315.
C. C. Café
Brunch with Bob
Bob Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) recently visited the Concord C. C. Café .  MOWSOS was honored to host a discussion on Tuesday, February 7th. 
NANASP is a national membership organization for persons across the country working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through community-based services, and whose mission is to strengthen through advocacy and education those who help older Americans.
Bob Blancato at the Concord C. C. Café.

Blancato was collecting valuable information about why seniors make the decision to dine at local café programs and to hear for himself about the important
aspects of socialization at the café.  
"The New York Times recently published a story titled 'How Social Isolation is Killing Us,' says Sharon Fitzgerald, MOWSOS Division Manager, Nutrition Services, "and it's a growing epidemic."  "Our congregate lunch programs help to combat many of the ill effects of loneliness and isolation that many older adults face. 
Blancato's  story in The Hill about the "looming new threats to the funding for key nutrition programs," is a must read.
For more information about the C. C. Cafés Program, please contact Bonnie Paulson, C. C. Café Program Specialist, at  or 925-357-9706.
Meals on Wheels
Blossoms for Barbara
When Barbara Manss passed away in November 2011, her daughter, Linda Manss Karp, wanted to do something special in her memory.  Linda, a member of the Clayton Valley Garden Club, created "Blossoms for Barbara" -- spreading a little joy with flowering tokens of love and support."
For the sixth year, the festively decorated plants were delivered to shut-in recipients of the Meals on Wheels  Program throughout Contra Costa County.
Nancy Raniere, Meals on Wheels Program Specialist, says "It's such a wonderful offering to our clients and adds a bit of sunshine and happiness."
According to Linda, "It's unimaginable how much joy receiving these little plants brings.  I know my mother is looking down so happy and proud.  If she were here, she would be helping me.  I miss her dearly."
For more information about the Meals on Wheels Program, contact Nancy Raniere at  or 925-937-8607.
 Healthy Bites


Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto and Shrimp 
From EatingWell, a healthy twist to a traditional pasta dish.

Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner. 
Try it and let us know how you liked it!
 About Town


Members from the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department (left back) and Walnut Creek Councilmember, Cindy Silva (front left in red blazer), helped the MOWSOS staff kick-off March for Meals with a KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break on

Wednesday, March 1st.

Iris Jones (left) and Barbara Robertson enjoy a Valentine's Day meal at the Pittsburg C. C. Café.

Calling all cupids....  Walnut Creek enjoyed live entertainment on Valentine's Day.

Walnut Creek C. C. Café diner, Carmen Barrett, had a great time at the party.

San Ramon Valley High School students, Nicole (left) and
Elyse, deliver Valentines to Walnut Creek C. C. Café diners.
Alison Parr enjoys the music at the Pittsburg C. C. Café during the Be Our Guest Valentine's Celebration.

Concord C. C. Café diner, Fred Christy, designs beautiful bulletins for MOWSOS.  Thanks, Fred!

MOWSOS Meals on Wheels Program Specialist, Nancy Raniere (left) with 4th place poker winner, Cal Krome.

3rd place poker winner, Jim Davidson, shields his cards during one of the last few rounds of play.

MOWSOS Public Affairs Specialist, Leigh Shughrou (left) with 2nd place poker winner, Loya Adler. 

MOWSOS Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Clark (left), with fellow members of Meals on Wheels California at the State Capitol on March 7th.