brought to you by
Meals on Wheels and
Senior Outreach

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

Meals on Wheels

Karen Andresen
Liz Baker
Edward Brady
Fred Brasch
Thalia Chan
Pat Clark
Fran Doggett
Mike Farmham
David Gilbert
Judith Hoofstetter
Michael Loper
Gia Meadows
Pat O'Rourke
Will Pringle
Virginia Raney
Carolyn Smith
Milton Smith
Leslie Sprinkle
Shawn Tan

C. C. Caf├ęs

Dana Jividen
Ethel Johnson
Karen Ward
Lela Harvey
Friendly Visitors

Susan Cogdeglia
Chand Leger
Elaine Buckingham
Lisa Tarman
Diane Mitchell
Sandi Juarez
Shalini Gupta

"Meals on Wheels saved my life. I'm a senior who weighed 90 lbs. I can't cook for myself. I have a limited income. Thanks to Meals on Wheels I now weigh 120 lbs. I've made friends with the driver volunteers. Please do not take away my lifeline!"

Mary Jo E.
MOWSOS client
Pleasant Hill

East County -
We Need You!

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 10am, 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.
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Eat Ice Cream, Learn about 'Dire Need' for Meals on Wheels Drivers in East County 

Leadership Council Recognizes Those Giving Back
Good Neighbors Column

C.C. Cafe -  A Welcoming, Friendly Place

  The Press  
Senior Citizens Raise Advocate for Meals on Wheels with Paper Plate Messages 

Talk About Town
Leave a Legacy

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

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

Awareness Week

September 18-22
Join National Council on Aging (@NCOAging) and National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (@nourishseniors) for a Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 19, 11:00am

Thursday, September 21
Umpqua Bank
3700 Lone Tree Way,

Tuesday, September 26
Brentwood Senior Center
193 Griffith Lane,

Friday, September 29
John Muir Medical Center
Walnut Creek

Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane,
Pleasant Hill

Walnut Creek Community Service Day
(MOWSOS project)

Saturday, October 14
Civic Park Community Center
1375 Civic Drive,
Walnut Creek

Saturday, October 14
Antioch Senior Center
415 W. 2nd Street,

Senior Walk to kick off Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Friday, November 3
Somersville Towne Center
2550 Somersville Road,
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

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 9
September 2017

One in six Contra Costa seniors faces hunger every day - nearly 35,000 people. $100 million is the cost of senior falls in Contra Costa County annually. Falls and hunger are preventable. Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services nourishes people and reduces falls one person at a time.

With your help we will continue saving lives. September is National Fall Prevention Month and next week is Malnutrition Awareness Week. As you take a moment to consider your good fortune, remember your neighbors in need. Join us at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center on October 1 for a Pancake Breakfast to learn about Fall prevention, enjoy a nourishing meal, support MOWSOS, and have fun!

See you there!


Fall Prevention - A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance comes to Contra Costa County

A Matter of Balance (MOB) is an evidence-based fall prevention program that focuses on overcoming the fear of falling and increasing physical activity through learning assertive behaviors, making the home safer, and following an exercise program designed to improve balance.
A Matter of Balance coaches in training. Photo taken at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

Eleven volunteers, including MOWSOS staff members Cynthia Black and Janett Tong, recently completed a two-day training to become A Matter of Balance Coaches. coaches will work in pairs to conduct 8-week fall prevention workshops throughout the county.

"I am very excited to have become the first Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance in Contra Costa County," says Fall Prevention Program Manager, Alayne Balke. "This award-winning program is nationally recognized for its effectiveness. This is a great opportunity for MOWSOS to build stronger relationships with our community partners and volunteers and to disseminate a fun, interactive fall prevention training to many more seniors."

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month, more information and a list of activities can be found here.

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

Meals on Wheels
Mother and Daughter Roomies 

This is the story of two lovely ladies, Virginia and Ginny. They are 106 (almost 107!) and 85 yrs old and are mother and daughter.
Virginia (left), and Ginny relaxing in their home.

After Ginny grew up and moved away, the two remained close. Virginia loved sewing and volunteered for her local hospital and church group. Ginny studied art and art history and enjoyed painting with watercolors and acrylics.

While the ladies settled in different Contra Costa County cities, ten years ago they decided that Ginny would move into Virginia's San Ramon home. Virginia's hearing and eyesight had diminished to the point where she didn't feel safe living alone anymore, so both felt relieved that Ginny could offer her support.

Virginia and Ginny met Program Manager Alayne Balke at a senior center Fall Prevention presentation and requested an in-home assessment. Virginia had fallen on the stairs leading into their garage and had broken a bone in her wrist. Ginny uses a walker to maintain her balance and mobility. Both felt the stairs were unsafe and were hoping our Fall Prevention program could help. 

The "illegal" stairs have now been replaced by a Fall Prevention program contractor, and the ladies couldn't be more thrilled. "Glorious, glorious stairs!" Ginny exclaims when talking about the reconstruction project.

In addition, the ladies signed up Virginia for Meals on Wheels. Weekday meal delivery offers respite to Ginny and means she can stand for a shorter period of time while preparing only her own meal. Virginia says, "I enjoy waiting for the meals and seeing what's there... and the occasional dessert!" Adds Ginny, "Mother especially enjoys engaging the volunteers in a little conversation. They are always very friendly."

'More Than a Meal' is more than just our slogan. It's why seniors like Virginia and Ginny can live safely and independently in their homes for longer, and it's why the support we offer is critical to seniors throughout Contra Costa County.

For information about the Meals on Wheels program, contact Meals on Wheels Program Manager, Nancy Raniere at (925) 937-8606 or

For more information about the Fall Prevention Program, please contact Alayne Balke at 925-891-4761 or

MOWSOS 50th Anniversary Gala

Fall Prevention

For more information about sponsorships or to purchase raffle or event tickets, please visit the MOWSOS website, .

For more information about the Fall Prevention Program, please contact Alayne Balke at 925-891-4761 or

Healthy Bites
September Health Observances

In honor of September being 'Fruits and Veggies--More Matters Month' and 'Healthy Aging Month,' the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program of Contra Costa Health Services shares 10 tips to liven up your meals from the USDA Nutrition Education Series.

To give you a taste:

1. Fire up the grill.
2. Take your casserole to the next level

 About Town

A Matter of Balance training class, hosted by Lisa Spivey, Carlton Senior Living (front right). Also pictured, Allison Larking, Visiting Angels (front left), Anne Lagache, Robert Taylor, Cynthia Robey, and Juliana Boyle (back row).

Elaine Clark, CEO (left) and Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Officer (right), host a booth at the Kaiser Permanente Martinez Care Carnival.
Melissa Hilal, Meals on Wheels volunteer driver (right), brings her kids Holden, 15 (left) and Arden, 13 (middle) to deliver meals during a school break.

Kenny Lin, C.C. Cafe Manager (far left) and guests of the Walnut Creek Cafe enjoy a musical performance by the group, "Let's Sing" at the Cafe's End of Summer Party. 

While the world flocked to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Barry Delavan, captured a lucky photo of an eclipse reflection on a MOW cooler through a screw hole in a roof vent.

Connie Book, NCL Rolling Hills liaison, delivers scarves and caps made by her chapter's mother-and-daughter teams. The MOWSOS Birthday Ladies will include these items in the birthday bags they create for MOW  clients in celebration of their birthdays.

Tracey Blackmore, Volunteer Specialist, hosts a volunteer recruitment booth at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Photo submitted by Lillian Roselin, John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund.

Alayne Balke (left), and Susannah Meyer receive a new member certificate of membership from a representative of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Ken (left) and Ernestine McColm, Rodeo C.C. Cafe volunteers, enjoying bingo at a recent Cafe celebration.