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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
Awards and Recognition
Making A Difference
Meals on Wheels
C. C. Cafés
Fall Prevention
Friendly Visitors
Fall Prevention
Healthy Bites
About Town
Meals on Wheels

Ron Bovert
Ornella Gallagher
Ralph Garrow
Laura Garrow
Martha Goralka
Janet Kennedy
Virginia Last
Kari Mamizuka
Paul Mills
Harvey Schnell
Denice Watkins
Friendly Visitors

Andrea Cheeseman
Joan Liston
Samantha Lopez
Doris Morones
Sheila Peterson
Michelle Poole
Marilyn Trabert
Kim Wiseman
Kruti Amin
Enid Zimmerman

Dear Elaine,
On behalf of the Aging and Older Adult Committee, thank you very much for your Meals on Wheels and Fall Prevention program presentation. Your comprehensive description of MOWSOS services, including details of the Fall Prevention program, well-illustrated the countless ways that change can happen to improve the lives of our older adult population. As Chief Executive Officer, your message of outreach and compassionate connection with those who need these services, greatly builds on the vision of the Aging and Older Adult Committee.

Sheri Richards, MFT
Chair/Facilitator AOA Committee

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

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:
 Naomi Aguilera
James P. Butler, Jr.
 Ruth Freeman
John Henderson
Marion Johnstone
Shawn Morrissey
Stephen Joseph Navarra

Tuesday, November 15th
1943 Church Lane,
San Pablo
Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, November 19th


To schedule an appointment, Call


John Muir Health
"How Dementia May Effect You and Your Family"
Friday, December 16th

Diablo Magazine 

Check out our feature on page 24.


Good Neighbors by Faith Barnidge

MOWSOS participates in Interpersonal Violence Conference.


Warm Outerwear Drive  

MOW volunteer driver, Dean Langston, is collecting warm outerwear items on behalf of One Warm Coat and the Contra Costa Food Bank. 


You may drop off any new or gently used items at our office at

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, between the hours of 9am and 3pm through December 8th.  


For more information, call Dean at 510-409-0449. 

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



 Contra Costa Health Services Department



Contra Costa Crisis Center


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." 

Issue 4, Volume 11
November 2016
Tikkun Olam .. a Jewish concept meaning to repair the world. As we move into the holiday, post-election season, let us remember tikkun olam: acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world.  We can make a difference - helping a senior, donating to a cause, or offering a kind word. 
Below you will read how volunteers are making a difference by delivering food, hosting holiday parties, visiting shut-ins, and raising money.  Individuals are repairing the world one gesture at a time.  Engage and connect. You will feel better and the world will be better.       
Making A Difference

PG&E Raises Nearly $8,000 for MOWSOS 

This June, PG&E was named one of America's 50 most community-minded companies by the National Conference on Citizenship's annual Civic 50 list.  That's a huge accolade!
Last month, MOWSOS had the privilege of participating in  PG&E's 2017 Campaign for the Community in Contra Costa County.

"I'm proud that PG&E Transportation Services employees stepped up in a big way to support Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services through our company's annual Campaign for the Community," says Dave Meisel, Senior Director of the Transportation and Aviation Services.  "Through employee generosity and the contribution match provided by PG&E, the holiday season will be a little brighter for many Bay Area seniors."
The Diablo Division also raised funds through raffle prizes and employee matching.  "One of the many goals of the
From left to right: John Agpoon, Transportation Division, PG&E; Erica Marcus, Donor Relations Manager, MOWSOS, and Elaine Clark, CEO, MOWSOS.
PG&E Campaign for the Community is to connect employee donors with nonprofit organizations," says Tosin Ladeinde, Senior New Business Representative, PG&E Service Planning.  "I always knew about the important meal deliveries you provide, but I really appreciated learning about your Fall Prevention and Friendly Visitors Programs as well as the many health and wellness services you also provide.  It is obvious that MOWSOS is having a positive impact on seniors!"

If your organization provides matching funds through workplace giving, please consider choosing Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services as your charitable designation.
For more information about employee giving, call Erica Marcus, Donor Relations Manager at 925-937-8311.
Meals on Wheels
Help Us Deliver Dignity
Did you know that just a few hours of your time, once or twice a week, can help seniors remain healthy and independent in their homes? 
Did you know that you can be a substitute driver and help fill an open route when a driver is sick or on vacation?
Please consider becoming a volunteer driver and help us spread the word.


Attention volunteer drivers.  Click here for Holiday Meal Delivery Schedule.


For more information about the Meals on Wheels Program, contact Nancy Raniere at  or
C. C. Cafés
Caught in the "Web" of Friends at the C. C. Cafés on Halloween
The C. C. Cafés celebrated Halloween with creepy costume contests, monster mash music, deadly dancing, and all-around freaky fun.
From left to right:  Sharon Fitzgerald, Nutrition Services Division Manager; Charles Morris, DJ; Bonnie Paulson, MOWSOS, C.C.Café Program Specialist.
"The Bay Point C. C. Café was so festive," says Bonnie Paulson,  C. C. Café Program Specialist.  "Everyone was up and dancing to the great music provided by D.J. Charles "Prince" Morris."
Concord C. C. Café diners were welcomed by a jail-breaker and hostess with the mostest Halloween cheer.
From left to right:  Pat Watson, Concord C.C. Café Diner and Volunteer; Christine Colburn, Concord C.C. Café Diner and Volunteer.

To eat lunch at the C. C. Cafés, contact Bonnie Paulson at  or 925-357-9706.
 Fall Prevention

You Have the Power to
Prevent a Fall

Falling is not a normal part of aging. Evidence-based falls prevention programs help older adults learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to improve or sustain their strength.

Check out the National Council on Aging's new video titled "You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall." It highlights four  exercise programs that help seniors reduce their fear of falling and gain confidence in their balance.
 Friendly Visitors

A "Marvelous" Match

"We like to sing and listen to music," says Lorie, Friendly Visitor to 98 year-old Sara. 

The sixth of fourteen children, Sara was born in 1918 and remembers reaching the Pacific Ocean from the mid-west at age three.  "I ran into the water and was immediately knocked over by a wave," she recalls.  "I didn't go back in the water for a long while after that"

When Sara's husband passed away and she lost her ability to drive, she longed for companionship.  Once a very active and social person, she missed the robust human interaction she once had.

The Friendly Visitors Program connected Sara with former choir director and fellow music-lover, Lorie.  "We have so much in common," says Lorie, "we chat, play music, talk, and sing."   Sara and three of her sisters performed all over the country as the "Ross Sisters Quartet" and even sang at the State Capital in the 193o's.  "It was a thrill," says Sara.

"Lorie is marvelous, a true God-send," says Sara.  "Likewise," says Lorie, "Sara has given me very good advice.  She lifts me up.  She is amazing."

Lorie will be moving to Australia soon and will miss her companionship with Sara.  "I know MOWSOS will match another Friendly Visitor with Sara, and that comforts me greatly," says Lorie.  "But, of course, we will stay in touch."

If you know a senior who would like a companion or to become a Friendly Visitor, please contact Cynthia Black at or 925-937-8311.  
 Care Management

  Can We Talk?
The Care Management Team is proud to announce a new Talk Therapy Program to help seniors who need assistance with kicking away the blues and bringing back the sunshine. 
Talk Therapy is based upon the premise that talking about things that are bothering you will help clarify them and put them in perspective. 

According to Nazia Chand, a MOWSOS Case Manager, Talk Therapy has been an effective treatment for mild depression for many years.  "It is very effective in providing the skills needed to help handle depression, and when successful, provides a great feeling of empowerment for the client," says Nazia. 

If you or someone you know would like more information about Talk Therapy, please contact Nazia Chand at or call 925-937-8311 Or, for more details, click here.
 Healthy Bites


Your Brain on Fish

Foods ranging from blueberries to green tea, and hundreds in between may help your brain stay in shape. But according to the latest research, cold-water fish is the number one brain-healthy food.

Learn why when you watch "Your Brain on Fish".

 About Town

Life is Grand: A Photo Contest Celebrating the Face of Aging


To see all of the photo contest submissions, click here.


October 20th Event Photos

1st Place Award--Photo Essay

From left to right: 103 year-old swimmer, Sue Hanson, with photographer, Beverly Dubrin.

From left to right:  Susannah Meyer, MOWSOS Volunteer Specialist and Cynthia Black, MOWSOS Health and Wellness Division Manager.

3rd Place Award--Adult Single Image.  Hetta Malone, Photographer

Erica Marcus, MOWSOS Donor Relations Manager.

1st Place Award--Youth Single Image.  "The Tree of Life"

by College Park High School student, Ariel Ostadsarif.

Honorable Mention

"Chillin' with MOWSOS"

by College Park High School student, Klay Williams.

Halloween Fun at MOWSOS


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

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