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Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Tributes and Memorials
Upcoming Events
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
Fall Prevention
A Habit of Giving
Meals on Wheels
Healthy Bites
About Town

Meals on Wheels

Mindy Becker
Mike Bowers
Jennifer Di Prisco
Will Haskins
Liane Moldenhauer
Larry Morin
Judy Mulry
Kimberley Nguyen
Paula Ridley
Angela Rodriguez
Fran Woldanski

C. C. Caf├ęs

Hengkie Tjahjadi

Friendly Visitors

Jean Dunning
Heather Booth
Christine Yarosh
Holly Ellison

Office Volunteers

Lucy Harman
Jean Dunning
Kimberly Nguyen
Laura Spalding
Katie Ieronimo


"Dear Nazia [and Nick],

Just a quick note to personally thank you for your care assessments of the folks impacted by the Morgan Territory Road mudslide and road closure.

 Your prompt follow-through was instrumental in assisting The Office of Emergency Services to assure that essential services were provided to the community that was so isolated. 

I am happy to report that the road is open to one-way traffic. They are building another access road that will be used during the repairs to [MTR]. 

As the volunteer access & functional needs & disabilities coordinator for The Office of Emergency Services, I found your assistance to be invaluable!"

With appreciation,
Carol Anne McCrary


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

Carole Roberts' Birthday
MOWSOS Volunteer, Katia Senff
Concord CC Cafe
Beverly Napier
Al Sheridan
   Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:

Bubby, AKA Norma Silver 
Ellen Campbell
John Delchini
Lester H. Kukuk
Kay You Lee
Juanita Lodetti
Shawn Morrissey
Beverly Napier
Virginia Opena Swezey
Rita V. Teeter
Celia Waltjen,
Jenny Saenz and
Mary Molcsan
Ivis Wood
Stanley Won
John Van Hoomissen


Thursday, May 18th

Brentwood Senior Center
193 Griffith Lane


Rotary Home
TeamWork Day

Home Maintenance for older adults in

Contra Costa County

Saturday, May 20th
To schedule an appointment, call


Tuesday, May 23rd

Meal on Wheels and Senior
Outreach Services
1300 Civic Drive,

Walnut Creek

Refreshments will be served.


Saturday, May 27th
9:00am - 3:00pm

Richmond/ San Pablo


June is 

 Click link above for events throughout month of June.



Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Heather Farm Park,
Walnut Creek


Friday, June 23rd
9:30am - 11:00am

John Muir Outpatient Center
2400 Balfour Road


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 East County Times
Community Champions
Good Neighbors Column

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
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

925-937-8311 x104

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Issue 5, Volume 5
May 2017
Sixty-two million Americans volunteer annually (roughly 25% of the adult population), according to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services could not survive without volunteers - over 1,500, many volunteering for multiple tasks. Just as we rely on volunteers, our organization also volunteers in quiet, special ways.

After the devastating mud slides that closed Morgan Territory, MOWSOS case managers worked with the Office of Emergency Services to ensure that older adults were safe. Food and resources were taken to many who were cut off from services and family. Recently, we entered into an arrangement with a local hospital to support their new Physician Residency program. We volunteered to help new physicians understand the social determinants of health by creating opportunities for physicians to accompany us in the field. This is a first-of-its-kind partnership - an opportunity for us to teach others about the impact of the home environment on health.

Volunteering to work together makes us all stronger. Thank you to all of us - individuals and organizations - who choose to volunteer.

 Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
It's that time again - time to stand up and shout out our appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who make a difference every day. The MOWSOS annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic is Thursday, June 8th. Please join us!

This event is designed to honor and give a whopping THANK YOU to the 1,200 volunteers who help provide critical services to seniors in need throughout Contra Costa County. Without your support, we simply could not do what we do. 

If you have received your invitation but have not yet RSVPd, you still have time! Call or email Nelly Salgado, Receptionist, by May 29th at 925-937-8311 or We hope to see you there!

Older Americans Month
Aging Out Loud

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens to address issues faced by a growing number of older Americans - namely living in poverty with few programs available to offer assistance. What came from these meetings was the designation of May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to "Older Americans Month."

Since its inception, Older Americans Month has typically been a time to acknowledge the contributions of older adults - often Veterans. The month is celebrated across the country with events, resource fairs, proclamations and articles such as one from  Bob Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP).

In the article, Blancato urges the public to rethink policies on aging,"We should examine aging policy from a more holistic fashion, linking what were once siloed programs into a more coordinated approach."

Click here to read Blancato's article for
Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention Event
A Fall Prevention event, held May 3rd at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek, advised guests about fall risks and shared valuable information for local resources. Activities included balance testing, exercise recommendations, and more.This event was sponsored by the Fall Prevention Coalition of Contra Costa County.
From left to right, Allison Larking, Visiting Angels, Fall Prevention Program Manager, Alayne Balke, Shannon Dempsey, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Lorna Van Ackeren, Hillendale Home Care, Mareike Perez, BrightStar Care.

The following Fall Prevention Coalition Members were on hand to help guests put in place plans to prevent a possibly life-changing fall:
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
BrightStar Care
Visiting Angels, Living Assistance Services
Tender Heart Home Care
Jewish Family & Community Services, East Bay
Linda Meneken, PT, CAPS
Hillendale Home Care
Live 2B Healthy
Safe at Home

Physical Therapist Linda Meneke and Fall Prevention Program Assistant Janett Tong testing the balance of a participant.
Alayne Balke explains fall prevention measures to a participant.

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

A Habit of Giving
What is a Bubbyism?

Who is Bubby and what is a Bubbyism? Readers of The Brentwood Press are chuckling remembering columnist Marla Luckhardt's mother, Norma Silver, known to most as "Bubby".

Bubby always captivated a room with her smarts and soft-spoken nature. Her Bubbyisms were humorous and wise adages that covered everything from our freedoms to our families, and they were frequently featured in Luckhardt's senior-focused articles. A Bubbyism was even created when Marla asked her mom about her final wishes.

"We don't do flowers," Bubby said. "I've been to my share of memorials, who needs another? Let's honor seniors by donating in my memory to MOWSOS."

Last month MOWSOS started receiving donations in Bubby's memory. We contacted Marla, Bubby's daughter who ju st returned from Red Rock Canyon, a place her parents loved. The trip was taken to honor their memory.

"The trip was hard but magical." Marla explained. "I love Bette Midler. So did Mom. As I drove to Red Rock, Bette's song, "Wind Beneath my Wings" started to play." Marla sung the lyrics quietly. "Did you ever know that you're my hero, / And everything I would like to be? / I can fly higher than an eagle, / For you are the wind beneath my wings."

"My mother was my hero," Marla said. She was the wind beneath my wings and I hope the donations MOWSOS receives are wings and wind that will help support many seniors and inspire others to donate."

For more information about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus at or 925-937-8315.

Meals on Wheels
red-table-setting.jpg A Friendship Years... and Meals... In the Making!

Linda Groobin had a successful career working as a project manager with fortune 100 accounts in San Francisco. In 2001, when she heard about an open position working with seniors in the area of nutrition, something intrigued her enough to leave corporate life behind and apply.

Four months after retiring, career Graphic D esigner Ray Zenoni found himself bored. Partner Al Turner had recently retired from a background in data control and software development for the banking industry. Both were vets, and both were unused to the lack of activity and community involvement. They joined the MOWSOS team of volunteers and proceeded to make themselves indispensable.
Left to right, Ray, Linda and Al in the early days of their friendship.

Linda's first day as Senior Nutrition Program Manager for MOWSOS' then 7 C.C. Cafes fell on a warm September day. Feeling good about her career move and finding her 'niche', she entered her new office at 1300 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek and heard laughing. Ray and Al were there on her first day, telling jokes to staff and in general making everyone smile (they still do)! They offered a cheerful welcome and a warm friendship, and the three have never looked back! Says Linda, "I think you kind of know, at least I did with them. You feel the goodness in people and it's authentic. It shows through and it's rare."

Recent photo of Ray, Linda, Al

Follow the link to learn more about this 16-year friendship and the connection made through MOWSOS. Click here to continue reading.
 Healthy Bites

fitness_woman.jpg The Lifelong Benefits of Music

Listening to music is a well-known way to calm the nerves and de-stress. But did you know that playing an instrument can actually act as physical therapy and can benefit chronic health issues such as blood pressure and COPD?

In a recent article, Life Transitions and Eldercare Writer, Bart Astor, explores the additional ways music can be used to treat  mental health disease, developmental and learning disabilities, dementia, and acute and chronic pain.

Astor specifically recommends the harmonica playing for making physical or occupational therapy more effective and more fun!
Read more of's  article about musical instruments as therapy  here.
 About Town

The cost of feeding a senior for an entire year is less than the cost of a single day in the hospital. To help us get the word out about the critical work we do, we're using a platform called Thunderclap. It's a new tool that allows people to pledge a Tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr post that will be posted along with all other supporters' messages at the same time. You can help us make a difference and save lives.
Help support us by visiting our Thunderclap page!

Pleasant Hill Councilmembers Sue Noack and Matthew Rinn delivery meals during March for Meals Community Champions Week!
The 2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit, attended by MOWSOS staff and speakers: Mayors Laura Hoffmeister of Concord, Mike Anderson of Lafayette, Rob Schroder of Martinez, Michael Harris of Pleasant Hill, and Rich Carlston of Walnut Creek.

From left to right, MOWSOS Board Member Wayne Francis, Kelly Kalfsbeek, Workforce Development Board, Erica Rodriguez-Langley, District Director, Office of Jim Frazier, Stephen Griswold, Constituent Representative, Office of Jerry McNerney, Community Engagement Officer, Susannah Meyer.
   East County Chambers May Mega Mixer. Left to right; MOWSOS Board Member Wayne Francis, Community Engagement Officer Susannah Meyer, Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor.
From left to right, College Park High School CPTV teacher Paul Renaud, CPHS students, and Volunteer Specialist Tracey Blackmore attend Mt. Diablo USD Annual Career Pathways Showcase, held at John Muir Health-Concord Campus.
MOWSOS Health & Wellness Division Manager, Cynthia Black, attends Park Rx Day in Richmond.
MOWSOS Fall Prevention Assistant Janett Tong and Nutrition Services Division Manager, Sharon Fitzgerald, attend the Pleasant Hill Laugh, Love & Learn Senior Wellness Forum.
Dancers enjoy the festivities at the Pittsburg C.C. Cafe Spring Fling!
Guests had a blast with DJ music, great food and socialization. For more information about upcoming cafe events, contact Sharon Fitzgerald, Nutrition Services Division Manager at