Helping Horizons with clerical work, office preparations, and delivering meals has been an extremely fulfilling experience.
Delivering meals to the homebound elderly is a great experience and allows one to give back to the community. Our family delivers meals at least once a week and finds ways to help in the kitchen or with breakfast bags when we can. They can always use drivers to help deliver meals. Businesses also help deliver meals. The experience teaches my kids the importance of helping those who need help and I'm always amazed at how much the staff gets done with minimal help. Please look into helping Meals on Wheels once a week or once a month.
I have served as a board member at Horizon's and also as a volunteer delivering meals through Horizons' Meal-On-Wheels Program. Many of the hundreds of hot meals delivered daily are to home bound elderly widowed women. In some cases this is the only hot meal they receive. Horizon's provides consumer credit counseling, including budgeting, debt management to many single mother's that may be jobless or having a very difficult time making ends meet. They also provide behavioral and mental health counciling. These services are much needed by women and families. Getting this help in a responsive manner is getting more difficult, and Horizon's meets this important need which is too often overlooked.
From my board experience with Horizons, I have seen first hand how the variety of services they offer provide instrumental support to women of all ages. Their meals on wheels program supports the dietary and safety needs of elderly women. The mental health and financial counseling services serve primarily younger and middle-aged women. Horizons is unique in that they provide this broad-based variety of support services. In addition, the delivery of these services is done very effectively through passionate staff who are sensative to delivering these services efficiently and effectively.
I was privileged to help serve lunches as a fundraiser, and have shared the Horizons story to groups. I have watched Horizons for many years as it effectively reached out to serve our community through Meals on Wheels, consumer credit counseling, mental health counseling and a variety of other services. I am always so impressed at the care and compassion of the staff and the important role they play in supporting families. Thanks, Horizons, for all you do!