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Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Meals on Wheels

Mission: To provide nutritious meals and social contact for the homebound elderly, ill and disabled in eastern Washtenaw County, Michigan, to enable them to live healthier, safer and more independent lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 330 seniors and homebound residents of the Ypsilanti, MI, area

Geographic areas served: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Programs: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provides food and support to the homebound elderly, disabled, and ill residents of the Ypsilanti, MI, community. We realize that many people, especially the infirm, the ill and the disabled, take comfort in remaining in their own homes, but are unable to shop or cook for themselves. The meals and the personal contact we provide help people care for themselves in their homes. A majority of our clients live alone and get by on little money and no additional support. Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provides them with two meals a day, Monday through Saturday, with an additional meal delivered on Saturday to be eaten on Sunday. We provide pet food and supplies and weekly produce delivery. Items from our Personal Care Pantry, such as cleaning products and adults diapers, are available upon request. Our newest program, CAPABLE, enlists a team of professionals to help seniors make changes necessary to age safely in their homes. And our weekly Only a Ring Away telephone reassurance program acts as an additional wellness check as well as a way to fight loneliness and isolation.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is a fantastic resource for our community! Through the pandemic, they have ALWAYS continued to serve homebound seniors with care, safety and compassion. Through their summer Chit Chat Chums, seniors were contacted weekly to discuss everything from loneliness to health issues to food needs. My clients looked forward to these calls! Not only do I volunteer for this organization - always so well organized on days to volunteer, but I also serve as a board member. YMOW is a resource for college students in the area to experience the nuances of food insecurity in the elderly population. I am proud to be affiliated with YMOW!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board and volunteer with YMOW for the past year, I'm overwhelmed with how incredible the commitment to their clients is! Their care goes way beyond food; they provide wellness checks, companionship, and a lifeline for so many. What a gift to our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For years now, I have been impressed by the important work done in our community by Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and they consistently continue to find new ways to serve their clients in new and better ways. The ambition and caring behind the mission and work that YMOW does is truly humbling and inspiring. Our community would not be the same without YMOW!

1 David B.20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for YMOW and am humbled by both the mission and the people who do this important work. The scope of their support for people in need is impressive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joseph have been delivering meals the past year it's been a great place I would recommend to anyone

1 Mary C.10

Donor

Rating: 5

More than a meal, a touch point for the homebound.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have volunteered for the last 10 years delivering meals on Christmas day. It is very apparent the food insecurity of this population and what a positive impact the Meals on Wheels makes in the lives of their clients.

1 Chris R.11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ypsilanti MOW is a wonderful organization in Ypsilanti. They service a lot of seniors in a kind, caring way. MOW goes above and beyond helping seniors in more ways that just food service. The staff is professional and very helpful.

1 Cathie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I call 9 YMOW clients every week for the Chit Chat Chums program to check on them since the delivery people are not allowed in their homes because of Covid-19. I hear every week how important Meals on Wheels is to them. Most of them only get out for doctor appointments when they can't be virtual. Not only is the food important, but they tell me how important my call is to them. We can discuss things that are happening in their life and things they need help with. I pass on the information for follow-ups from the social worker, office, etc. Meals on Wheels is an important part of their lives!

1 Dawn Simpson B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with YMOW and participate in several fundraisers, so I have first-hand experience with the people who run this organization and with the clients. I can tell you that it is a first-rate organization, run by people who truly care, are knowledgeable, and know how to manage resources. The clients they serve benefit enormously from their services and it truly makes their lives better. This is an A+ organization that is local and amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is extraordinary. The staff is so dedicated and go above and beyond to serve clients who are homebound. The area they serve is underresourced, with many in poverty or near that level. They turned their operation around quickly to respond to the challenges of COVID and still serve about 250 clients with food (as well as pet food for those with animals. Animals are shown to improve quality of life for homebound seniors). I can't stress enough the importance of this nonprofit to the community they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Chit Chat Chums which is something YMOW created to help during this pandemic since the delivery people can't meet face to face with the clients now. I call the same 10 clients every week and chat with them to make sure they have plenty of food, medicine, toilet paper, etc. They look forward to my calls and tell me things that they need or things they need help with. They count on the food and many do not have anything else to eat. Sometimes they need help setting up a doctor appointment, a home repair or just need to talk to someone who cares and will listen to them. YMOW is much more than a meal! They care about their physical and mental health and can get video or telephone calls from the social worker, therapists, nurses etc. Many are excited about getting a raised flower bed outside their home that they can garden in for free! YMOW is such a great part of Ypsilanti and I am proud to be associated with them!