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Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

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Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels

Mission: To promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services.

Results: Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County has prepared and delivered almost 20 million meals. This program is vital to helping people remain at home in a safe and healthy environment.

Target demographics: Homebound elderly and disabled people in Tarrant County who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and who have no one to do so for them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,026

Geographic areas served: Tarrant County, Texas

Programs: Home-delivered meals Comprehensive Case Management HAIL (Healthy Aging and Independent Living) Client services: companion pet food, friendly visits from volunteers, supplemental pantry food, mobility assistance (wheelchairs, grab bars, ramps, walkers, etc.), utility bill payment assistance, smoke detectors, heaters/blankets, fans/air conditioners, etc.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with Meals on Wheels, Inc of Tarrant County once a week in a local distribution center and I also have a route one day a week, as do many other volunteers that I talk with. I've found both jobs rewarding. The people in the main distribution center do an excellent job of getting the meals exact to the needed counts, which makes our job easy. I talk with the drivers as they pick up their meals and see the goodness in their hearts. Many have done this for years and enjoy every minute of it. They know their people very well and comment when they're not on the list. I also enjoy talking with the drivers that do the same route that I do on another day. They have enhanced my knowledge of many of the customers on my route, which has been beneficial. The customers I deliver to are always so happy to see me and appreciative of their meals. They always greet me with a smile and sometimes a story. Some need a hug every once in awhile, which I am happy to give and receive back from them. I find that the short 1 - 2 hours a day, twice a week spent on this worthwhile cause is a blessing to me and I hope to do this for a very long time.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 20 + years of delivering meals in Fort Worth, it is still gratifying to help the elderly live independent lives in their own homes.Seeing some clients in dire physical and financial situations respond to the question "how are you today" with a big smile (few teeth) and " I am blessed "gives me perspective in life.And where else can I go and be referred to as youg man! SR

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had been delivering meals for nearly 25 years. My husband was also on the board. While my husband passed last year, I am still delivering after a short gap after he died. I think they do a lot of good and obviously We thought a lot of the orgination since we have delivered for so many years. We have gone through three drop off staions and all havae been excellent. Terry

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with a half-dozen non-profit organizations, and Meals on Wheels does the best job of screening and staying in touch with clients. I have not encountered a bad staff attitude during 16 years of volunteering at various Meals locations throughout Tarrant County. When necessary, the paid staff will step in and deliver meals. The long-time director, Carla Jutson, is very friendly and outgoing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a substitute driver in the Mid Cities area. As such I am able to work around my schedule which is very convenient. The schedulers give me plenty of notice of their needs. Having a peek into other people's lives can be very instructive and very humbling. Every route is a lesson in gratitude for me. There are some truly wonderful clients on my routes who are able to brigthen MY day by their cheerfulness and sincere thanks. I do several volunteer activities but I can truly say that Meals on Wheels is my favorite.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been delivering for Meals on Wheels for over 2 years. It is the most gratifying "job" I have ever had - everyone, from the staff in the office to the clients receiving the meals are so appreciative of your time and efforts. I have been on the same route for over a year now and have gotten to know the clients and their families. It's been nothing short of a blessing to be involved with this organization !

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for about 25 years. I started out with a weekly route, and when I went back to work I became a substitute driver, and still drive most every week. My 4 children have all participated as they grew up with the deliveries, and we all have many fond memories of some our favorite clients. Providing food to those who are in need is something that I feel very proud to be involved with, but at the same time is a very humbling experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began volunteering as a substitute delivery individual and realize how fortunate I am to have contact with so many less fortunate individuals that are very warm, receptive and thankful for MOW. In most instances, these people are really upbeat and make me feel very humble and thankful.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I coordinate our company's volunteer schedule and have been involved with Meals on Wheels many times over the years. They provide a wonderful service to delivery meals to homebound and elderly individuals. They organize this service for thousands every day and do so with compassion. It is a wonderful organization and I'm so honored to have been associated with it!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am self employed but volunteered 1 1/2 years ago to be a substitute driver. I have been so impressed with the organization and the service, second to none that I have ever been involved with. But, the best part is the clients. They are all grateful for MOW, but more importantly they inspire me. Many have special needs but face life with a determination that I am not sure I would have in their circumstances. Many have told me that MOW Tarrant County helps them keep that determination.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been delivering meals through Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County for several years now. It is one of the most gratifying recurring experiences of my life and, more importantly, helps address an urgent need for folks who have so many challenges. The basic need for food is, obviously, addressed. Beyond that, though, people who can easily be (and feel) neglected and forgotten by our society are cared for in a very direct and personal way. Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is providing a crucial service and is doing so with compassion and excellence.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my youngest went to school, I started volunteering for Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County. I took my children with me during the summers. They were so taken by the clients that they would ask about them when school started. I begin to work for Meals, had to take a leave, and a few years later came back. I now take care of Client Services and don't know where to begin. We have painted homes, repaired roofs, put in smoke alarms, installed convertor boxes, given out toliet raisers, rollators, wheelchairs, hospital beds, canes, shower chairs, walkers, have a food pantry, help feed pets, help sick pets, help neuter pets, help with transportation, have a program for volunteers to make weekly visits and run errands, and have even replaced water heaters. Can you believe that there's more? There is - one client, 82 years old, needed a light replaced in her hallway. My volunteer was there that day. Another had his mailbox knocked down. My volunteer not only fixed it for him, but gave him his number and told him to call any time. During this holiday season, if you feel down on mankind, help out with Meals On Wheels. It will change your life. People who need help ARE helped. It can be the smallest of projects, but can make a world of difference to our client. Volunteers start out to help others, they stay because it makes THEM feel good.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I made the decision to volunteer for meals on wheels I was nervous about finding the addresses. But they have all the tools you need and my team and I have a great time taking turns delivering the meals. It truly gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing that I have helped. I'm sure our visit may be the only contact some of the people have and I enjoy being there for them.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County I have been impressed with every aspect of the organization. The staff within their main office is friendly and organized. The delivery volunteers are equipped with training and are screened for suitability. The routes are mapped out with helpful detailing. The privacy of their clients is well protected. The meals seem to be very healthy, balanced and well proportioned. The clients appear to greatly benefit from these aspects of the meals as well as their regular delivery. The organization regularly expresses appreciation to its volunteers.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fill in when needed. I was called one morning to do a last minute fill in and, of course, this time of year there's so much to do and my schedule was full but I hesitantly said okay. When I got to my pick up, I had 11 stops, a record for me, and I thought, "This is going to take forever." As I slowly covered the route, not knowing my stops or locations, I arrived at an elderly lady's apartment and she asked me to shut the door. I tried to explain to her I was running late with many stops left and reluctantly shut the door. She proceeded to hand me a beautiful angel she had knitted and told me to look up. The room was dark, with her shades shut to her sliding glass door with a CD slipped under the curtain where the sun reflected. She said, "Do you see my rainbow? You are my angel for today! Thank you for bringing me my dinner." My special angel hangs in my kitchen/family room so I can see it daily and reminded that a little time and kindness is priceless to one that waits daily to share her rainbow and an angel made with love. By giving our time we receive so much more! Kathy

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 18 months, I (along with a co-worker) deliver Meals on Wheels on Fridays to clients in East Fort Worth. Leaving the office, stopping by to pick up the meals, and delivering to 10 or so clients and returning to the office takes just a little over an hour. In that hour, we have an opportunity to bring a hot meal to those who would not otherwise receive one, a chance to visit with a co-worker that in the normal course of business we may not be able to do, and the opportunity to receive many kind and appreciative words from the clients. I can always count on hearing "God Bless You" every Friday. What an easy way to make a difference in someone's life and enjoy time with a co-worker. My company has a strong commitment to being good citizens in our community. Partnering with Meals on Wheels allows that to happen. Meals on Wheels not only supplies its clients with noon meal delivery, but also provides breakfast and weekend meals to qualified clients along with a laundry list of other client services. This organization runs on a lean budget and uses its funding to get the most "bang for the buck". Month after month, I continue to be impressed at how far MOW can stretch its dollars and how many people in Tarrant County they are able to help. Way to go, Meals on Wheels!!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County because the people there are so caring and helpful to those of us who volunteer to deliver. They are competent, patient, and always follow through when it is necessary to make changes. We are all blessed to have MOW for people in Tarrant County who need them.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for over a year now. I'm so glad to be part of this wonderful organization and to be able to help those in my community who aren't able to provide themselves with a hot, nutrious meal everyday. Meals on Wheels not only provides hot, nutritous meals but they do so with a warm and caring heart.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels provides a great opportunity to provide a significant service to homebound individuals in need of a meal. The service mission is uncomplicated and clear and the payback to a volunteer is immediate - face to face contact with clients who are so appreciative of the service. Organizational overhead is minimal - volunteers provide the "nuts and bolts" of the service plan. Site volunteers organize and package the meals for pickup. Delivery volunteers pick up the meals and deliver them directly to clients in their homes. Meals on Wheels provides an essential, core service.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second time to volunteer for MOW. While living in Sherman several years ago, I delivered meals on my lunch hour. Today, I am retired and wanted to give back to my community. I have been delivering in this area for two years. I also run errands and do small tasks for any of my clients who have needs. This is also volunteer time. My grandsons love to help me deliver when they are in town. The clients love interaction with children. This year I have a partner and along with meals, we also deliver hugs to those who need them. It has been a wonderful experience, and I am very blessed by their smiles and gratitude.