Jeff Broussard knows much about the services provided by Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM) as the organization was a critical piece in the care of his own parents for many years. MOWAM aims to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound through programs that promote dignity and independent living.
While most people think of the mainstay food delivery program when they hear “Meals on Wheels,” MOWAM has evolved into so much more.
“We believe in serving people holistically through not only providing a hot meal, but also helping our clients meet the other needs that arise when an individual is homebound,” says Dan Pruett, CEO and President.
This holistic treatment is achieved through the “And More” programs, which include services such as transportation to medical appointments, minor and major home repairs, grocery shopping assistance and phone friends to create connections and ward off loneliness. Mike’s Place, an activity center for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, is another new program recently created by MOWAM. So much for simple food delivery!
With such extensive programming, it is sometimes a challenge to provide all these services, especially with a rapidly aging population and a tough economy. To help bring in additional funding, MOWAM had long encouraged supporters to consider using Give Realty when looking to sell their home. This had never come to fruition however, until Jeff Broussard’s move lead to a $986.25 donation to the organization.
“We were thrilled!” said Pruett. “This donation will pay for 494 hot, nutritious meals for homebound men and women in our community. It was very exciting to see that opportunity come to fruition.”
Three Ways to Help Meals on Wheels and More
1. Donate money or fundraise.
2. Volunteer. The meal delivery program runs every weekday and has meal pick-up locations all across the city. It just takes one hour per week or less if you volunteer as part of a team. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Meals on Wheels’ diverse programs, including Mike’s Place, Groceries to Go and Care Calls.
3. Advocate. Help spread the word about the issues affecting our community’s seniors by advocating for MOWAM online through Facebook, Twitter, Crowdrise or by writing your friends and family.