Donations Will Benefit Needy Tarrant County Seniors; Presentation Scheduled for May 23

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Three Tarrant County organizations – Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Meals On Wheels and Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County – will receive nearly $50,000 in donations from the Home Instead Senior Care® Fort Worth, Texas, office. The money will be used to help subsidize senior care services during a time when many older adults are struggling financially as a result of the recent recession.

Three Tarrant County organizations – Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Meals On Wheels and Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County – will receive nearly $50,000 in donations from the Home Instead Senior Care® Fort Worth, Texas, office. The money will be used to help subsidize senior care services during a time when many older adults are struggling financially as a result of the recent recession.

“We are very excited about this partnership with Home Instead Senior Care,” said Carla Jutson, executive director for Meals On Wheels, Inc., of Tarrant County, speaking on behalf of Neighbor Helping Neighbor and Meals On Wheels.

Jutson will accept the donation for Neighbor Helping Neighbor and Meals On Wheels, which will receive $35,000 and $7,500 respectively, during a ceremony May 23rd. Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, an organization that provides a wide range of senior services, will receive a $5,000 donation from the local Home Instead Senior Care office as well. Jerry Mosman, executive director of the organization, will accept the donation.

The Meals On Wheels donation couldn’t come at a better time, Jutson said. “During the past year, we have experienced a 7 percent increase in the need for home-delivered meals,” she noted. “Sometimes it’s the seniors who find themselves in situations where they can’t provide meals. Or, perhaps, family and neighbors lose their jobs and move so that senior’s support structure goes away. Seniors need help now more than ever before.”

The Neighbor Helping Neighbor program works to reduce social isolation for Tarrant County seniors. “The purpose of this project is to coordinate services for older adults that improve their quality of life and increase their social interaction with members of their own community,” Jutson said.

“We do this by developing networks of support through volunteers and professionals from neighborhood and faith-based groups, government, businesses, and human service organizations. This donation will be used to help isolated seniors receive a variety of services, including minor home repairs, wheelchair ramps, safety equipment, errand assistance, yard maintenance, visits by phone and in person, and meals.”

Mosman said Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County will use the donation to help seniors remain in their homes. “Most seniors want to stay in their own home, but require supports to enable them to do that. Senior Citizen Services provides key social and nutritional support through activities and lunches at 31 senior centers in Tarrant County. We are thankful for this donation to help us further our mission.”

The three Fort Worth organizations are benefiting from an award presented to the Home Instead Senior Care Fort Worth office from the corporate office of the international franchise chain. Fort Worth Home Instead Senior Care Owner Kim Meyers received the award at the Home Instead Senior Care international convention in Omaha, Neb., in April.

Meyers and her staff were among only three franchise offices to earn the exclusive Founder’s Award based on monthly production and outstanding service to their clients. The award provides grants to the recipients to benefit projects or organizations in their communities.

Home Instead Senior Care provides a variety of home care and companionship services to area seniors that keep them safe in their homes including meal preparation, medication reminders, bathing, grooming, dressing, doctor appointments and a personalized plan of care. The office is locally licensed, bonded and insured, as well as licensed through DADS (the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services). During the Christmas season, the office sponsors Socks for Seniors, which has a goal of collecting 5,000 pairs of socks and slippers, along with blankets for needy area seniors.

“I have a tremendous passion for the elderly, which is why we started this business,” Meyers said. “It’s very rewarding to be involved with these organizations and something we want to continue to do. It really feels good at the end of the day to know we’ve made a difference.”

For more information, contact Kim Meyers at 817-427-5555 or visit http://www.homeinstead.com/246.

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