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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 5/4/2020

AgeWell Services Continues Senior Curbside Meal Distribution

MUSKEGON, Mich. – AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van continue to provide meals to seniors through Senior Curbside Meal Distribution During COVID-19 pandemic with support from Senior Resources and Muskegon County Senior Millage.

AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van are continuing their work together along with various community partner locations to provide meals to seniors aged 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Meals are intended for individuals who have limited access to food. Various dates and locations from May 5 – May 14 from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Meals are intended for those 60 and over with limited access to food.

The curbside pickup offers a quick, drive through option to keep seniors and volunteers safely distnaced during the COVID-19 outbreak. Seniors that cannot drive or get out of the house can send someone to “proxy” for their meal.

WHEN & WHERE:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Tanglewood Park
560 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, 49444

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tanglewood Park
560 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, 49444

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Georgetown Connections
7100 8th Ave., Jenison, 49428

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Ravenna First Reformed Church
3327 Mortimer St., Ravenna, 49451

In the fourth round of Senior Curbside Meal Distributions, AgeWell Services is adding two dates at Tanglewood Park in Norton Shores. The meals that will be distributed at these locations are made possible by grants that were gifted to AgeWell Services from the City of Norton Shores and the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan.

“The City of Norton Shores was fortunate to receive CARES/CDBG funding from HUD to respond to resident’s immediate needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic” said Mark Meyers, Norton Shores City Manager.  “We are pleased to be able to partner with Agewell Services’ Meals on Wheels program to provide necessary food supports for our senior population, our largest demographic and one that is most vulnerable to the virus and must shelter in place.”

The Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan is a community health and education foundation. It works to measurably improve fundamental wellness in the Muskegon-Lakeshore area in the tradition of osteopathic medicine. The Foundation invests in projects that increase access to quality healthcare, improve nutrition, and encourage physical activity with a goal to bring wellness within reach for every member of our community.

Without community support we would not be able to continue serving and giving; without your contributions, our seniors would be isolated, unhealthy and malnourished. Please consider giving to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund to keep these wheels moving. Visit www.agewellservices.org or, if you need help making arrangements, please contact us at 231-412-7966.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 4/17/2020

AgeWell Services Plans Senior Curbside Meal Distribution

MUSKEGON, Mich. – AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van continue to provide Senior Curbside Meal Distribution During COVID-19 Outbreak with support from Senior Resources and Muskegon County Senior Millage.

AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van are continuing their work together along with various community partner locations to provide meals to seniors aged 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Various dates and locations from April 21 through April 30 from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Meals will be served to adults 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at various locations. The curbside pickup offers a quick, drive through option to keep seniors and volunteers safely separated during the COVID-19 outbreak. Seniors that cannot drive or get out of the house can send someone to “proxy” for their meal.

WHEN & WHERE:

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Muskegon Farmers Market
242 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Cedar Creek Township Hall
6556 Sweeter Road, Twin Lake, MI

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
White Lake Community Education
541 E. Slocum St., Whitehall, MI

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging
1051 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven, MI

Donations for these meals are accepted and appreciated. Without community support we would not be able to continue serving and giving; without your contributions, our seniors would be isolated, unhealthy and malnourished. Please consider giving to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund to keep these wheels moving. Visit www.agewellservices.org or, if you need help making arrangements, please contact us at 231-412-7966.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 4/7/2020

AgeWell Services Plans to Senior Curbside Meal Distribution Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van Provide Senior Curbside Meal Distribution During COVID-19 Outbreak with support from Senior Resources and Muskegon County Senior Millage.AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van work together with various community partner locations to provide meals to seniors aged 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Various dates and locations from April 7 to April 17 from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Meals will be served to adults 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at various locations. The curbside pickup offers a quick, drive through option to keep seniors and volunteers safely separated during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Donations for these meals are accepted and appreciated.

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Muskegon Heights City Market, 99 E. Center St., Muskegon Heights, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Ravenna First Reformed Church, 3327 Mortimer St., Ravenna, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Georgetown Connections, 7100 8th Ave., Jenison, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Friday, April 10, 2020
Northside Community United Methodist Church, 1614 Ruddiman Dr., North Muskegon, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Fruitport Congregational Church, 9 S. 8th Ave., Fruitport, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Coopersville Reformed Church, 423 W. Randall St., Coopersville, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Orchard View Community Education, 1765 Ada Ave., Muskegon, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Friday, April 17, 2020
Evergreen Commons, 480 State St., Holland, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 4/3/2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 3/20/2020

AgeWell Services Plans to Senior Curbside Meal Distribution Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van Provide Senior Curbside Meal Distribution During COVID-19 Outbreak with support from Senior Resources and Muskegon County Senior Millage.AgeWell Services of West Michigan and Grand Rapids YMCA’s Veggie Van work together with various community partner locations to provide meals to seniors aged 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Various dates and locations from March 24th to April 2nd from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Meals will be served to adults 60 and over in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at various locations. The curbside pickup offers a quick, drive through option to keep seniors and volunteers safely separated during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Donations for these meals are accepted and appreciated.

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Muskegon Farmers Market - 242 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Orchard View Community Education - 1765 Ada Ave., Muskegon, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Evergreen Commons - 480 State St., Holland, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Four Points Center for Successful Aging - 1051 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Friday, March 27, 2020
White Lake Community Ed. (West Parking Lot) - 541 E. Slocum St., Whitehall, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Holton United Methodist Church - 9530 Holton-Duck Lake Rd., Holton, MI
12:00 – 2:00pm

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Since 1973, AgeWell Services has provided meal programs to address malnutrition and isolation for older adults. The Harbor Steel Meals on Wheels Kitchen at Tanglewood Park prepares and delivers more than 1,600 meals each week day to seniors in Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. For more: www.agewellservices.org

Contact: Stephanie Stewart, Outreach Manager, AgeWell Services of West Michigan, 231-559-0476, stephanie@agewellservices.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 3/16/2020

To:                       AgeWell Services Volunteers
FROM:                Kris Collee, Executive Director
DATE:                  March 15, 2020
RE:                      Illness and Reporting of Travel

At AgeWell Services, we are taking a conservative approach to how we manage our volunteers and staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to taking all of the proper precautions to keep you safe and healthy, we also serve the population most adversely affected by the virus. This means we need to take additional precautions to keep everyone safe.

Effective immediately, you are not to report to your volunteer or paid job duties if you are experiencing any of the following emergency warning signs:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or unable to rouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you have traveled in the last week outside of Michigan, we would like you to report that to your supervisor. If you have plans to travel in the next two weeks, please also tell your supervisor. It is possible you may not be able to return to your responsibilities for a couple of weeks if you have or intend to travel.

Above all, your role as a volunteer is important to the infrastructure of our programs. This is why we have prioritized who will be able to receive services (rated in importance of homebound seniors), cancelled social gatherings of any size, and streamlined our operations to respond to a potential reduction in workforce. At this time, AgeWell Services is only operating Meals on Wheels delivery and 51 clients on the Senior Transportation Program until further notice.

You must make the decision for yourself as to whether you continue driving/volunteering at this time. You are more at risk if:

  • You are age 60 and older
  • You have heart disease, diabetes and/or lung disease

Please consider staying home at this time. If you are slightly over the age of 60 but have none of the above health concerns, we may need you more than ever. Please let us know if you are able and willing to help more than your typical schedule.

If you need access to meal delivery on a temporary basis, please call our intake line at 1-800-442-6769.

Our best action is to take a proactive approach. Our people are our best asset. Please take care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 3/16/2020

Driftwood Café at Tanglewood Park:
Effective at 1:00 pm on 3/16, the Driftwood Cafe at Tanglewood Park will be closed until further notice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 3/13/2020

In an effort to keep participants and team members safe, AgeWell Services is minimizing risk by a reduction in service to our most vulnerable, home-bound seniors. At this time, the only programs maintaining operations will be Meals on Wheels (Home Delivered Meals), the Senior Transportation Program, and the Driftwood Café with limited hours.

Meals on Wheels/Home Delivered Meals:
All meals will be changed to frozen meals to streamline kitchen and to be as efficient as possible. At this time, we are attempting to continue deliveries to all participants. If this changes, we will serve based on priority level. (We rank them on a priority 1, 2 or 3- 1 being highest need, 3 being lowest need). We will make every effort to at least serve priority 1 clients. We are sending emergency meals to all current home delivered clients next week. If you know of anyone in great need of food due to mobility, food access or lack of support systems (60 or over), they can call our intake at (231) 755-0434 for service in Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa County. We will do our best to provide a frozen or shelf stable meal.

Lunch and Activity Centers:
All congregate meal sites are closed as of Monday, March 16th until further notice. If any clients do not have any other resources for meals or food, have them call our intake number and we can potentially start them on home delivered meals.

Senior Transportation Program:
Priority will be given to those on dialysis, cancer treatment, and cardiac treatment. We are asking that anyone with symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) to cancel rides. All other rides will be cancelled until April 6th. We do not have the capacity to help new clients at this time.

Wellness Center at Tanglewood Park:
Closed until further notice.

Senior Center Activities/Health Promotion Classes:
All activities cancelled until further notice.

Driftwood Café at Tanglewood Park:
Open at this time with reduced hours. 8am to 1 pm, Monday – Friday next week until further notice.

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