Posted by John Borst on Nov 11, 2019
Colleen Hill, Dryden’s Meals on Wheels coordinator provided the club with an update on the operation of Dryden’s MOW program.
With an aging population coupled with other factors, such as an effort to allow seniors to stay in their homes longer and the hospital’s need to get people home more quickly after a hospital stay, contribute to the growing demand for Meals on Wheels in Dryden.
Colleen Hill
The program provides a hot meal to a client living in their own home who can no longer manage cooking a meal for themselves.
To qualify, a recipient must be 60 Plus, live within the old City limits, or be someone with a disability.
To become a volunteer, you must complete an Accessibility and Harassment Training Session and the signing of the requisite documents such as the Vulnerable Citizen’s criminal reference check form.  Both are provided by Patricia Region Senior Services Inc.
The Coordinator for the Service Clubs and Churches also provides training on meal delivery to community clients. Once they have the forms, a letter of intent is taken to the police department for processing as the volunteer can not proceed until the criminal reference check is cleared.
In 2018, 117 volunteers spent about 1,152 hours providing a hot meal to 29 clients in the community.
Recently, two organizations dropped out of the program; MOW are now searching for others to pick up this slack. Please contact Rtn. Graham Harrison is you are willing to help out.