I would like to share with you a thank you letter from Ellie Hollander, the President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. She wrote in part:
“As the world stayed home, local Meals on Wheels programs and their volunteers battled the impact of the coronavirus from the frontlines. Member programs of Meals on Wheels America fought against incredible odds, and in the face of immense chaos, to protect our nation’s seniors. But the fight is far from over, and we must remain vigilant.
“When COVID-19 hit, an overwhelming number of new seniors became immediately in need of our services—and our protection. We’ve all now seen just how ill-prepared our nation is when it comes to dealing with this kind of crisis, and it’s made one thing very clear to me: Meals on Wheels fulfills a critical need in this country by striving to ensure that no senior is left behind.
“Still, the cards felt stacked against us. Daily face-to-face visits had to be turned into ‘knock-and-drop’ deliveries. In-person chats were replaced by phone call check-ins. Senior centers and group dining facilities became grab-and-go meal sites, and their diners often had to be converted to home-delivered meal clients, all practically overnight. Fundraising activities were no longer options. Local programs couldn’t rely on this revenue to keep operations going at a time when a substantial increase in funding was so desperately needed.
“It’s the most formidable challenge Meals on Wheels America has ever faced, and yet, we’ve prevailed...and we’ve prevailed because of you. You demonstrated that you’re here for us, and you’re here for older Americans. Last year, you truly did MAKE GOOD GO FURTHER, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” My thanks go out to all of you, also.
Provides free and objective information and assistance in dealing with Medicare, Medi-Cal, HMO's , long term care insurance and other health insurance issues. HICAP provides two main services: individual counseling and community education presentations. Local appoints are available with a registered volunteer. To schedule a one-on-one counseling appoint with a HICAP counselor, call 1-800-434-0222, ext. 117.
Information and Assistance
A free service for seniors 60 and older in Lake and Mendocino counties, linking older individuals and their caregivers to appropriate community resources available to meet their needs. Senior I & A will help you know about area services and whether you qualify.
Senior Hot Line Available:
Senior Legal Assistance
The program provides free legal assistance, education, advice, counseling and representation to Lake & Mendocino county seniors in the following areas:
Public Benefits (health, income & supportive services)
Consumer Protection and Debt
Incapacity and long-term care
Legal Services of Northern California
421 N. Oak Street
Ukiah, CA. 95482
Open: Monday - Friday
8 am to 3 pm
Closed: Weekends, and 1/18 for Martin Luthor King Jr. Day