This familiar scene of “the passing of the check” by the Newport Rotary stands out because it’s helping to keep shut-in senior citizens in their own homes. Not only for their mental and social well-being but also for preventing them from having to live out their lives in nursing homes that often cost taxpayers $3,000 to $5,000 a month. For others it’s even more. A LOT more.
So, a big Newport Thank-You! to The Newport Rotary as they took some of the proceeds from their recent Christmas Dinner Fundraiser and put them in a $550 check to the local Meals on Wheels Program, which delivers hot meals to seniors in their homes. In addition, the program runs a senior “meal site” at the Newport Activity Center during the week for those who can get to the senior center but who find that there is always “too much month left at the end of their money.”
Meals on Wheels Manager Allison Keith thanked Rotary President Steve Brown for the critically needed funds, since all government safety net programs have been substantially reduced due to the country’s nearly four year recession.
Wheeler says her Council of Government’s Meals on Wheels Program does more than just deliver meals to needy seniors. The driver delivering those meals is sometimes the only person that a senior sees over the course of a week or month. She says drivers get to know them and can make sure that they’re okay. And if a problem comes up, whether with their homes, pets or themselves, the proper agency is notified so that it may provide immediate and compassionate assistance.
The Newport Rotary. Going strong since 1955, helping Newport area seniors keep going strong too.