YMOW/Habitat for Humanity win $500,000 Vital Seniors Prize

Funding will expand CAPABLE senior support program in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, was awarded the $500,000 Grand Prize at the Vital Seniors Competition celebration Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The award is part of a $2.5 million initiative by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to fund innovative support programs for seniors and their caregivers in Washtenaw County.

YMOW was always part of volunteer's retirement plan

Gary Gross

Gary Gross has big plans for his recent retirement. Along with remodeling his house, traveling to Europe and spending time with his wife and two teen-aged children, the 62-year-old is enjoying his time spent delivering meals for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

“I always planned this as part of my retirement,” said Gary, who joins client care associate Heidi every Wednesday to deliver meals to about 50 Ypsilanti residents. He greets each person with a smile, a friendly greeting and meals for the day. But what Gary gets in return far outweighs anything he can offer.

“The smiles and gratitude I receive are just priceless,” he said.

YMOW BY THE NUMBERS

Meals Delivered in 2019
Clients Served in 2019
Volunteer Delivery Hours Logged in 2019
Percentage of Clients Who Feel Safer

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