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Volunteer of the Quarter stepped in when he was needed most

Volunteer of the Quarter stepped in when he was needed most

When the world around him began to shut down in March 2020, Ronald Youngblood wanted a way to help his community cope with a strange new reality. A friend suggested he help deliver meals for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, and Ronald jumped right on board.  Ronald’s volunteer training was a little more intense than in ...
Artist provides hope and food while sheltering in place

Artist provides hope and food while sheltering in place

Ann Arbor artist Stephen Cain has a thing or two in common with the people who rely on the support of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.  At 78, he is at increased risk of COVID-19, and at least for now, he’s staying close to home. But unlike many of the seniors served by YMOW, Cain can ...
Top 10 Protocols for safe food delivery

Top 10 Protocols for safe food delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to nearly every part of our lives. Access to food is one thing that shouldn’t change.  YMOW has protocols in place to ensure our homebound neighbors continue to receive the food they need while remaining safe and healthy. 1. Staff whose work does not require them to be in ...
Face shields allow meal delivery with a smile

Face shields allow meal delivery with a smile

More than anything else about his job, Joe loves to see the smiles on the faces of the people on his Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels route. “I just get a kick out of how happy they are,” said Joe, who delivers meals as part of the YMOW staff. But safety protocols due to the COVID-19 ...
Weekly wellness calls improve safety and raise spirits during COVID-19

Weekly wellness calls improve safety and raise spirits during COVID-19

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has always been about more than a daily food delivery. Our clients rely on their daily visit for a bit of conversation and a smiling face. And we at YMOW rely on those face-to-face interactions as reassurance of the client’s well-being. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, these face-to-face encounters are now done ...
Emergency expenses are mounting

Emergency expenses are mounting

YMOW incurs costs to protect clients during COVID-19 As we make our way through this unprecedented health crisis, YMOW’s first priority remains the health and well-being of our homebound neighbors. Special precautions are in place to protect our clients as we continue to provide them with a daily delivery of freshly prepared food. We also ...
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep

Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep

Is it a funny coincidence or a cruel joke that daylight savings time – the day when we set our clocks ahead and lose an hour of precious sleep – occurs during National Sleep Awareness Month? March is a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of quality sleep and how to make it ...
YMOW gives volunteer of the quarter purpose in retirement

YMOW gives volunteer of the quarter purpose in retirement

Having retired from his career in IT, John Isakson needed a new reason to get up and dressed every day. “You have to have a reason to get up every morning,” said John, our final Volunteer of the Quarter for 2019. For nearly six years, that reason has been the people served by Ypsilanti Meals ...
2019 was a year of growth for YMOW

2019 was a year of growth for YMOW

2019 was a busy and exciting year for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. Through support of our dedicated staff and more than 2,500 hours worked by our generous volunteers, we delivered 106,206 meals to 335 homebound neighbors in 2019. March brought our long-awaited move to Michigan Medicine as our food provider. Clients now receive hotter, fresher ...
 

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