2. We feed hungry seniors!Who We Are ● Home Delivered MealsMeals on Wheels is not anentitlement program. It’s ● Congregate Meal Sitesnot run by the federal,state or local government. ● Social Support ServicesThe entire Ocean CountyMeals on Wheels programis run by CommunityServices Inc., a private,non-profit 501(c)3organization created by St.Andrew United MethodistChurch in 1973. And rightnow, we are asking foryour generous help andsupport. www.csimow.org
3. Our MissionWe are driven by apassionate belief thatsenior citizens deserve tolead happy, healthy andabove all, meaningful lives.From forty years ofexperience, we know thebest way to accomplish this:By doing everything we can “It’s a bright spot in my day.”to keep them in theenvironment where they’remost comfortable—athome.www.csimow.org
4. WE SAVE LIVES “Keeps Me in My Home”Community Home delivered mealsServices let Virginia , who recently celebratedInc. (CSI) her 90th Birthday,saves lives. stay in her home – the place sheWe are feels most safe andbest known comfortable.for ourMeal on Meals on WheelsWheels Each day, we provide over 1,000 meals to hungry andProgram. housebound seniors throughout sprawling Ocean County, New Jersey. Last year, we traveled over 340,000 miles delivering meals. To put that in perspective, that’s more than a round trip from New York to Los Angeles every single week!www.csimow.org
5. Socialization and Nutrition “Making Healthy Choices” Staff Nutritionist providing valuable information on how to read food labels Congregate Meal Sites For seniors who are still able to leave the house, yet have difficulty or are unable to prepare their own meals, CSI provides hot nutritious lunches throughout Ocean County at our nine Congregate Meal centers. sevenwww.csimow.org
6. More Than • Information and Assistance • Benefits ScreeningMeals • Medical TransportationIn order for seniors to livehealthy, meaningful lives, you • Volunteer Friendly Visitorhave to meet more than just theirbasic nutritional needs. and Telephone ReassuranceThat’s why CSI provides a wide • Physical Activityrange of social support servicesfrom our two outreach offices • Language Translation andthat keep our seniors active andbusy. These outreach services are Interpretationavailable to all seniors 60 years of • Educationage or older. • Nutrition Counseling We put smiles on • Nutrition Education Seniors’ • Social Recreation faces! www.csimow.org
8. Sandy Changed Everything We had to PREPARE, RESPOND and RECOVERwww.csimow.org
9. PREPARATIONS Saturday, October 27• Gave homebound seniors valuable emergency preparedness information, important contact information and most importantly, reassurance that we would be back.• We delivered extra “ready to eat”, non- perishable meals as a precaution in case we couldn’t get back easily. None of us could anticipate the devastation and hardship that Sandy would be bring.www.csimow.org
10. The Day After Sandy Lands,Tuesday, October 30
12. • Within 24 hours (Tuesday,RESPONSE Oct. 30) we were respondingWe became FIRSTRESPONDERS. • We rallied our “troops”, andEmergency personnel were prepared to get to our seniorsstretched to the limit with theenormity of the storm – both on Wednesday.the amount of the destructionand the geographical area • On Wednesday, October 31impacted. we delivered the last of ourIn many cases we were thefirst and only people our “ready to eat”, non-seniors saw for many days.Our team put aside their own perishable meals, severalpersonal challenges from the days supply, not knowingstorm and made helping ourseniors their top priority. what the future held. www.csimow.org
13. DELIVERING HOT MEALS BY NOVEMBER 1ST!Power outages meant theloss of all our food and theinability to prepare meals.Fortunately we were able tomake arrangements with alocal restaurant and deliveredhot meals within 48 hours ofSandy’s arrival!We basically existed entirelyas a mobile operation. It wascritical that we get to ourseniors who were alsowithout power. We weretheir lifeline and often theironly connection to theoutside world. Concernedfamily members from out ofthe area relied on our visitsas safety and well-beingchecks – bringing peace ofmind to so many people.www.csimow.org
14. As If Sandy Wasn’t Enough… Just a few days later, up to a foot of snow was dumped in our region. We faced: More Power Outages, More Downed Trees, More Blocked Roads, and… MORE COLD AND HUNGRY SENIORSwww.csimow.org
15. The Difference We Made During Sandy A client who is in hospice care with a terminal illness faced power outages, no heat, a tree through his roof and another tree fell on his shed housing his prized Harley Davidson. When asked what our meals and visits meant to him, this was his reply: Two Thumbs Up!www.csimow.org
16. RECOVERYWe suffered significant losses: Long Beach IslandOur kitchen and congregate sitein Long Beach Island destroyedOur congregate site inLavallette destroyedFood lost in both our LongBeach Island andLakewood kitchens$129,000 in extra costs for“ready to eat” emergencymeals and restaurantprepared mealsHad to layoff employees LavalletteEmployees lost their homes andentire contents www.csimow.org
17. Seniors Hurting More Now Throughout this crisis we received no financial donations, no extra personnel…not even a phone call asking if we needed anything. Yet this was nothing compared to what our seniors experienced. They faced inconceivable When we showed up within 48 challenges before Sandy – what hours, Spencer exclaimed: “The they face now is truly Meals on Wheels lady is here. I have heartbreaking. never been so happy!” This is just some of the debris from his home.www.csimow.org
18. We Now Face Enormous Challenges Before Sandy, our budget was stretched. We need to recoup the $129,000 spent on emergency and restaurant meals. And we need to feed more seniors (waiting list now over 200).Funding cuts and the increased cost of goods and services make our situation even more dire. We face a daunting prospect: cutting our services in a time when the need is greatest.www.csimow.org
19. With your help, we willrecover… …and feed more hungry seniors! At Community Services, Inc. we deliver more than meals, we deliver hope.
20. Your Support is Greatly Appreciated!
21. SANDY’S DEVASTATION AND CSI’s RESPONSE SUPER STORM SANDY 10/29/12
22. OUR LAVALLETTE SITE IS JUST NORTH OF THE A&P
23. DOWNTOWN TOMS RIVER, NJ
24. LONG BEACH ISLANDHOME TO ONE OF OUR KITCHENS & CONGREGATE SITE
25. A CSI DRIVER’S VIEW OF GREEN ISLAND IN TOM’S RIVER.
26. MANTOLOKING BRIDGE
27. SEASIDE NJ
28. PILES OF MEMORIES PAST
29. CSI VEHICLES BEING LOADED WITH HOT MEALS AT LA BOVE GRANDE RESTAURANT
30. A HELPING HAND
31. GETTING READY TO DELIVER!
32. 1000 MEALS A DAY!
33. 340,000 MILES A YEAR!
34. “YOUR VISITS BRIGHTEN MY DAY”
35. “…CSI IS MY REASON FOR WAKING UP EACH DAY”
36. “I WAS FRIGHTENED UNTIL CSI SHOWED UP”
37. “I GET TO STAY IN MY HOME”
38. “KEEPS ME HEALTHY”
39. “TWO THUMBS UP”
40. A WELCOME DISTRACTION AFTER SANDY.BRICK NUTRITION SITE AND SENIORCENTER HOLIDAY PARTY.
41. BRICK NUTRITION SITE AND SENIOR CENTER
42. ONE IN SEVEN SENIORS FACE HUNGER IN AMERICA
43. With your help, we willrecover… …and feed more hungry seniors! At Community Services, Inc. we deliver more than meals, we deliver hope.