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PVI Meals on Wheels joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Subaru Share the Love Event® helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to

San Mateo County’s seniors

Menlo Park, CA  December 5, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the ninth year running. From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity.

By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors right here in San Mateo County.

“In fiscal year 2016 Subaru Share the Love Event supported the delivery of over 75,000 home delivered meals to older adults who cannot shop or cook for themselves,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director PVI Nutrition Services.

Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like PVI Meals on Wheels, will receive a share of the revenue raised by Subaru in their state. PVI Meals on Wheels has partnered with Putnam Subaru in Burlingame to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event.

“It is a true testament to the value of Meals on Wheels and the strength of our nationwide network that Subaru of America and its customers choose to give back to this vital service year after year,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since its inception, Share the Love has helped deliver more than 1.4 million meals to seniors served by Meals on Wheels. It is our hope that this year’s event ensures that even more seniors receive the nourishment they need to continue living independently at home.”

This year, for the first time throughout the life of the program, there will be no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.

“We at Subaru are thrilled to support our national and hometown charity partners for the ninth consecutive year,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. “Through the Share the Love platform we are proud to continue our commitment to the causes our customers care about most and look forward to exceeding a grand total of $90 million donated through this initiative.”

For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

About PVI

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

Fabulous Shopping Experience Returns at Peninsula Volunteers Baubles, Bangles and Bags

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Event is Fundraiser for Menlo Park Non-Profit Dedicated to Providing Quality Senior Services

MENLO PARK, CA – Sept. 19, 2016 – - The eighth annual Baubles Bangles and Bags arrives at the Menlo Circus Club on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Peninsula Volunteers’ signature silent auction is always a shopping paradise with vintage, designer and specialty handbags and baubles, as well as themed gift baskets, mystery boxes, and four special Christmas trees.   There will be some very special handbags available for purchase, including a Judith Leiber Carousel bag donated by Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey of San Francisco, and a very unique Hermes Vibrato Kelly bag.   Other in-demand labels include Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, and Stella McCartney.

The day consists of silent auction, champagne and specialty cheeses, seated luncheon and special speakers, including:

Christopher Tattanelli is a member of a four generation Italian family business, Il Fiorentino, that produces high end leather goods for five leading international brands,.  Christopher will enthrall attendees with insider information on how to identify a well made handbag and what “Made in Italy” truly means.

Ashley McCumber, Executive Director and CEO of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and Chair of the Board of Meals on Wheels America, will be a special guest and will share information about the trends in senior hunger.

Chaired by Mrs. Gidu Shroff of Atherton, the event co-chairs include: Mrs. Gary Carville of Los Altos, Mrs. John Grillos of Sonoma, Mrs. John Jerrehian of Los Altos Hills, Mrs. Bob Sturm of Rocklin, and Mrs. Jim Woodson of Atherton.

Tickets are $175 and are available by calling Cathy Duhring at 650-272-5001.

About PVI – For almost 70 years, PVI has provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectance lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. PVI provides innovative services including affordable senior housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.

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Peter Olson Appointed CEO for Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. (PVI), a non-profit organization serving older adults on the mid-Peninsula, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Olson as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Serving as PVI’s Director of Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, since 2010, Peter is ideally suited to provide leadership for PVI as it enters into its next chapter of expanding services and evolving to meet the needs of today’s seniors.

As CEO Peter will oversee Peninsula Volunteers‘ four major programs:
1) Meals on Wheels providing over 78,000 hot, nutritious meals yearly to home-bound older adults in San Mateo County;  2) Rosener House , Adult Day Services providing a therapeutic activity program for over 150 clients and respite care for 400+ family caregivers; 3) Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, providing an extensive array of services centered on health, wellness, and social interaction to over 3,500 community members annually; 4) Senior Housing in Menlo Park currently providing 82% of the affordable housing for community seniors;.

“I am excited to lead Peninsula Volunteers into its eighth decade,” said Peter Olson, CEO of PVI.  “Since opening its doors in 1947, PVI has been providing quality, innovative services and housing for the aging adults in Menlo Park and beyond, and it thrills me to carry this legacy forward.”

“We are delighted that Peter Olson has agreed to accept the role of CEO and lead Peninsula Volunteers in addressing the ever evolving needs of our growing senior population,” said Susan Sweeney, outgoing Board Chair of PVI.  “His excellent nonprofit leadership skills, his enthusiasm and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, and his vision and breadth of understanding of our senior community and the opportunities ahead for PVI make Peter the perfect leader in moving the organization forward in its expanding community role.”

In addition to his experiences at PVI, Peter has over 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, specifically older adults, individuals with special needs, and children. Peter’s professional experience includes the Director, Public Affairs and Communications for Easter Seals Bay Area and the Health and Wellness Director at the Easter Seals Timpany Center in San Jose. A graduate of San Jose State University, Peter enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle of the San Francisco Peninsula, spending time fishing, backpacking, cycling and is dedicated to spending time with his daughter.

Started by a group of forward thinking community leaders in 1947, PVI is a pioneer in providing high quality programs for Peninsula seniors, enabling them to maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  During the last year the PVI board and staff have been working with community leaders to align the services of Little House more closely to the needs of a changing senior population.

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About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is a pioneer serving older adults. Through its programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, – more than $5 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 150,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound.  Peninsula Volunteers Properties (PVP) provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park.

FACEBOOK LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS PVI MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM $2,500

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Safety-Net Service Will Benefit Menlo Park-Belle Haven and East Palo Alto Seniors

June 30, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA Peninsula Volunteers is pleased to continue its collaborative efforts with Facebook to assist seniors in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, in this case seniors who are not able to cook or shop for themselves and wish to remain in their own homes.  PVI Meals on Wheels will increase food security and increase access to nutritious food by delivering hot, nutritious meals to program participants 252 days per year, with additional meals provided for holidays and weekends.  The program will increase the Menlo Park-Bell Haven and East Palo Alto seniors’ knowledge and literacy about nutrition through bi-monthly nutrition education to meal participants on topics related to healthy diet and its impact on health.   Additionally, participants will receive a daily safety and wellness check during the meal delivery.  Staff and volunteer delivery personnel are trained to be alert to changing or immediate critical safety needs, increasing the quality of life for these older adults.

Meals on Wheels makes it possible for older residents to remain in their own homes for as long as it is safely possible, even when they need some assistance to do so.  PVI Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals to residents of south San Mateo County since 1978, and recently has expanded service to include central county as far north as San Bruno.  PVI Meals on Wheels is partly funded through San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services with funds from the Older Americans Act.  Fundraising and grants such as the Facebook Local Community Fund Grant are needed to help subsidize over half of the program’s expenses.   Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is grateful to Facebook and the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for making this grant possible.

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

 

PVI World: Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Volunteering is an important aspect of many people’s lives. It is good for your mind, can help you feel more fulfilled, connect you to others, and give you a sense of purpose. Overall, it gives people a good feeling that they can only receive by helping someone else.

 

PVI could not function without our volunteers. They are an active part of all our programs, from the lunch servers at Little House to senior companions at Rosener House to packers and drivers for Meals on Wheels. As our programs grow to serve more seniors we always need additional help. Meals on Wheels is doubling their service area, with 100 more meals being delivered each day. With 1 in 7 seniors struggling with hunger, this expansion lets us reach a whole new group of seniors. Our program is able to deliver hot meals to seniors who live alone and are not able to shop or cook because of illnesses, disabilities, etc. We deliver in San Mateo County from San Bruno to East Palo Alto.

 

 

How can you help?

We are in need of more drivers for each weekday to provide hot meals to a growing group of seniors. We require volunteers to be available between 9:30 AM to 12 PM and to use their own vehicle and gasoline. If you are interested in volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver or have any questions, please contact Victoria Cormack at vcormack@peninsulavolunteers.org or 650-326-0665 ext. 5108

 

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Sequoia Healthcare District Awards Grants to Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Funding Will Improve Health of Community Seniors

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

June 28, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA  At a luncheon presentation for awardees on June 23, 2016, Sequoia Healthcare District renewed its commitment to the health and welfare of residents of the District by giving Caring Community Grants to 41 organizations, including two programs of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.(PVI)—Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services.  

Meals on Wheels was awarded $100,000 to assist District residents who are not able to cook and shop for themselves by delivering a hot, nutritious meal every day.  Currently, PVI Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,700 meals weekly to San Mateo County residents.   The Meals on Wheels delivery team are trained to do wellness checks on participants while delivering meals, a vital component of the program.   

Rosener House Adult Day Services was awarded $75,000 to help families in the District access the day program which promotes health, independence, and dignity for older adults with limitations and chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s disease, preventing hospitalizations and premature institutionalization.  Family caregivers are provided much-needed respite from their constant responsibilities plus support services.  All PVI programs are designed to help residents age in place.  

The Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to returning to the community 100% of property tax revenue in health-related programs and services.  Its mission is to improve the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness.  In total, District grants and programs directly benefit at least 50,000 residents per year, or about one out of every 4.5 residents.  The District is mindful of the health needs of all residents focusing primarily on vulnerable populations with special attention directed to dental, mental health, the elderly and the young child. 

Contact:  Peter Olson, CEO Phone:  650-326-0665 X 5010 polson@peninsulavolunteers.org www.penvol.org

www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. 

Seniors Now Able to Grab a Lyft: Non-profit, Health Care District Offers Discount Rides to Little House Members

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Transportation is a hot-button topic for nearly everyone commuting in the Bay Area. But one local nonprofit and special district are starting to use the increasingly popular ride sharing economy for a somewhat unlikely demographic — seniors. Peninsula Volunteers and the Sequoia Healthcare District have teamed up with Lyft to help able-bodied seniors avoid isolation by offering discounted rides to those visiting local senior centers.

Currently a small pilot program, the nonprofit connects older adults who are no longer driving with rides to the Little House senior center in Menlo Park. Seniors pay just $4 per Lyft, while the health care district picks up the remainder, said Peter Olson, interim executive director of Peninsula Volunteers, and health care district CEO Lee Michelson.

“One of the things that’s a constant discussion for older adults and people who serve them is transportation. It always comes up as a major concern. Especially for people who stop driving. They often become socially isolated and it’s not always convenient for them to use public transportation and taxis can be expensive. So we’re looking for more options,” Michelson said.

Just a month into the program, there are about 15 to 19 regular users who’ve reported positive experiences. Users call Little House staff, who arrange a Lyft that usually arrives in about 10 minutes and averages about $10 per ride, Michelson and Olson said. Staff is able to track their status, update users if there’s a delay and help retain members who stopped visiting the center after no longer being able to drive, Olson said.

Thus far, it has cost the district about $100 and depending on how the pilot goes this summer, they may consider expanding it to help seniors get to medical appointments, according to organizers.

There are several transit options for seniors such as public transportation, calling a cab or arranging a ride with SamTrans’ Redi-Wheels shuttle. This program is just another possibility that both Olson and Michelson noted is only available to able-bodied seniors who don’t need significant help getting into a car and can afford the $8 round trip.

“Transportation is an issue everybody’s facing and it’s no surprise. And there’s some great opportunities out there, but we were just looking for something a little different. There are all these ride shares, Uber and Lyft programs, that are growing in popularity. So why not take advantage of that? And for us, it seemed to be the most cost-efficient and it gives the user the most independence,” Olson said.

Both noted Redi-Wheels can be a great, very low-cost option, but it often requires advanced planning and the commute may be long as shuttles transporting several riders make multiple stops. Peninsula Volunteers decided to go with Lyft after hearing about a program the pink mustache brand was running in New York. The company had tried a “concierge” program that focused on seniors getting to hospitals or doctors appointments. The company has showed an interest in being a resource for seniors, Olson and Michelson said.

“We are proud to bring seniors, many of whom have regular medical appointments and limited transportation options, reliable and welcoming rides,” a Lyft spokesman said in an email.

Participants pay the nonprofit directly at the time of service and Lyft sends Peninsula Volunteers a monthly bill. The health care district makes up for the difference in cost. The program is targeted toward Little House members who stopped visiting after they ceased driving or didn’t have reliable transportation, Michelson said.

“It’s in line with what we’re trying to do, which is keep folks healthy, keep them active, keep them socially connected. Because we know socially connected people do better from a health perspective and we’re willing to put in some money at this point,” Michelson said.

But at least one member of the health care district’s Board of Directors said he’s concerned about the program that may be spending taxpayer funds outside district boundaries.

“I believe a lot of people that do go to Little House come from areas that are not in the district,” said district Director Jack Hickey, a taxpayer advocate who added the senior center should ask the cities it serves and county to pitch in. “That would be the reasonable way to go about it. There’s plenty of sources for funding and it’s not appropriate for the district, which has specific geographical boundaries that don’t support lending to agencies like this.”

Little House is technically within the boundaries of the health care district, which covers about 11 zip codes from Portola Valley and Menlo Park to Belmont and parts of San Mateo. The pilot was also expanded to the San Carlos Adult Community Center with Little House staff operating calls for those seniors as well. After testing the pilot this summer, Michelson said the district’s board will be presented with a report and a possible proposal to expand it as a convenient way for seniors to get to a doctor’s appointment.

“This is a direct to and from route and it’s on demand and so in my mind, that is as close to having your own car right now as we can get,” Olson said. “I think it’s a great alternative, it’s innovative and it’s just a different approach.”

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PVI “Meals on Wheels” Receives “Subaru Share The Love” Grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Subaru’s “Share The Love” sales event helping to drive away senior hunger

 

Menlo Park, CA —March 28, 2016 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) “Meals on Wheels” program is proud to announce it has been awarded a significant grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) for its participation in the Subaru “Share the Love” sales event with local dealership, Putnam Subaru of Burlingame.

 

Subaru of America donated $250 for every new vehicle sold/leased from November 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016 to the customer’s choice of one of four charities, including MOWA. With Subaru of America’s support, MOWA will award $200,000 in “Share the Love” grants to local Meals On Wheels programs that partner with local Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Al Vasquez, General Manager, Putnam Subaru, said “We are proud to engage in this community initiative supporting the staff and volunteers who deliver meals for the Meals on Wheels program in San Mateo County.”

 

“There are over 1 million seniors facing hunger in California; over 16,000 seniors are food insecure/hungry in San Mateo County,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director PVI Meals on Wheels. “Hunger has a staggering impact on seniors’ health, emotions, and overall quality of life.  For so many of our homebound seniors, our hot nutritious meals are their only meal of the day!” PVI Meals on Wheels program will use the funds from Subaru to assist the delivery of weekend meals for the most vulnerable older adults.

 

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives. As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley:  Senior Affordable Housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. Delivering more than $8 million in services annually to 4,500 households, including 1500 weekly hot meals to seniors and the homebound, PVI focuses on senior independence and aging with dignity.  www.peninsulavolunteers.org

 

About Meals On Wheels America

The Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need.  MOWA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020.  The PVI Meals on Wheels program, celebrates 38 years of service this year, serves 12 cities, towns and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, with approximately 400 meals prepared, packed and delivered to clients each day.

 

PVI Meals On Wheels Celebrates 2016 March For Meals

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Support will help to fight senior isolation and hunger in San mateo County

Menlo Park, CA (March 9, 2016) – PVI Meals on Wheels announced today that it will be participating in the 14th Annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration for national and local Meals on Wheels programs, serving homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on this vital nutrition safety net service. PVI Meals on Wheels’ March for Meals, serving San Mateo County, celebration will begin with a breakfast on March 23, 2016, followed by meal delivery by dignitaries and community leaders:  Mayors and Council members from the cities and towns served by PVI Meals on Wheels will personally deliver meals to demonstrate their support for our community’s older adults in-need.

“We are proud to have our Community Champions – mayors, councilmembers, supervisors, and funders get hands-on experience with this most vital human service.  National studies show that senior hunger is a major health hazard.  There is no need more basic than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone, our most vulnerable population, face the threat of hunger.” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels. “Raising awareness and charitable funding, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the funding gap for the nonprofits that operate local Meals on Wheels programs.   San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, said, “PVI Meals on Wheels provides a critical service for food insecure seniors –  our fathers, grandmothers – people that built the communities we live in today. I support this event annually, and hope that each person who has a senior in their families will support PVI Meals on Wheels as well.  Click here to donate to PVI Meals on Wheels.

“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger, and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

About PVI

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services and housing to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley.  High quality and nurturing programs engaging seniors so they are cared for and respected as vital community members is critical to PVI’s mission. Focusing on an active mind and body, experienced in a social environment, allows aging adults to embrace the symptoms of aging with health and a sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency; improving their quality of life.

Through four programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, Senior Affordable Housing and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, more than $8 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 130,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound.   www.peninsulavolunteers.org.

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors San Mateo County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

 

Rosener House Adult Day Services Hosts 4th Annual Roos-Kates Awards for Caregiving

Monday, March 14th, 2016

 

Representatives of the Roos-Kates family, Peninsula Volunteers staff, Board members, Rosener House Committee members and friends came together to celebrate the fourth annual Roos-Kates Awards on February 23, 2016. 

Mrs. Patricia Roos Kates established an endowment to recognize the special efforts of two special individuals engaged in direct care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Since 2012, the endowment has allowed this reward to be given to Rosener House staff members.  Mrs. Kates recognized that people with Alzheimer’s disease require special care, and the health care professionals working with them were not often recognized for their dedicated and often challenging work.

The awardees are chosen by voting among the Rosener House staff who are all in a position to know who is making such a positive impact, and the award is all the more meaningful as the selection is made by one’s peers. 

This year’s award recipients are Augusto Manalang, Certified Nursing Assistant and Jette Knudsen, Activity Leader. 

·         Augusto Manalang found his calling as a Certified Nursing Assistant and has been in the field for many years, after deciding on a career to help people.  Augusto has been at Rosener House less than one year, but has had a very large impact on the program.  His patience and willingness to do whatever needs to be done is most appreciated by participants and co-workers alike.  Augusto is dependable, independent, and exceptional in his quality and quantity of work.  He quickly and quietly carries out his duties, and then looks for more ways to help everyone.  His warm and friendly personality make him very approachable.  Congratulations to August Manalang on the Arthur J. Kates Award for Patient Caring Care for 2016.

·         Jette Knudsen has worked as an Activity Leader at Rosener House for 15 years.  Jette is Danish, and she has the Danish sensibility for artistic design.  She helps to make Rosener House attractive with her special displays for holidays.  Jette’s friendliness and sincere regard for each participant is evident in her transactions with participants, and she treats everyone with kindness and respect.  Jette is especially perceptive in knowing when a participant may need a little extra attention and reassurance.  She is supportive of her co-workers and a true joy to work with.  Congratulations to Jette Knudsen on the Irene and George Roos Award for Patient Caring Care for 2016.