BY SYDNI ELLIS PHOTO BY DAVID THOMPSON
Every meal served by Meals on Wheels Senior Services (MOWSS) of Rockwall County is delivered with a smile, a friendly chat, and an invite to call anytime. MOWSS is a nonprofit organization aiming to feed the seniors and disabled citizens in Rockwall County. For over 43 years, MOWSS continues to care for our seniors and assist them with additional needs.
“Our mission is to keep the elderly and disabled citizens of Rockwall County living in their homes as long as safely possible by providing nutritious meals, daily human contact, and supportive services,” said Maureen Cook, development director for Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County. “By providing meals, daily human contact and safety checks, as well as supportive services, we are helping them live independently with dignity.”
Often, Meals on Wheels is the first place a senior in Rockwall County will call when they need help. In addition to providing meals, MOWSS offers many additional services and programs, such as Allan’s Companions, Ani-meals, Meals While you Heal, Ombudsman Advocacy, information and referral, Toyota of Rockwall Doctor Rides, Magic of Reading, Weekend Warrior Meals, caregiving information, and senior emergency management.
Despite the the pandemic’s challenges, more seniors have been served over the last 18 months. “The demand for our service has increased 38 percent during the pandemic,” said Cook. “We are on pace to serve 90,000-95,000 meals this year. We are so grateful for the 120 volunteers delivering the weekday meals as they provide an invaluable social experience for isolated clients and the opportunity for early intervention in life-threatening situations.”
Because of the exponential growth of seniors needing crucial services, MOWSS of Rockwall County is also seeking donations. The organization is hosting a Smooth Sailing Gala on October 22 at the Hilton Rockwall. This nautical-themed evening will be a night to remember as guests enjoy a plated dinner, silent and live auction, local entertainment, dancing, and much more.
“The proceeds from this event are crucial because of the increase in the cost of meals,” said Cook. “We want to continue to keep our seniors in ship-shape. All proceeds from fundraising events go directly to nutrition and food costs because that is our first and primary goal — feeding seniors.”
Learn more about this event and buy tickets at bidpal.net/sailing21.
Thank you, Meals on Wheels, for the delicious meals. Nowadays it is so difficult for me to shop, prepare meals, and drive because of my disabilities and poor eyesight. You are a true lifesaver!”
P.O. Box 910
Rockwall, Texas 75087
4398 State Highway 276
Rockwall, Texas 75032