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4 | April 12, 2018 | The Homer Horizon Homer glen Evergreen Senior Living offers lovely assisted living options and unmatched memory support. Visit our community of care, where friendships flourish and families find peace of mind. Featuring: Metro Star Orchestra Interactive Variety Music and Comedy April 18 5:30–7:30 PM Appetizers from 5:30-7:30 PM Entertainment begins at 6:30 PM RSVP’S appreciated! Call (708) 479-1082 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Evergreen Senior Living Orland Park would like to invite you to a night filled with music and dancing! This special event will feature music from Metro Star Orchestra with interactive variety music and comedy. Join us for appetizers, refreshments, dancing and fun! You will also have an opportunity to learn more about In Home Medical Group, provider of exceptional care at Evergreen Senior Living Orland Park! 10820 183rd Street, Orland Park, IL Buying or selling in Homer Glen? We know Homer Glen. 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Monday through Friday, the volunteers are given a route where they deliver the meals for about an hour around lunch time. “We’re constantly in need of volunteers,” nutrition director for KCCSI Meals on Wheels of Will County Julie Carco said. Wagner said they used to get volunteers by the dozen, but that they currently only have 10. She said it would be nice to have at least 15 or 16 to use as substitutes in case someone who normally delivers is unavailable. Currently, when someone can’t deliver their route, Wagner has to fill-in for them. Most of the volunteers are over 50 and retired. However, as they get older, it becomes too much for them, so they stop delivering. About three years ago, a regulation was implemented where volunteers are required to go to an hour-and-a-half orientation, where they learn basic sanitation rules when delivering the food. According to Wagner, that turned people away. “These are vulnerable seniors that we deliver to, so we do put [the volunteers] through an orientation,” Carco said. “The orientation covers safe food handling and the dos and the don’ts.” Carco works out of the Joliet location at 2455 Glenwood Ave., Suite 207, where volunteers there also deliver to residents in Homer Glen. The clients in Homer receive a box of frozen meals every Thursday that are enough to last them for a week. In order to receive the daily meals, clients must qualify for the program. They must be over the age of 60 and have some sort of illness or disability that would prevent them from making their own nutritious meal, or be living on their own. Qualifications don’t take into consideration income or location — they just have to be living within Will County. The program is donationbased, and each month, the client receives a donation statement that includes how many meals they received and how much each one costs, which averages about $3.50. The senior can opt out of donating or choose to do so; however, they won’t be denied services if they do not want to pay. On average, Meals on Wheels receives $1.88 per meal from donations, according to Carco. All of the meals get pre-approved by a dietician to make sure they meet the guidelines for those 55 and over, which include a meal that is low in sodium, calories and fat. The volunteers who deliver the meals must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance, aside from completing the introductory orientation. There isn’t an age limit as to who can volunteer; however, children are welcome to help out their parents. Starting Oct. 1, volunteers will be required to go through a background check. “If it was my grandmother or grandfather, I would want to know that when I’m at work there are safe people delivering meals to them,” Carco said. Volunteers also do a visual well-being check that simply requires them to see how the client is doing and if the house looks disruptive or not. It is up to the volunteer where they would like to volunteer, with many choosing to do so in their own communities. Those who would like to volunteer can call the central office in Joliet at (815) 726-0094, ext. 324 or call Wagner directly at (815) 838-5885. “We need [volunteers] as soon as we can; they’re welcome,” Wagner said. “We’d like them to volunteer, if they could.” Visit us online at Your Dreams Shouldn’t Wait 708.301.5900 We promise proactive solutionsto meet yourneedsand exceed yourgoals. Busey promises to partner with you to help you manage your growing business. 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