This fall, HESSCO staff and participants at our Sharon Meal Site were pleased to welcome a visit by Congressman Joe Kennedy III. The Congressman graciously answered questions and then went out on a Meals on Wheels route to deliver meals to some Sharon residents. On Thanksgiving day, HESSCO had the means to deliver 144 bountiful meals to seniors thanks to the generosity of donors, the support of the Nutrition Department at Walpole Public Schools, the selflessness of a handful of exceptional volunteers, as well as the kindness of United Church in Norwood and the students at St. Catherine’s School in Norwood who provided cards and gift bags. HESSCO’s 41st Annual Meeting celebration at Four Points by Sheraton on Thursday, November 29th was the perfect way to close out our November and #30DaysofGratitude. Key note speaker, Pam Garramone’s presentation, “7 Ways to Feel Happier Instantly,” focused on practicing gratitude. Pam’s talk, followed by direct care, staff years of service, the Jean Paul Pride in Performance and community commitment awards made for an incredibly uplifting morning.
HESSCO Summer 2018 Photos
It was a busy, hot summer at HESSCO. On the summer solstice, the staff at HESSCO joined the Alzheimer’s Association in recognizing the “Longest Day” to raise awareness and funds. Several fun activities took place throughout the month in recognition of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Our Foxboro meal site had another very special visit from the some of the New England Patriots wives, members of the Patriots Women’s Association. With 49 beautiful, bright red, Gerbera daisy centerpieces in hand (donated by the Kraft family and the New England Patritos Foundation), the women spent the morning individually signing cards, handing out the centerpieces, serving lunch and socializing with dozens of the residents at Carl Annon Court, many of whom showed up at the Meal Site donning their Pats’ gear and huge smiles, ready to meet some of the players’ wives get their pictures taken.
HESSCO celebrated PRIDE Month with a special “Pizza Party & Movie;” a showing of the documentary film “Reel in the Closet,” by Stu Maddux at the Lake Side Café at the Sharon Adult Center and at the new Meeting House Supper Club in Medfield. And as always, a new season means new and fun crafts from the Craft Ladies in Millis.
HESSCO Spring 2018 Photos
HESSCO kicked off the spring season with yet another successful 5K. Saturday, March 10th was an incredible day all around. The annual 5K coincides with the national March for Meals campaign which mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build support through public events, partnerships, volunteer recruitment and fundraising. As part of the campaign, elected officials and other public figures are invited to be “Community Champions” to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. The start of spring also brings with it Volunteer Appreciation Month. We are so very fortunate to have such an exceptional group of volunteers who are the backbone of many programs in our organization. We enjoyed celebrating them at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 18th with milestone service awards, door prizes, entertainment and our annual volunteer video/slide show presentation. Thanks goes out to Project 351 for selecting HESSCO again this year as a recipient of one of their service projects. The hard work of the 351 8th grade ambassadors provided 200 seniors with a bag full of fresh fruit and vegetables, and another 200 home delivered meals consumers with “care and compassion” bags which included personal care items and hand written notes. The gifts brought many smiles to hundreds of grateful seniors.
HESSCO 2017 Annual Meeting Photos
HESSCO’s 2017 Annual Meeting was another festive celebration of the direct care workers who go above and beyond the call of duty, the staff who were recognized for their years with the agency, and the Community Partners who support our mission. The Annual Meeting held true to form by sharing this year’s collection of warm, personal stories of the care and commitment demonstrated by the homemakers and home health aides who provide the direct care in the homes of our consumers. It was a little extra special this year, however, as 2017 marks HESSCO’s 40th year of providing Care, Support and Solutions to elders, individuals living with a disability and their caregivers in South Norfolk County. Congratulations to all the award recipients and to everyone at HESSCO on this key milestone!
HESSCO Summer 2017 Photos
The start of the summer has been a busy one. On the summer solstice, the staff at HESSCO joined the Alzheimer’s Association in recognizing the “Longest Day” to raise awareness and funds. The duration of “The Longest Day” symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease. For each donation collected, an environmentally friendly balloon was released as a visualization of our support for those affected. We were fortunate to have partnered with Dr. Bill Thomas and his nationally recognized ChangingAging Tour for their stop in Foxboro on June 15th. LGBT PRIDE month was celebrated with a pizza party and viewing of Gen Silent at the monthly Lakeside Cafe at the Sharon Adult Center. Summer BBQ’s have already begun at many of the Councils on Aging. Enjoy some of our favorite photos from these recent events and check back later for more additions!
HESSCO Spring 2017 Photos
HESSCO kicked off the spring season on Saturday, March 18th with yet another successful 5K. The annual 5K coincides with the national March for Meals campaign which mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build support through public events, partnerships, volunteer recruitment and fundraising. As part of the campaign, elected officials and other public figures are invited to be “Community Champions” to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. Thank you to our 2017 Community Champions: Representative Louis Kafka, Representative Jay Barrows, Representative Bill Galvin, Walpole Recreation Department Director Patrick Shields, Walpole COA Director Kerri McManama, Senator Jim Timilty and Senator Richard Ross. For many seniors, home delivered meals are the difference needed to maintain their dignity and independence at home. Volunteer drivers not only provide a nutritious meal, but an important safety check as well as a friendly visit. The start of spring also brings with it Volunteer Appreciation Month. We are so very fortunate to have such an exceptional group of volunteers who are the
backbone of many programs in our organization.
HESSCO 2016 Annual Meeting Photos
HESSCO’s 39th Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 20th at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. It was a lovely morning celebrating dedicated staff and partner agencies. Keynote speaker, Valerie Spain, Life Reimagined Program Director, AARP MA, inspired her audience as she provided a framework to help them “Reimagine” their life.
The following HESSCO staff members received recognition awards for their years of service: (5 Years) Jessica Cook, Carol Hopkins, Laurie Kenyon, Kathy Mandravelis (10 Years) Tricia Collins, Pat Gavin, Linda Lembo, Marcia Simonds (15 Years) Rose Norton, Nancy Smith (20 Years) Judy Rice. The following individuals were awarded for their outstanding service as a Homemaker/HHA/PC: Sabrina Teixeira, Home Instead Senior Care; Marie Deroulus, Associated Home Care; Sarah Beausoleil, Active Home Care; Aji Foatou Ndure, Bayada; Rose Henry, Right at Home; Bonnie Clark, Best of Care; Jean Samayoa, Active Home Care; Doris Petot-Frere, Greater Boston Home Health; Tatiana Guilhenne, Anodyne. Casey Novacek, Social Worker, Norwood Hospital Gero-Psych Unit, won the Individual Community Commitment Award, and Gloria Davila and her company Perfectly Balanced Life won the Agency Community Commitment Award. There were two winners of the prestigious Jean Paul Pride In Performance Award this year. HESSCO Nurse Lainie Dodge and Case Manager Judith Woods shared this honor. Congratulations to all of the award recipients! We could not deliver the level of service we so proudly provide our consumers without your commitment and pride in your work. Thank you all for another successful year.
Fall is in the air at HESSCO. We kicked off the season on September 22nd with our 12th Annual Fall Conference “Age Well with HESSCO,” and the celebration continued at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Celebration at the Four Points Sheraton on October 4th. Enjoy some of our favorite photos from these recent events.
HESSCO Summer 2016 Photos
Summer has officially arrived. The summer solstice has come and gone, and staff at HESSCO honored “The Longest Day” by taking the Purple Pledge to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. The duration of “The Longest Day” symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease. Summertime BBQs have already begun at some of our meal sites. In collaboration with the Councils on Aging, BBQs will be held throughout the summer months at many of our meal sites. We are also looking forward to the return of Senior Suppers in Foxboro and the introduction of Senior Suppers in Canton. Visit the HESSCO on-line calendar of events
for dates and additional details. Enjoy some of our favorite photos from these recent events and check back later for more additions!
HESSCO Spring 2016 Photos
It’s been a busy Spring here at HESSCO. We kicked off the spring season with our 5th Annual MM5K which coincided with the March for Meals campaign; several “Community Champions” joined our staff and volunteers delivering meals to our consumers throughout the 12 towns in our service area. In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, a group of volunteers from Foxboro attended the Sturdy Hospital Volunteer Recognition Day at the Attleboro Elks. Also in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, some “sweet” care packages were delivered to our volunteers at meals sites and in-house meetings throughout the month. HESSCO staff joined the Norwood Junior Women’s Club and Norwood League of Women’s Voters for their “Family Volunteer Fair and Non-Profit Showcase” at Norwood High School. Families were invited to design and decorate placemats to provide a cheerful backdrop to our seniors’ noon-time meals. The Crafty Ladies
, a group of dedicated volunteers in Millis, made some lovely spring crafts that were delivered to our home delivered meals consumers last month. In conjunction with the Sharon Council on Aging, HESSCO hosted the Spring LGBT Tea Dance with over 60 participants attending – a wonderful time was had by all. In May, HESSCO received donations of fresh food bags through a partnership with Project 351, as well as a donation of fresh flowers from New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.