HOUSTON (April 13, 2017) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) is expanding its Meals on Wheels service to Galveston County.
On Tuesday April 11, Galveston County Commissioners voted unanimously to transfer responsibility for the service from Galveston County Parks and Cultural Services to IM. The new program will be called Meals on Wheels Galveston County and will be staffed by Galveston County employees and volunteers.
Warren Wenner, IM’s Director of Meals on Wheels, said IM has been providing meals to 52 clients in Galveston County through other programs, but this new agreement means IM can provide the full scope of its services to all 302 Meals on Wheels clients in the county, as well as help reduce the waiting list of 200 seniors.
This includes a breakfast meal program for those seniors who are particularly frail and access to other services through IM’s social service department. It would also allow for expansion of IM’s aniMeals on Wheels program in Galveston County, which IM currently operates in partnership with the Galveston Island Humane Society. This program provides dog and cat food to feed senior’s pets.
“We’ve been working closely with Galveston County Parks and Cultural Services for some time,” Warren said. “We expect the transition to be seamless for seniors, providing them with the same meals and drivers they’ve come to depend on.”
Wenner also noted that IM’s extensive volunteer program means IM will be able to establish a strong volunteer network to expand service to the county.
Jennifer Krupa, Programs Manager for Galveston County Parks and Cultural Services, said their staff is looking forward to helping more elderly in need.
“We’ are so excited to be able to expand service to our seniors,” she said. “When you live alone, as so many of our seniors do, it means so much to get daily meal and a visit from a driver. It is often the highlight of our seniors’ day.”
For more information on enrolling a senior in Meals on Wheels Galveston County, or to volunteer, go to www.imgh.org.
ABOUT INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON
A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides three main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year to seniors in Harris and Galveston Counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; and, Interfaith Relations, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths. For more information, visit www.imgh.org.