Kate Turner is a Program Specialist and MMAP Counselor at Calhoun County Senior Services. Kate graduated from Northern Michigan University and earned a degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Nutrition. She now helps connect seniors to the resources they need, and she’s been in this position for a year and a half.
Due to the pandemic, Kate’s office has been closed to the public, so she has dedicated her time to volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program.
A Culture of Vitality
Kate first volunteered with Meals on Wheels through her job and quickly fell in love with the program. The Meals on Wheels program at Senior Services Southwest Michigan is a non-profit, volunteer-based service that has been delivering nutritious meals to vulnerable adults since 1960, enabling them to maintain their independence and continue to live in their own homes.
“Meals on wheels, yes, it’s giving seniors a nutritional meal to make sure they’re getting something healthy to eat but it’s also checking in on them to see how they’re doing,” Kate said.
Although volunteering during this time can be risky, Kate felt that as a young, healthy person, it was important for her to step up. She has volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program every single day during the pandemic. She takes precaution to protect the clients by wearing a mask and gloves and making sure she sanitizes in between drop offs. In addition to helping the community, Kate says volunteering has been a great way to get out of the house!
Keeping the Momentum Going
Kate will continue to work with seniors through her job and by volunteering to help them get the resources they need. She has even helped recruit new volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program.
Kate explained that almost half of the funding for the meals program comes from local Senior Millage dollars, and she noted that the Senior Millage will be up for renewal on August 4, 2020.
The Best Part
Kate is very passionate about helping the elderly, and it shows in everything she does. Those that work with Kate say she is “very reliable, outgoing, and amazingly helpful.”
Kate considers herself very lucky to still have three living grandparents at her age. They’ve all had a great impact on her life. She says the best part of her job is getting to know other people’s grandparents, and she finds comfort working with them. “I just really enjoy seniors and I like hearing their stories,” Kate said.
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