Doorbell Dinners Program Starts 45th Year
What would you do if you are ill and your physician prescribes a diet you cannot prepare for yourself? If you live in Jacksonville, you may qualify for Doorbell Dinners. |
Passavant Area Hospital, Prairie Council on Aging, and Church Women United continue their effort to mark 45 years of preparing, providing, and delivering meals to local recipients unable to prepare meals for themselves. Over 14,000 deliveries were made during the past year to people in this situation.
Passavant hosted the annual organizational meeting August 23where representatives from the Jacksonville churches met to coordinate the efforts for the new year.
Jan Fellhauer, Passavant’s Director of Volunteers, best describes the Doorbell Dinner Program as a joint mission. “The Prairie Council on Aging screens applicants for dietary needs, as well as provides accounting and referral services; Passavant prepares a warm meal at noon, a sack lunch for evening, and coordinates five delivery routes; and Church Women United and volunteers from the Jacksonville churches deliver the meals. Working together they make Doorbell Dinners the success it is,” said Jan.
Photo caption: back row, left to right: Jan Fellhauer (Director of Volunteers, Passavant Hospital), Katie Jackson (Dietary Clerk, Passavant Hospital), Carolyn Clayton (Director of Clinical Dietetics, Passavant Hospital), Adah Mitchell (Trinity Episcopal), Renee Leifheit (Faith Lutheran), Rita Tendick (Salem Lutheran), Nancy Thorsen (Executive Director, Prairie Council on Aging), Peggy Fernandes (Grace United Methodist), Sis Goben (First Baptist), Kay Welsh (First Christian), and Shirley Hicks (Our Redeemer Lutheran). Front row, left to right: Pat Baptist (Centenary United Methodist), Wanda Sorrill (Centenary United Methodist), Dorothy Rueff (Congregational UCC), Pat Schneider (Administrative Assistant, Prairie Council on Aging), Kaye Coop (Our Saviour’s), Dorothy Brooks (Volunteer Coordinator, Church Women United), and Anna Belle Blue (Mt. Emory Baptist Church and Bethel AME).
Doorbell Dinner Coordinators not pictured include: Sandra Pekarek (Central Christian), Jeanne Cors (Central Christian), Ruth Verhoff (First Presbyterian), Linda Drake (Latter Day Saints), Jamie Cox (Life Church), Carol Smith, (Lincoln Avenue Baptist), Patty Fitzpatrick (Our Saviour’s) and Linda Reining (Wesley Chapel).