Eliminating the Three Plagues With Meals on Wheels

April 18, 2014
Denise Hyde

Traceway Retirement Community is an Eden Registry Member in Tupelo, MS. Their employees unite with the larger community to help show their Eden Alternative journey, not just talk about it. Not only do they work to eliminate the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom on their campus, they also reach out to Elders who live in their own homes in the surrounding areas.

The Meals on Wheels Program from Traceway Retirement Community reaches out to over 100 Elders in the Lee County, MS area five days a week. Volunteers are the key source to their mission of “serving our elders in the spirit of Christian love”.  It is not just about the hunger, it is about intervention and human contact. It is hard to believe that so many Elders are totally alone in their own homes, but it is true in all communities.

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that provides a hot noon meal five days a week to elderly shut-ins. These Elders are not able to prepare a meal, shop for food and are on very fixed budgets. We all know nothing is free, so to help provide this free service to Elders, they reach out to the larger community for help.

To help support the Meals on Wheels program, employee care partners contribute regularly to the United Way of Northeast MS. They not only volunteer their time, they also help with fundraisers and give a portion of their pay to help support Meals on Wheels and other worthy non-profit groups. Their contributions help those at Traceway Retirement Community reach out and eliminate the three plagues wherever Elders live.

Traceway Retirement Community was honored at the 2013 Campaign Celebration and Day of Caring at the BancorpSouth Arena on March 21, 2014. Traceway Retirement Community was presented with the Community Spirit Award. This is a well-deserved honor for all they do to enrich the lives of Elders within and outside their community.

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