The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is supporting the City of Detroit and its Warming Centers in an effort to provide meals and comfort to local citizens who are either homeless, temporarily displaced, or needing assistance during the frigid cold weather.
According to Ronald S. Taylor, President & CEO, DAAA, daily meals to seniors in homebound and congregate settings are being delivered as scheduled. “Our primary concern is the health, safety and welfare of those who receive meals and care management services from our agency. With such cold weather, we have to do even more. We are rallying support from our providers to partner with the City of Detroit in providing meals to warming centers, as well as transportation to those sites.”
DAAA’s Mobility Manager, Rick Spivey, holds a Chauffeur’s license and has volunteered to drive, if needed. “Some of our providers may have vans to provide, but they may be short of drivers. I can help, and I’m prepared to serve, no matter what the hours.”
Two transportation providers have stepped up to help individuals who would not otherwise be able to get to a warming center – especially between 6:00 p.m. and midnight, Wednesday and Thursday, January 30-31.
1. Regency Transportation is donating a 15-passenger van to help transport individuals to warming centers
2. Bright Transportation is donating a van, driver, and additional back-up support as required
Valley Food Services, the major provider of DAAA’s meals, has supplied meals for today and tomorrow (Jan. 30-31) to two warming centers requesting meals – 100 meals to Lake Ridge Village, on Fairfield in Detroit, and 50 meals to Mt. Calvary MBC on Iroquois in Detroit.
According to Gilbert Lopez, DAAA’s Director of Nutrition Services, DAAA food service continues at a number of recreation and senior centers that provide community meals. He adds, “Our agency and our providers stand ready to provide additional meals to warming centers as needed.”