Volunteers for MorseLife Health System’s 21st annual Homebound Mitzvah Program for the High Holidays have so far plated meals and put together the packages that they will deliver to homebound seniors throughout Palm Beach County.
Morselife is a west Palm Beach -based provider of health care, housing and support services for seniors and their families in Palm Beach County.
Linda Sevich, Morselife’s director for adult day care and community programs, said the mitzvah program averages approximately 400 volunteers each holiday. The volunteers will deliver 2,000 traditional holiday meals to the seniors on Sept. 6. They will also spend quality time with the seniors, many of them who are lonely, as the organization’s hopes for the program are to diminish loneliness felt over the Jewish holidays. The packages the seniors will receive include holiday meals in microwave or oven-safe dishes, a large print prayer book and a DVD of High Holiday services conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, Morselife’s chaplain.
Sevich noted that it’s been “amazing to see” the volunteers plate the meals and soups while also preparing the packages that will be delivered to the seniors.
“We’ve done this program now for 21 years, and people are very faithful. When they come in to volunteer, they don’t just come for an hour. They come in for three, four or five hours, and a lot of the work that is done is them standing on their feet and plating food in the hot kitchen. I never get a complaint from any of them. They’re very dedicated and I think a lot of it has to do with the spirit of wanting to give back.”
Sevich continued, “A lot of the volunteers have had parents or older relatives that have been recipients of some kind of services of Morselife, whether they’ve lived in the nursing home or received homecare or meals, and they want to give back to the community and to people who are less fortunate than they are.”
Barbara Michelson of Boynton Beach, who along with her husband Eric Michelson volunteered to plate food and soup this year, said that both she and her husband get a lot of satisfaction out of helping with this program.
“It’s very gratifying to be able to help. We also normally help in the deliveries, but we’re going to be out of town. That is even more gratifying because you actually get to meet the people who are receiving the food and see how they need it.”
Ramona Mizne of Wellington, who along with her husband Norbert Mizne also volunteered to plate the food, said regarding her volunteer service to the program, “Unfortunately there are so many people, whether they’re Jewish or non-Jewish, that are left by themselves when it comes to their respective holidays, and it’s a sad thing.”
“None of us know if we’re going to get to that point and we don’t want to be left forgotten by people, and that’s why we help do these things.”
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