FRANKLIN – The St. Mary Council on Getting old delivered practically double its normal variety of meals in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Principal Beverly Domengeaux delivered the COA’s annual report back to St. Mary’s Parish Council on Wednesday, saying the necessity for organization-provided meals to parish elders has elevated, however the company can nonetheless deal with the feat in largely because of the assist of the group.
Domengeaux stated the COA delivered 50,897 sizzling meals through the fiscal 12 months, in addition to 6,215 weekend and vacation meals that have been added because of demand.
“That is virtually double what the contract says,” Domengeaux stated.
Fundraising efforts through the 12 months have been extremely profitable because of the assist of residents and municipalities, he stated.
“We nonetheless have a ready listing,” Domengeaux added. “I want extra drivers. We encourage older individuals to remain residence. “
The St. Mary COA made 231 grocery journeys to ship gadgets for the parish elders, gathering groceries, medication and different assorted gadgets. The COA additionally made a minimum of 1,100 telephone calls to purchasers to prepare what they needed. Domengeaux stated the COA can be engaged on leisure tasks to offer native seniors with comics, phrase puzzles and different issues to maintain them entertained.
Domengeaux stated Teche Motion has offered COVID vaccines for individuals over the age of 70, and greater than 90 individuals took benefit of the chance. Thirty-seven seniors obtained the vaccine at Franklin Basis Hospital, in addition to Oschner’s in Morgan Metropolis.
“Most of our purchasers who needed to get vaccinated bought vaccinated,” he stated.
The COA was additionally in a position to ship about 100 heaters donated to seniors for colder climate, which the group was very proud to offer, Domengeaux stated.
As for staffing, Domengeaux stated drivers are wanted, however the job has been very emotionally demanding for some who have been already working at COA.
“It is onerous to search out individuals,” he stated. “It is half time, it is solely three hours a day, they’ve to make use of their very own automobile and have a legitimate driver’s license and insurance coverage.
“It’s a must to have a coronary heart,” he added. “I’ve had three individuals who lasted every week as a result of they stated it was too tough for them to see how a few of our elders should reside.”