Since our nonprofit organization’s founding, more than 30 years ago, we’ve been helping people age at home through our Grocery Assistance Service. As many know, our deliveries not only provide nourishment, but also a friendly check-in and help with the extras, whether that be opening jars or putting freezer items away.
Changes to our organization over this past year have indicated a new way of thinking about how we can help seniors embrace aging and live independently in their homes. Committed to ensuring the well-being of our clients, we expanded our offerings and refined our strategies — placing an emphasis on providing services that were often hard to come by and costly for those that we serve.
The addition of Home Support and Transportation Services to our offerings helps our clients remain healthy, active, and independent. Our Home Support Service is more than just repair work; it keeps your home or that of a loved one’s in good condition — whether that be by landscaping or changing smoke detectors. The same holds true for our Transportation Service. It is not just about making sure appointments are kept, but also gives our clients a way to venture out and stay connected with their communities.
Our new services, just like our Grocery Assistance, will continue to go the extra mile, providing a friendly hand to help our clients stay in their homes.
Karen Cotch, Executive Director
Celebrate fall with a tasty, hearty soup! This time of year, it is easy to find carrots, cauliflower, turnips, onions, broccoli, cabbage, kale and potatoes. All of these vegetables add vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your diet.
- 2 carrots, grated or cut into slices
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped or 1 can of diced tomatoes
- Left-over or frozen vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, corn, etc.
- 6 cups of water (beef or chicken broth, tomato juice or V8 juice can be used in place of water)
- Meat, cut up, such as cooked chicken or turkey, cooked and crumbled hamburger (optional)
- ½ cup of uncooked pasta (elbow macaroni, shells or rings), rice, or barley (optional)
- Seasonings including pepper, basil, tarragon, a bay leaf (Remove bay leaf when cooking is complete.)
- Grate or chop the vegetables by hand or in a food processor.
- Put all of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover the soup.
- Simmer for 1 to 2 hours. Check the soup often and add water as needed.
This soup recipe makes about 10 servings. Leftover soup can be stored in containers and frozen to use for future lunches or dinners. Toast, crackers, or rolls can be served with the soup.
Need your gutters cleaned or your filters replaced? We’re hear to help! To meet the growing needs and fulfill our mission, we have expanded our offerings to include Home Support: interior and exterior maintenance services to help keep your home, or that of a loved one’s, safe and orderly.
Meet Mike Kingsley, a handy person who has contributed his home-repair expertise with Help At Your Door since this past May. He decided to give his time to others after helping his mother age in place.
“I was a caregiver for my own mother so that she could stay in her home as long as possible. And that’s what I think Help At Your Door’s main goal is – to help people stay in their homes,” Mike explains.
From washing windows to moving furniture, Mike has stepped up to give back to those who need it most. Volunteers often find that the time they donate is easily repaid by the relationships and memories created—as well as knowing that they have made a difference in someone’s life.
Nearly 25% of the clients we serve have income levels below poverty, making our services critical to Minnesota’s aging population. Clients can receive help at home for an affordable cost with all proceeds going to support our nonprofit mission and to assist those who need a little extra help remaining in their homes.
After joining Help At Your Door’s volunteer community (more than 500 strong!), Mike realized the value of the services. He remarks, “We have talented people handy. We are donating our time so that they can get something done that they probably couldn’t find anyone else to do. And if they did find them, it would cost them a lot of money. I would like more people to know that our services are available at a reasonable cost to the client and that the volunteers doing it have the clients’ best interests at heart.”