Updates & Resources
Sewing Seniors Honored as "Hometown Heroes"
Soprema Senior Center program leader Cathy Hall and her Sewing Seniors group were recently featured as Medina County Auditor’s Office Hometown Heroes. The group responded to the pandemic by selflessly making and then donating more that 1,500 fabric masks from March to June. The full article can be found at the link below. Well done ladies - we’re proud of you!
Medicare Open Enrollment & Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP)
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) provides Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information, one-on-one counseling, and educates consumers about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage options, Medicare supplement insurance. Our specially trained OSHIIP volunteers will offer Medicare assistance during the annual open enrollment period, Oct. 15 - Dec. 7. Contact the Soprema Senior Center for more information or visit the website for the Ohio Department of Insurance is https://insurance.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odi/home.
OSHIIP-specific information can be found at https://insurance.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odi/about-us/divisions/ohio-senior-health-insurance-information-program/..
If you prefer, you can reach an OSHIIP representative toll-free at 1-800-686-1578 or through email at email@example.com.
Food Resources for Seniors
Medina County Office for Older Adults
The Soprema Senior Center staff is able to complete referrals for a number of Medina County Office for Older Adults programs.
Any adult over the age of 60 can now contact Medina County Office for Older Adults at 330-723-9514 to be connected with a volunteer shopper. The volunteer will contact the senior and take their grocery order. They will then shop at any Medina County Beuhler’s location (Medina River Styx, Medina Forest Meadows, or Wadsworth) and the customer service desk will facilitate payment with the senior. The financial transaction is between Buehler’s and the senior customer ONLY and the volunteers will complete the shopping and deliver it to the senior’s residence.
MCOOA reached out to Buehler’s Fresh Foods and they responded by adapting their business practice to accommodate seniors who may be somewhat technologically challenged or unable to utilize an online shopping system.
MCOOA also continue to offer meal delivery service and delivery of shelf stable foods from local pantries and Feeding Medina County. The MCOOA website is http://www.mcooa.org/.
Food Resources/Financial Assistance
Feeding Medina County
FMC’s next food distribution dates are Thursdays Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am at the Medina County Fairgrounds (735 Lafayette Road entrance). People in need of assistance should "bring a picture ID and empty trunk" and "stay in your car." For more information, call Feeding Medina County at (330) 421-4816, or visit their website: http://www.feedingmedinacounty.org/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FeedingMedinaCounty/.
Wadsworth FISH is providing assistance with groceries. Families with 1-4 individuals can receive $50 every 90 days for groceries. Call (330) 336-4300 or visit https://wadsworthfish.org/.
Wadsworth Salvation Army
The Wadsworth Salvation Army is located at 527 College Street. Their Soup Kitchen has resumed drive-through service, and they may be able to provide financial assistance for rent, utilities, and medical bills. For more information, call (330) 335-2327 or visit their website https://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/wadsworth or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WadsworthSalvationArmy
Sacred Heart Of Jesus St. Vincent dePaul Society Applications for assistance are accepted on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for food and financial assistance. Applicants are required to go to the SHOJ parish center and provide a photo identification. Please be informed clients can only receive financial assistance once every six months, food from the food pantry is provided twice monthly. To leave a message for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, call (330) 336-3049 ext. 2011. SHOJ "Serving Neighbors In Need" Brochure
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
The Akron Canton Regional Foodbank is located at 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307. Their phone number is (330) 535-6900 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/need-food.
Medina County Job and Family Services
Medina County Job and Family Services is located at 232 Northland Drive, Medina, OH 44256. They can be reached at (330) 722-9300 or toll free at 1-800-783-5070. More information can be found at https://www.mcjfs.us/assistance/.