MASS: Helping our older adults and disabled clients through these uncertain times

MASS offers grocery delivery for seniors, transportation to area stores

MENDOTA - The primary focus of Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS) is the health, safety and welfare of older adults, disabled clients and staff. In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, MASS is making several key changes in the way their services are provided.

Currently, transportation services will continue to operate during normal business hours. They ask that people please stay home unless it is absolutely necessary. MASS understands this is an uncertain time, and they are available to assist clients in getting to crucial appointments and to grocery stores and pharmacies. They will also partner with the local grocery store to provide free home delivery of groceries.

Under direction from the Illinois Department on Aging, MASS has closed its senior center to all group activities. They will assist with Medicare, Medicaid and benefit access BY PHONE only. Please call (815) 539-7700 for assistance. All Outreach activities have been halted except in-home assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Older adults are at a higher risk for severe illnesses. Please follow the CDC’s recommendations of washing your hands, social distancing, and non-essential trips. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 may cause increased stress and strong emotions. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, MASS is there to help. Please contact them at (815) 539-7700, 1-800-535-5970 or e-mail [email protected] They are available to help people access resources or just to have someone to talk to.

Grocery delivery, transportation to stores

MENDOTA -MASS is partnering with Sullivan’s Foods in Mendota to offer home delivery of groceries.

Here is how it will work. Sullivan’s Foods will take grocery orders on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Sullivan’s at (815) 539-9341 during those hours to place an order or with questions about ordering.

MASS drivers will then deliver the orders throughout the day FREE OF CHARGE. Call MASS at (815) 539-7700 with any questions you may have. We hope this service will help keep our seniors, disabled and community a little safer. 

Rides to stores

MASS is offering transportation to the following area stores so seniors and disabled clients can utilize the special shopping hours being offered. These include:

Sullivan’s Foods, Mendota – every Tuesday & Thursday, 7-8 a.m.

Hy-Vee, Peru – every day, 7-8 a.m.

Wal-Mart, Peru – every Tuesday, 6-7 a.m.

Target, Peru – every Wednesday, 8-9 a.m.

Dollar General – every day, 8-9 a.m.

Please call the MASS office at (815) 539-7700 to schedule a ride.


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