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Mature Services opens new nutrition center in Akron

by ANDREW ROGERS | reporter Published: January 17, 2015 11:21 AM

Akron -- Mature Services of Akron's new Nutrition Center underscores the company's success and growth.

The company hosted an open house for the new center Dec. 8, aimed at celebrating the new milestone and toasting to further growth. The newly-acquired Nutrition Center is a large 3,000 square foot facility that serves Mature Services's 450 home delivery clients and clients that take advantage of their various other programs. The number of home delivery clients was 50 just two years ago.

The Nutrition Program's services are available to those in Summit County. All the meals are prepared on site and frozen. Each client chooses their meals for the week from a menu and the frozen meals are delivered to their homes once a week. Mature Services also buys its products locally when it can in an effort to give back to the community.

"The best part about these programs is that it gives home-bound adults more choices than they're used to It gives them a sense of freedom they're often no longer accustomed to," said Linda Valentine, president and CEO of Mature Services.

Mature Services offers a wide and growing array of services, including an addiction and mental health outpatient facility. The program, called "Avenues to Recovery," helps clients overcome addiction and mental health issues without having to face the challenge without help.

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Avenues to Recovery "is a great resource for our clients who struggle with being alone," Valentine said.

Mature services also offers a jobs program in which it helps its clients locate part-time work. This program not only benefits the company's clients, but also the community. By paying their clients for their work directly rather than clients being paid by the organization that hires them, the money the employing company saves is left to recirculate into the community. Last year, clients who took advantage of this program worked a cumulative 800,000 hours and there are openings now for seniors who want to work, according to Valentine.

One of the newer programs offered by Mature Services is the RSVP Caring Companion program, in which a volunteer spends time with clients to keep them company and improve their quality of life by giving them a chance to be more social and to feel less isolated. This program is seeking volunteers. Inquire at 330-253-4597.

There is one program that is currently offered by Mature Services that does not exclusively benefit older members of the community, but rather turns its sights to childhood obesity. Coined the "Catch Kids Program," it is an opportunity for children to learn about healthy dietary and exercise habits, as well as how to prepare simple meals themselves. Volunteers help children build these skills through a laid back and casual approach to healthy living education.

Mature Services says the amount of people served every year is staggering. In 2013, 96,229 home meals were delivered to those who, for whatever reason, did not have access to reliable food sources. Also, Mature Services provided an additional 40,031 meals in 2013 to congregate sites in the community. Mature Services will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Aug. 6 this year.

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

Email: arogers@recordpub.com

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