Copper Country Senior Meals (CCSM) has added Jessica Mills to their staff in the role of Assessor. Mills joined the local non-profit’s staff in May.
“I wanted to work here because of the amazing work they have done in our community,” Mills said. “We don’t just provide meals. We provide companionship and well-being checks that make it easier for seniors to remain in their homes for a longer time. Providing seniors and their families that comfort is vital and truly amazing.”
Mills has transitioned into the role well in part thanks to the help of outgoing assessor Caitlin Sundblad.
“The role of assessor interested me because it gives me the opportunity to meet with the community and help provide resources that are needed,” Mills said. “I am able to speak with our seniors and help them find the resources they need in their journey to stay in their homes as long as possible.”
Initial assessments are done over the phone with seniors. Mills then visits their home in an effort to get to know each person CCSM serves on an individual level, to understand what unique needs each person has and to complete required paperwork to fund the program.
“My favorite experience so far has been getting to know the many residents that we provide meals to,” Mills said. “Whether it has been in-person during the assessments that I have been a part of or over the phone. Seeing the joy and happiness that we are able to provide in our community has been phenomenal. It truly is heartwarming knowing that we are not just providing a healthy meal, but also friendship.”
Mills is a Lake Linden-Hubbell High School and Finlandia University alumnus. Copper Country Senior Meals has kitchens in Calumet and Hancock where they cook meals serving about 300 meals per day to residents of Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Learn more about Copper Country Senior Meals assessment services at coppercountryseniormeals.org/assessment.