MEDIA — Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line rang in the new year as the first Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Philadelphia region to enlist the help of robots for autonomous food service.
This unique technology, called “Matradee” by Richtech Robotics, is an amenity that brings convenience to senior residents. Two robots will offer easy access food delivery for senior residents in Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line’s dining room. Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line’s Delaware County location is at 100 Halcyon Drive in Media.
“Our mission is to provide innovation in aging services, which is why we’re paving the way for CCRCs across the country to create more accessibility options for seniors. A major benefit of this technology is that it enables us to continue to provide an enjoyable dining experience while managing our industry-wide staffing shortages. The ‘Matradees’ are just one example of what the future will look like,” said Mike DeStefon, executive director of Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line.
The “Matradee” has designated tiers to hold trays of food. It uses a GPS to move around the room and the advanced software plots out table configurations. It is capable of scanning the environment to avoid bumping into people and obstacles while it travels on its own. An additional bonus is that it sings the “Happy Birthday” song to senior residents.
Richtech’s cutting edge solutions are used by brands all over the globe including Hilton, Nike, Keurig and Dr. Pepper.
Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line senior residents are among the very first people to experience this technology in the country. For more information visit http://www.WEL.org.
Bonner-Prendie hosts St. Dorothy vs St. Bernadette basketball tournament
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School will host the St. Dorothy vs. St. Bernadette Parish CYO 5th Annual Basketball Tournament, Saturday, Jan. 15. The Tournament is a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer School and Youth Initiative and proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society.
The basketball tournament will include various CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) teams from longtime friendly rivals St. Dorothy Parish and St. Bernadette of Lourdes Parish, both located in Drexel Hill. The tournament will feature the Junior Varsity and Varsity girls and boys programs as well as alumni teams. The event has previously raised over $21,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.
The Men’s Alumni Game is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., followed by the Women’s Alumni Game at 12:30 p.m., the JV Girls at 2 p.m., the Varsity Girls at 3:15 p.m., the JV Boys at 4:45 p.m. and the Varsity Boys at 6 p.m.
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School is at 403 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill.
Caring for Friends seeks volunteer home chefs
Caring for Friends, an independent food bank and nonprofit serving homebound, homeless, and hungry people in the Delaware Valley, needs volunteers. Delaware County individuals, families and businesses can help other Delaware County residents without ever leaving their homes.
The organization seeks home chefs to make meals to donate to homebound seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Cooks fill trays with food and then drop off at local sites. The whole family can participate in the volunteer opportunity by making caring cards of encouragement to accompany the food distributed to people experiencing homelessness and kids facing hunger at schools. All food tray donations support homebound seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities in Philadelphia, Delaware County and other adjacent areas.
In addition to volunteer home chefs, volunteers are also needed to donate, hold a food drive or a fundraiser for the organization.
For more information or to sign up and find out where to pick up trays to fill, contact Brittany Reagan at email@example.com or 215-464-2224.
Delco Literacy Council offers free help in basic literacy, GED, ESL and job searching
The Delaware County Literacy Council wishes to remind county residents that help is available, free of charge, to local adults wishing to improve basic literacy, as well as help applying for jobs, preparing for GED, learning ESL, or wanting to improve their reading, writing and math skills.
In-person and remote options are available for instruction.
DCLC also offers free job-search services to local immigrants and also to residents age 40 and over who have been receiving Unemployment Compensation. Learn more about all of these services and options at http://delcoliteracy.org.
Autograph Brasserie hosts Galentine’s Day event to promote local businesses
Women are invited to the ultimate Girl’s Night Out, a special Galentine’s Day celebration, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Autograph Brasserie, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne.
Autograph Brasserie will host Galentine’s Day four days previous to Valentine’s Day, putting sisters before misters.
The event is BYOG – bring your own girlfriends and features exclusive shopping with some of the region’s best vendors, a glass of bubbly, and raffles for fantastic prizes.
This year’s participants include: Rachelle Boutique and Designer Consignment of Bryn Mawr; Good Gemz; Darci Henry Beauty of Malvern; HJ Boutique of Wayne; Aux Petits Delices of Wayne; Van Cleve Bridal and Eveningwear of Paoli; Body & Beauty Lab of Radnor; Mindful Presents curated by Inquirer lifestyle writer, Elizabeth Wellington; Kimberly Boutique; Littlebags by Anna Welsh; and Wander + Cloth.
Space is limited and tickets are required and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/galentines-day-tickets-239287504367.
Purchase raffle tickets to support Delco residents with intellectual disabilities
The Delaware County Advocacy and Resource Organization kicked off its 2022 annual signature fundraising event this week and is asking for the community’s support of their critical Advocacy and Social/Recreation Programs for individuals in Delaware County with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. DCARO is offering tickets for three specialized raffles this year. Purchasing raffle tickets will allow DCARO to continue to provide the premier Advocacy and Social/Recreation Programs. Raffles, which are available for a variety of ticket prices, include chances on a $5,000 cash prize, a chef-prepared home BBQ for ten, and a handmade one-of-a-kind Irish pub set.
Delaware County Advocacy and Resource Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been advocating for people with intellectual disabilities for more than sixty years, as well as providing recreational opportunities. Formerly known as the Arc of Delaware County, DCARO advocates for the rights, opportunities and self-determination of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The raffle winners will be chosen at a Facebook Live drawing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.delcoadvocacy.org or call 610-544-6600.
Newtown Square Tavern holds winter open house
Newtown Square’s Historic Square Tavern will hold a winter open house 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. The community is invited to visit the 1700’s Square Tavern, Route 252 and Goshen Road, and enjoy stepping into the past with guided tours of the tavern, including the Benjamin West Gallery and seasonal displays. Extensive local art and crafts will be on sale, reduced 20 to 50 percent. Gift Shop items include Newtown Square images pottery, afghans and more.
The all-volunteer staff will welcome the public to experience Newtown’s past while having a cup of cocoa or tea in a warm and charming environment. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org/.
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