Door of Opportunity

Door of Opportunity
Artesia Meals on Wheels, Inc.
Byron Bartley
108 S 14th Street
P.O. Box 208
Artesia, NM 88211
Tel: (575) 746-9642
Fax: (575) 746-2205

Meals on Wheels Program

Artesia Meals On Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose ability to serve its clients comes from the many
volunteers who give willingly of their time and through their donations. They are the vital link in our services and
add an immeasurable human value to the program. We believe that those we serve should be treated with dignity
and respect and through your assistance we can continue to serve those in need.
Meals are prepared at Artesia General Hospital's dietary kitchen with emphasis on proper nutrition.
Restricted diets are accommodated to provide meals for those whose diets require adherence to special dietary
needs such as diabetes, low sodium diets, allergy problems, soft foods, cardiac, etc. The cost of the meal to the
recipients is $2.00 per meal. At least 50% of the recipients cannot afford the $2.00 fee. Their income is such that
consideration to waive the meal fee has been afforded to those making less than $750 a month in income. As for
those recipients that pay the $2.00 per meal, this fee has not been increased as many find it difficult to afford the
weekly fee as it is. Door of Opportunity, Inc. subsidizes the additional cost of the meal at $.70 per meal.

Door of Opportunity, Inc. supports the choices made by individuals with disabilities in becoming valued members
of the community. This mission is fulfilled by helping people realize their personal dreams and goals, while
improving their overall quality of life.
The Artesia Meals On Wheels, Inc., organization is a sister company to Door of Opportunity. A nonprofit
corporation, it was organized in April of 1970 with the first meals delivered on April 19th to seven clients. The
program was designed to provide nourishment that met the dietary needs of homebound seniors and other
citizens in the area who otherwise might go hungry. Then, as today, many participants are people who do not
require hospitalization while recovering from illness or surgery. Some need assistance because of ongoing health
problems and simply need a helping hand in order to maintain their independence. Today, this volunteer program
has grown in number of clients.

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