COVID-19 Updates

August 21, 2020

With the wellbeing of our clients and seniors as the primary focus, Valley Senior Services is following North Dakota Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Epidemiologist recommendations to keep meal sites closed for congregate dining through December 31, 2020, amid concerns surrounding the potential risk of COVID-19.

In making the decision to remain closed, Valley Senior Services feels that under current guidelines this is the safest decision for the seniors we serve. But, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, the number of staff/volunteers available and the concerns around transmission of COVID-19, Valley Senior Services will reevaluate this decision in 2021.

We continue to provide takeout meals at all meal sites throughout the region and home-delivered meals for those that qualify for Meals on Wheels. The following services are available for our seniors and clients:

  • Drive-Thru & Pick Up Meals: Prepackaged meals are available at meal sites with drive-thru and pick up options. Drive-thru meals are located at Broadway Station and pick up meals are at Trollwood, Ed Clapp and West Fargo High Rise. Participating seniors must register for daily prepackaged meals. Seniors are asked to call the meal site closest to them and sign up in advance. Those who are unable to get to a meal site for pick up may sign up for Meals on Wheels by calling 701-293-1440.

  • Meals on Wheels: Meal delivery services for registered seniors continue as scheduled. Given the importance of nutrition for this vulnerable population it is important to continue this service that relies on healthy volunteers. As the Fargo community starts to open again, we need more volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in need. If you are healthy and able, please sign up to help deliver meals to those in need by calling our volunteer coordinator at 701-356-1431.

  • Metro Senior Rides: This transportation service is provided to residents ages 60+ in the Fargo-West Fargo-Moorhead-Dilworth metro area. Metro Senior Rides drives clients and seniors to appointments, shopping or other personal needs. During this time, only one rider at a time is allowed in the Metro Senior Rides vans (exceptions are made for married couples or families travelling together). Schedule a ride at least 3-5 days in advance by calling 701-356-7433 (RIDE).

  • County Public Transit: This transportation service is provided by all six counties served by Valley Senior Services. The bigger passenger wheelchair-lift equipped buses and vans only allow a maximum of four riders at a time to keep within social distancing guidelines. Call one of the county offices or visit ValleySeniorServices.org for specific ride schedules.

These changes are being implemented in all six counties served by Valley Senior Services. They include Cass, Steele, Traill, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties.

Valley Senior Services continues to monitor the situation, work with state and local health officials and follow recommended guidance as it becomes available. All programs and services are evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure the safety of all involved. Any cancellation announcements will be posted at ValleySeniorServices.org.

June 23, 2020

With the wellbeing of our clients and seniors as the primary focus, Valley Senior Services is following North Dakota Department of Human Services and Aging Services Division recommendations to keep meal sites closed for community dining through at least July 31, 2020 amid concerns surrounding the potential risk of COVID-19.

There are a variety of options available for seniors to pick up meals and utilize our transportation services. The following services are available for our seniors and clients:

  • Drive-Thru & Pick Up Meals: Prepackaged meals are available at meal sites with drive-thru and pick up options. Drive-thru meals are located at Broadway Station and pick up meals are at Trollwood, Ed Clapp and West Fargo High Rise. Participating seniors must register for daily prepackaged meals. Seniors are asked to call the meal site closest to them and sign up in advance. Those who are unable to get to a meal site for pick up may sign up for Meals on Wheels by calling 701-293-1440.

  • Meals on Wheels: Meal delivery services for registered seniors continue as scheduled. Given the importance of nutrition for this vulnerable population it is important to continue this service that relies on healthy volunteers. As the Fargo community starts to open again, we need more volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in need. If you are healthy and able, please sign up to help deliver meals to those in need by calling our volunteer coordinator at 701-356-1431.

  • Metro Senior Rides: This transportation service is provided to residents ages 60+ in the Fargo-West Fargo-Moorhead-Dilworth metro area. Metro Senior Rides drives clients and seniors to appointments, shopping or other personal needs. During this time, only one rider at a time is allowed in the Metro Senior Rides vans (exceptions are made for married couples or families travelling together). Schedule a ride at least 3-5 days in advance by calling 701-356-7433 (RIDE).

  • County Public Transit: This transportation service is provided by all six counties served by Valley Senior Services. The bigger passenger wheelchair-lift equipped buses and vans only allow a maximum of four riders at a time to keep within social distancing guidelines. Call one of the county offices or visit ValleySeniorServices.org for specific ride schedules.

These changes are being implemented in all six counties served by Valley Senior Services. They include Cass, Steele, Traill, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties.

We continue to monitor the situation, work with state and local health officials and follow recommended guidance as it becomes available. All programs and services are evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure the safety of all involved. Any cancellation announcements will be posted on this page.

Best wishes –The Valley Senior Services Team

May 1, 2020

We were notified by the ND Department of Human Services that, all congregate meal sites will continue to be closed through June 30, 2020. Valley Senior Services will continue to offer pick up meals and home-delivered meals for those that qualify.

While we are sad that we will not be open for meals and activities until after June 30, we know it is in the best interest of all of you that we comply with this new guidance. We truly hope that you are doing well and look forward to the day when we can re-open and get back to normal operations.

Best wishes –The Valley Senior Services Team

March 16, 2020

With the wellbeing of our clients and seniors as the primary focus, Valley Senior Services is following CDC recommendations to decrease large group gatherings amid heightened concerns surrounding the potential risk of COVID-19. 

As part of our response to COVID-19Valley Senior Services is suspended the following programs and services: 

  • Activities at senior centers: All activities are suspended. 

  • Transportation to senior centers: All transportation to senior centers is suspended. 

  • Congregate dining: Congregate dining is discontinued at meal sites with prepackaged meals made available for pick upParticipating seniors must register for daily prepackaged meals. Seniors are asked to call the meal site closest to them and sign up in advanceThose who are unable to get to a meal site to pick up a meal may sign up for Meals on Wheels by calling 701-293-1440. 

Meals on Wheels delivery service for registered seniors will continue as scheduled. Given the importance of nutrition for this vulnerable population, during this time of coronavirus concerns, we feel strongly that it is important to continue this service that relies on healthy volunteers. We ask that if you are healthy and able, please sign up to help deliver meals to those in need by calling our volunteer coordinator at 701-356-1431.  

These changes are being implemented in all six counties served by Valley Senior Services. They include Cass, Steele, Traill, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties. 

Valley Senior Services will continue to monitor the situation, work with state and local health officials and will follow recommended guidance as it becomes available. All programs and services are being evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure the safety of all involved. Any cancellation announcements will be posted at ValleySeniorServices.org.