Atterdag at home

who we serve

A non-profit organization created to support low-income and home-bound seniors. Atterdag at Home provides affordable social, educational, and practical day-to-day resources and services to assist with aging at home with dignity and pride.

SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

Monday through Friday, we provide meals and services to seniors throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, including Solvang, Ballard, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. We continue our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” tradition, supporting low-income and home-bound seniors for over 50 years.

Service Area

Santa Ynez Valley Seniors need you. Your gift will help us support the local programs that keep seniors safe and living independently

Make a difference for a senior in our community and donate today.

TESTIMONIALS

Our Impact

Local volunteerslocal volunteersOur volunteers bring food and comfort to seniors within the Santa Ynez Valley. Together we’ve done a lot. But there is always more to do.

Meals Prepared
In the heart of Solvang, CA our kitchen prepares hot nutritious meals Monday through Friday to support low-income and homebound seniors.

Community SupportCommunity SupportDonate a little (or a lot) to ensure that our homebound seniors receive the nutrition, friendly chats, and social connections they need to thrive at home. 

ScholarshipsScholarshipsSupport our community by providing seniors who lack financial resources with needed in-home services and limited Atterdag Village housing, including meals and care.

How You Can Help

Experience the joy, purpose, and fulfillment as an Atterdag at Home Volunteer, Donor, or Professional Service Provider by making a difference and positively impacting the health and well-being of the seniors in our community

Volunteer

Volunteer

Professional Services

Atterdag At Home
Meals on Wheels

Making a difference one delivery at a time. Atterdag at Home delivers hot, nutritious meals through our volunteer-based Meals on Wheels program to low-income and home-bound seniors. Deliveries are made Monday through Friday throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, including Solvang, Ballard, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos,

ATTERDAG AT HOME MEALS ON WHEELS

People Who Care
Grants

Through the People Who Care Grants, we are enhancing the quality of life of seniors in our community. Financial grants will provide eligible low-income seniors with home support services, including personal care support, housecleaning, handyman services, and transportation.

About Us

Mission

Neighbors helping neighbors

Purpose

To provide home-bound seniors with affordable social, educational, and practical day-to-day resources and services to assist with aging at home with dignity and pride.

Pride

Our Story

Meals on Wheels, a testament to Hazel Sechler’s vision and dedication, was started in 1968. Recognizing the pressing need for such a program in the Santa Ynez Valley, Hazel meticulously studied and drew inspiration from similar initiatives across the state. Her vision and dedication were the driving forces behind the establishment of this vital program, inspiring many to follow in her footsteps.

Hazel’s first task was to find a kitchen facility large enough to prepare meals and offer dietary services for individuals with special needs. She approached Jerry McConnell, the Solvang Lutheran Home administrator, with her plan. He was supportive and thrilled about the idea, a sentiment shared by the entire community. He offered the use of the Home’s kitchen facility and the expertise of their dietician. Hazel, driven by her unwavering dedication, ran the program for 19 years before she decided to move; it was hard to say farewell to her “baby.”

Barbara Cirone, equally dedicated, took over the program for 28 years and ran the coordination of volunteers from her garage. In 2016, after years of dedicated service, Barbara Cirone decided to retire. Faced with finding a successor, she approached Chris Parker, the current administrator of Atterdag Village of Solvang (formerly Solvang Lutheran Home). Recognizing the essential role of Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors, veterans, and those unable to care for themselves, Chris hired Karen Brown as the program’s director, ensuring its continued success. The program’s impact on the community is undeniable, a testament to the enduring spirit of community service.

2024
Board of Directors