“My mom was a recipient of meals from “Meals on Wheels” for a couple of years, when she was bedridden, before she passed away in 2005. It was very helpful to us to have that service and I’ve always wanted to give back knowing how beneficial the work your organization does to feed seniors and others.
Again, thank you for your service and thank you for feeding my mom when she needed it the most.”
“Probably the highlight was seeing the kitchen and workers at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. It motivates me and helps me understand what a dream and hard work can accomplish.”
“Meals on Wheels kept my father at home for a year before he needed to go into a nursing home. He died three months after he went in. In my eyes, you gave him an extra year of life. Thank you for what you did for him”
“I heard about you on NPR. I was so moved by your daily acts of kindness. Thank you for your working in the service of human dignity.”
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Restoring strength and vitality to someone who’s weak and frail. Giving hope and dignity to someone numbed by poor health and poverty. These are miracles.
The value of our services goes far beyond just meals! Read about the lives that have been changed-even saved-with help from St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
Eddie was born in Cleveland 96 years ago.
He moved toL.A.in 1947 and worked for many years as a waiter in many ofL.A.’s finest establishments, including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Eddie never married and now lives on a modest social security income. For the past 16 years, he has rented a one room apartment just west of downtownL.A.Although he is blind in one eye, gets dizzy spells, has numbness in his hands and needs a walker to get around, he manages to use the shared bathroom down the hall. He has no kitchen, but makes good use of a coffee maker, microwave and rice cooker. All of his friends and family are gone, so he rides the bus alone to doctor appointments. He relies on St. Vincent Meals on Wheels to deliver his daily nutritious meal because he can’t cook a full meal, and sometimes he can’t afford to buy any other food. “I only have a little money left after I pay for rent and medicine,” he said, “so if I had to pay for all my food, I couldn’t afford a winter coat or bus fare to see the doctor. “Your meals help me a lot. If I didn’t get them, I’d probably have to go into a nursing home, which is the last thing want. I don’t want to have someone tell me when to eat and when to sleep. “At 96 years old, I am still independent,” he said with pride.
Letter from a Client, Laura, 68
“Before Meals on Wheels, I would eat nuts and canned foods. Sometimes I waited for two ladies who would buy me three hamburgers for 99 cents, and I would cut one in thirds to eat every day. But one day, they stopped coming. I can’t remember what I need to make a meal and then I forgot the pot’s on the stove–and to top it off, I burn myself. Thanks to you, I have less stress. I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, and the smiles of your delivery people really make my day. I really think I would be dead by now if it wasn’t for you.”
Paul, who is 85, was born inKansasand grew up inOklahoma.
He served in the Army during WWII in thePhilippinesandJapan. He returned to theU.S.where he started a family and became a baritone sax player for rhythm and blues bands. In 1952, Paul brought his first wife and their three children toL.A.to be part of the burgeoning music scene. Years later, he met Eula, the love of his life. They were married for 33 years before she passed away in 2011. When they were younger, Eula worked at a community senior center, and Paul helped deliver meals to seniors. Today, Paul suffers from debilitating arthritis that leaves him confined to a wheelchair; his hands are so stiff and sore he has trouble with the tasks of daily living. Since Eula died last year, he has lived alone in his South CentralL.A.home. One son has passed away, another son is out of touch and his daughter lives out of state. The only help he receives is from a nephew who comes every Sunday to help Paul bathe and dress and take him to church. For his daily meal, Paul relies on St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. “These meals are such a blessing to me,” Paul said with a smile. “I just need one meal a day, if it’s a good healthy one, and these are. I’m a vegetarian and they surprise me with all the great dishes they come up with. My situation is desperate enough without worrying about food,” he said “I can’t afford to buy it and I can’t stand up to cook it.” When our Client Advocate Judith Cathey found out about Paul’s situation, she helped him apply for Veteran’s benefits that will provide him with in-home care. He should soon get the extra help he needs. “Judith is my angel,” Paul said, his eyes shining. “I just needed someone to look over me” The man who once delivered meals to seniors now receives them himself. And the Veteran who served our country overseas will now get some help at home in return.
Ruby Shines On and Moves Forward, Even After a Stroke At 85, Ruby has lived a life filled with family and hard work. She has been touched by tragedy, but her strong faith keeps her smiling.
Ruby has been widowed three times and lost one of her three children. Her remaining children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all live in Northern California. A stroke three years ago left her unable to walk without a walker and her right side is stiff and sore. Yet she still looks forward to the future with optimism.
Today, Ruby lives downtown in a run-down apartment building for seniors, but she feels isolated because few of her neighbors speak English and there are no group or recreational activities. “You could die here and no one would find you,” she said. She dreams of moving to a new place where she could socialize with other seniors and attend church, but she makes the best of her situation.
Her beloved helper Peaches comes in the morning to make Ruby breakfast, help with her personal care and housekeeping, and take her to doctors’ appointments. “I get lonesome when she leaves at lunchtime,” said Ruby, “so I look forward to seeing my meal delivery person. Then I’m alone for the rest of the day and night.”
“I appreciate the meals so much,” she said. “They are balanced and good. I thank God I can depend on St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.”
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Los Angeles, CA 90057 Tel - 213-484-7775
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