Our MOW program has expanded radically over the past six months. Many Meals on Wheels programs in Minnesota are struggling with long term sustainably. They simply lack the economy of scale to keep costs low, the ability to recruit volunteers, or the expertise needed to sustain a non-profit organization. What most of them do have is a wonderful abundance of motivated and passionate people who care about the quality of life for aging Americans.
“As I walk up 4 flights of stairs, I know I will see a smile on Bob’s (not his real name) face as I deliver his hot meal. Bob is in a wheelchair and lives in a building with no elevator. I often wonder how he gets in and out of his building. But, I definitely know that I’m making a difference in providing Bob this service.”
Bill (not his real name), a grandfather, walked apprehensively up to the CES intake desk glancing around uncomfortably. He was greeted by a smile and a friendly, “How can I help you? Have you been here before?” When he responded that he had not, Jean Anderson (volunteer) took his information down and gently told him to wait until his name was called. As he sat in the calming atmosphere, surrounded by the stained glass windows and the Augustana Lutheran Church altar, he relaxed a bit.