Volunteers Deliver More Than Meals
Each Tuesday, six recipients of SeniorServ’s Meals on Wheels program are especially eager for the arrival of their meals; not just because they enjoy the meals, but because they know Audrey and Joe will be delivering them. The couple has been delivering meals together for over 10 years in Costa Mesa, and their familiar faces are always a welcome sight.
Audrey and Joe first recognized the needs of frail older adults after Aubrey’s mother was placed in a convalescent hospital. It was disheartening for the couple to witness how many of the older adults residing in the facility felt unimportant and forgotten. Inspired to spread joy to isolated seniors, Audrey soon began delivering Meals on Wheels. Joe joined Audrey following his retirement two years later and since that time, the couple and has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of frail seniors.
“We know them and they know us,” says Audrey. “We don’t just deliver meals, we stop and chat.”
During a recent meal delivery, Audrey and Joe discovered a woman who had fallen and was on the floor. “We arrived at about 11:00 am and she had been there since 5:00 am calling for help,” recalls Audrey. “We later visited her in the hospital. Every one needs to feel special and remembered.”
The pair encourages others to give of themselves and to spend time to bring a meal to someone.
“It is an opportunity and a blessing to get to know the older people,” Audrey says. Joe adds, “They need it and it’s something that needs to be done. [We’ll be doing this] as long as our cars are able to drive.”