Patricia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 42 years old, ending a career as an international banker in Toronto. This was devastating news and yet she found the strength to press forward. Last year, 72-year-old Patricia experienced a debilitating health episode that left her paralyzed on the floor for hours in her Cambridge home with her miniature poodle, Cody, by her side. When she finally received help, she was taken to hospital and stayed there for a month. Patricia's brother encouraged her to sign up for Meals on Wheels to ensure she received the nutrition she needed to stay healthy.
"I love the homemade meals and I love the volunteers. I wish there was a Meals on Wheels store where I could buy the food. They have delicious desserts too!" said Patricia.
She's not the only one who loves getting meals and a volunteer visit. Cody is a recipient of Animeals, thanks to a partnership between Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) and the local humane societies. Animeals generously provides pet food for eligible Meals on Wheels clients and other individuals in the community.
"Cody is my family and I'm his mom. I was so excited to learn about Animeals and I'm so thankful for this program. I don't know what I'd do without him," she said.
Though health issues continue to be a presence in her life, Patricia now wears a medical alert device and has peace of mind knowing a Meals on Wheels volunteer is going to visit each weekday. Because of Meals on Wheels volunteers and other community supports, Patricia is able to enjoy the comforts of home in a community she loves, with her best friend by her side.
Meals on Wheels depends on volunteers donating their lunch hour to deliver hot, nutritious meals to clients who need them. To apply, please visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/ or for more information please call our office at 519-772-8787.