In beautiful, verdant Langley, large homes signal family wealth. But to some extent that appearance of comfort can be a façade, says Shannon Woykin, executive director of Langley’s Meals on Wheels.
“We drive up to really beautiful homes, in neighbourhoods that look that everybody’s taken care of, but that’s a misconception,” notes Woykin.
There are people renting in basements there, and there are people leaving their parents on property alone, while they hold that property. But they’re struggling, because it’s too much to take care of.”
It’s this population of low-income individuals, families, single parents and seniors, all hidden behind the veneer of comfortable community, that benefits greatly from the Meals on Wheels' subsidy program.
With a referral from a social worker or other health professional, these people could acquire a large hot dinner for $100 a month on the subsidy program; with the onset of the pandemic, those costs were waived for many.
“One lady we delivered to, thought she was too young to get the meals,” says Shannon. “But she’d been surviving on cheap packaged noodles.” Once enrolled with Meals on Wheels, she found that at least one full meal daily helped her memory, her behaviour and her capacity to focus.
Woykin stresses that Langley’s Meals on Wheels program volunteers find that they’re more than delivery people. After regular visits to clients, volunteers often form a bond that allows clients to confide in them.
“A friendship develops through the delivery when a client confides in someone who’s handing them a meal, when they ask for help, or if they need a social worker or home health. It gives clients the comfort that someone’s listening. And for the volunteers it’s so rewarding.”
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