On any given morning, the on-site kitchen at Community Support Connections in Breslau is bustling with people preparing about 300 meals. A small army of volunteers will deliver those meals to seniors and disabled clients around Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and North Dumphries.
Will Pace, Executive Director of Community Support Connections said the meal program is invaluable. “Our goal is to keep older adults living in their own homes, where they want to be with independence and dignity.”
Offering more than meals
The agency offers support to over 5,000 clients, more than a dozen are over the age of 100. Community Support Connections volunteers will help with grocery shopping, conduct exercise classes, and provide transportation to medical appointments and even to the bank. Pace said, “Because a lot of our clients still need im-person banking, as they are not online.”
There are also help-at-home programs to assist seniors and the disabled with tasks such as snow shovelling, cleaning, and maintaining their homes. Pace said, “Things like that help people take care of their own houses so they can remain in their own home happily and safely.”
One of Community Support Connections’ primary services is providing nutrition. They deliver about 80 thousand meals to vulnerable clients each year. Pace said, “It’s a great touch point for our clients. Social isolation is behind everything that we do, and a lot of our clients may get meals 3 days a week and they say, I only see one person, and it’s the person bringing the meal.”
The meal delivery volunteers will also do a wellness check, share a kind word and a smile. This is just one testimonial of many from grateful clients. “My life before meeting my friendly visitor was different. I genuinely appreciate the conversations we have. It’s something I look forward to every week.”
The Adopt-a-Route program invites companies and their employees to participate as well, by delivering meals on a specific route.
Delivering Christmas Cheer
But the highlight of the year is their Christmas Day Meal Delivery. This year more than 100 clients signed up to have a traditional Christmas meal delivered to their home. Pace said, “They are all special, but Christmas Day is an extra special day to have a meal and social contact.” Unfortunately for many clients, the meal delivery is the only human contact they have on Christmas Day.
Community Support Connections also raises funds for their Christmas Stocking program which allows them to give about 100 seniors a stocking filled with small essentials. This year the stocking program was connected to “Giving Tuesday” and was a huge success.
But their most important fundraiser at this time of year is their annual Holiday Fundraising Appeal. The goal this year is to collect donations to help provide 10,315 nutritious meals to their clients.
If you would like to help change the life of a neighbour today by donating to the Holiday Fundraising Appeal or by volunteering, please visit: https://communitysupportconnections.org/helpaneighbour.
This Spotlight was made possible through the support of Dietrich Law.