Mr. Rodrigues is 96 years old and has multiple health issues, but it's easy to forget he is struggling because of his gentle personality and sweet smile. He uses a walker to to get around his home of over 50 years. He gets dressed every day and is waiting by his front door when his delivery driver Liz arrives. Mr. Rodrigues greets her with a big smile and hug and looks forward to her arrival. He credits his longevity to good genes and a healthy lifestyle in his younger years. His adult children and grandchildren are devoted to helping him remain in his own home and check on him as often as they can. They have formed a family network of support around him which strengthened after his wife of many years died. His daily support includes Meals on Wheels, for which he and his family are very grateful.Mr. James R.
Ms. H is a 92 year old resident of Oakland. Originally from Louisiana, she moved to Oakland with her husband in the late 1940’s. She has lived in her own home for nearly 50 years and has been a widow for 21 years. Ms. H was nearly 90 years old when she began receiving Meals on Wheels. She was no longer driving, and not eating as well as she should. Ms. H is happy that she is now able to receive a daily meal. She “likes the variety of the food and the soup especially. My drivers have all been polite and very nice.” Ms. Hayes is grateful for Meals on Wheels for herself and on behalf of “people who can’t help themselves and no longer can do their own cooking.”Ms. Earnestine H.
I lost 44 lbs. from my cancer and the treatments, and it became really difficult to leave my house to go shop for food, so I was eating pretty poorly. My sister in Vallejo told me about Meals On Wheels and now they’ve been bringing me meals for over a year. I really do have more energy and strength now, and the variety of the food is great.Mr. Lee H.
Life changed in 2006 when Julius had a stroke. He worked hard to recover and was able to return home on New Year's Day 2007, but quickly discovered that he couldn't drive safely any more. He took many driving lessons but twice failed to pass the test—that was the beginning of a new way of living for Julius. Friends and neighbors have helped tremendously, but he soon realized that he needed regular food. Julius came to terms that it was no longer safe for him to be using the kitchen as a stroke victim, so, he enrolled in Meals on Wheels in 2007. He enjoys the variety of food, likes his drivers, and feels that the monthly fee is very worth it; as without this service he could not stay in his home.Mr. Julius G.