The first thing you see when you meet Meals on Wheels client, “Rosa*” is her shining smile. It lights up the room! “Rosa” keeps a strong, positive outlook and that radiant smile despite challenges she faces.
A few years ago, “Rosa” became legally blind due to a genetic, central cone deficiency in both of her eyes. She has since been working with the Center for Vision Loss who provided her with helpful community resources, and who ultimately led her to Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Along with her vision loss “Rosa” also suffers from diabetes, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia which makes preparing her own meal difficult. When “Rosa” discovered that Meals on Wheels could provide her daily with diabetic friendly, hot meals, she was excited to try it!
Almost two years later, “Rosa” cannot say enough good things about the Meals on Wheels service and how it has improved her life. She states that the meals themselves are very good and that they have helped her to keep control of her diabetes. She says that she is happy that she no longer has to worry about how or what she is going to make to eat each day. “Rosa” also expressed her love of the Meals on Wheels volunteers. She appreciates how they are always cheerful and that she can share friendly conversations with them. Seeing the volunteers brightens her day! “Rosa’s” beloved guide dog, Rolo also looks forward to seeing the volunteers. Just as Rolo is a constant source of support and companionship for “Rosa”, she knows that Meals on Wheels will always be there for her. “Rosa” states, “I am glad that there is a program out there to help us – for that I am very grateful!”
*Client name has been changed