Meet Paul Knott, of Neighborhood Alliance, who has been delivering meals to homebound senior citizens throughout Lorain County for over 12 years. Paul has made it his personal mission to make sure the over 80 seniors he serves every weekday receive a hot meal, warm smile, and the comfort of a friendly visitor.
The value of the delivery service goes well beyond providing meals for homebound beneficiaries. In most cases, the meal Paul delivers is the only meal of the day for these seniors – and without it, many clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or medication and housing expenses.
Paul’s work does not go unnoticed by those who use the program and who wait each day for his knock at the door. Paul has formed relationships with each senior on his route and knows each one by name. The visits from Paul mean a great deal to the seniors who look forward to seeing him and could be the only social interaction some of the recipients have in the course of a day, or even a week. Paul keeps a close watch over these seniors, and has helped in other ways, too, from getting utilities reconnected to literally saving lives when he discovered some clients in need of immediate medical attention. This daily health and safety check is a great reassurance that our senior citizens are looked after regularly.
Through our partnership with Neighborhood Alliance, Community West Foundation provided a $50,000.00 grant for the Senior Home Delivered Meals Program to help seniors struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Of the nearly 500 seniors served by the program, nearly 80% are living at or below the Federal Poverty Level. Last year, when we learned that the holiday meal program was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funds, we generously funded the program from the Presidential Fund to ensure that meal recipients were not forgotten during the holidays.
As our senior population continues to grow, expanding community based programs and services is essential. The epidemic of hunger in our own backyard has settled into a new reality for too many of our neighbors. Seniors deserve our special care and attention and should never go hungry. To make your contribution to Neighborhood Alliance, visit www.myneighborhoodalliance.org/. You may also support any of the organizations listed below that provide valuable support to our hungry neighbors.
The Community West Foundation is pleased to partner with a network of agencies during a time when the need for food in our community has greatly increased. We have directed significant resources to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, Second Harvest Food Bank (Lorain County), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, The Hispanic Senior Center, The Salvation Army, The Village Project, WSEM Food Centers and Rocky River Meals on Wheels.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who gave with us last year. The uphill climb towards eliminating hunger and homelessness in the Cleveland area is nowhere close to over, but we can take this moment to recognize our past achievements.
Last year, Community West Foundation received $3.5 million in donations, thanks to the tremendous generosity of donors like YOU! Here’s a look at who your money has helped in the past year and beyond: http://bit.ly/1PSEqqg – #CLE#GiveBack