For senior citizens, being part of whats referred to as the most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of them feeling panicked about the new normal. To help keep them safe, healthy, and loved while self-isolating, Whole Way House has been delivering free meals to those in need around the Downtown Eastside and beyond.
Whole Way House is located in the Downtown Eastside, and serves vulnerable seniors and veterans who are facing marginalization, disabilities, addiction issues, and/or mental health issues. They currently provide community-building programs and tenant support services for 133 vulnerable seniors
“We believe that when a person feels loved and valued, they are able to find purpose in life and be a part of something greater. We offer friendship and support to those who are often lonely, isolated, rejected, and forgotten,” says a statement on their website.
“We feel it is important to provide support and care to our vulnerable seniors in a positive environment in an effort to comfort and educate those who may be experiencing fear or panic.”
The team has been working tirelessly on the front lines to ensure that all of their seniors continue to maintain physical distancing while still being fed nutritious meals twice a day. They have since expanded their meal services to other low-income residences in Vancouver, as well as vulnerable people living on their own.
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The organization is currently in search of healthy, able-bodied volunteers who will assist the staff with the food cart, meal lists, and cleaning so that they can keep these at-risk seniors safe in the Downtown Eastside.
Those who are unable to volunteer but would like to donate can do so online, and even send in a letter to a vulnerable citizen at 310 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1C3.