Meet Three Clients
Our clients come to us for a variety of reasons, stay with us for short or long durations and need meals a few days a week or every day. Whatever their reasons, we are here to help and glad they found us. Meet three of our clients who chose to share their stories.
William “Bill” Walton started receiving meals just over six years ago. He contacted us when his wife fell ill and could no longer do the cooking. Sadly, Bill lost his wife recently and has suffered illness himself; that’s why he’s stayed a MOW client for so many years. Bill is a talented musician and artist. When in the Navy his artwork appeared in the South Atlantic News; in his civilian career he was the art director for IBM and shared his talents with many organizations. Bill is still surrounded by his music and instruments - he plays the banjo, ukelale, guitar, keyboard and harmonica! He also coached the Ridgefield Little League and Pop Warner football for many years. Bill enjoys seeing and saying “hello” to our drivers and confirms, “MOW never misses a meal!”
1995 was a tough year for Phyllis Franceschini; she lost her husband and soon thereafter suffered a serious illness that put her in the hospital. When she returned home she realized she would be unable to shop for or prepare her own meals and thought to call Meals on Wheels. Phyllis began receiving meals 7 days a week. Over time her health improved and she found she didn’t need meal service quite so frequently and reduced her meal service to three days a week, which is what she currently receives. Phyllis prepares meals on the weekends and one of her sons, who lives with her, helps during the week. Meals on Wheels fills the gaps. Phyllis is a Ridgefield native and worked for 20+ years at the old Genovese pharmacy. She tells us Meals on Wheels is the best service in town - we meet her needs and are very reliable!
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll moved to Ridgefield in 1958 and started receiving meals in February of this year. Twenty-five years ago Mrs. Carroll distinctly remembers meeting a woman in the A&P grocery store who was having difficulty doing her own shopping. She offered to help and soon began driving her to and from the grocery store. As time passed, the woman began receiving Meals on Wheels and Mrs. Carroll noticed how wonderful the meals looked when she visited her in her home. And now, 25 years later, when Mrs. Carroll realized she could no longer cook for she and her husband, her memory of those delicious meals prompted her to call Meals on Wheels. Mr. Carroll does some of the cooking today and they have children in the area who help out when they can. Meals on Wheels fills the gap so no one family member gets overburdened. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll particularly like our ham and cheese sandwiches, meat loaf entree and cakes. They also really enjoy the occasional gifts we pass along that were made by local school children.