Case Study: Managing Life’s Unexpected Challenges
In 1995, Joel Cohen retired from his job of 45 years as a New York City school teacher. He and his wife, Rita, moved to Florida to enjoy their retirement years, purchasing a condo in Century Village and planning to live the good life on Joel’s pension and social security. That plan worked well for many years until Rita took ill and incurred substantial hospital and physician bills. They were not destitute, but they were rightfully concerned that they would not have enough money to pay their bills, purchase medicine, and eat healthily. The Cohens turned to MorseLife’s Meals-on-Wheels program for help.
Meals-on-Wheels clients like Joel and Rita tell us that they make difficult decisions each week, sometimes choosing between paying for their prescriptions or buying fresh fruits and vegetables. In keeping with the MorseLife mission, seniors should not suffer these difficult choices after working hard their whole lives. Unlike many other organizations, MorseLife has never placed a client on a waiting list for a meal. Instead, everyone in need is served regardless of their ability to pay.
Currently, MorseLife can serve, on average, three meals to thousands of seniors each week, yet this is not enough. The goal is to serve five meals each week, providing one nutritious meal each weekday for every client that MorseLife serves. Meals-On-Wheels is only possible with significant funding from our donors, making its success dependent on your generosity.
How many indigent seniors can you help by providing life-sustaining meals every week?