As a self-proclaimed “people person,” Emma Spencer smiled widely while delivering Meals on Wheels in Bellefontaine for the first time.
Individuals with the Logan County Board of DD just started bringing the hot meals to local residents this month after the United Way of Logan County made a plea for additional volunteers to help with the service, which they fund locally.
Logan County Board of DD Recreation Coordinator Rose Canter helped Spencer load up the car, locate the homes and carry in the food.
“I think it’s a good fit for our folks,” Canter explains. “They get to come out, socialize and meet new people. So we’re giving back and all the people have been so welcoming.”
Individuals from the Logan County Board of DD will cover a route in town every Wednesday. They join several other groups of volunteers, including individuals from Board of DD providers, like RTC Industries and Pos-Abilities.
RTC Supervisor Lisa Manns and RTC employee Howard White have been making deliveries on Mondays for about a year. Over the last several months, White has developed a special new friendship with Meals on Wheels recipient Gloria Ward.
“He does such a good job. He seemed bashful when he first came, but now he’s really opened up and I look forward to his knock on my door,” Ward says.
Meantime, the team of Job Coach Lisa Russell and Kelly Frangis from Pos-Abilities also delivers meals multiple times a week.
Frangis says, “It’s been really good even when it’s cold. I love to be helpful.”
Meals on Wheels, through the LifeCare Alliance agency of Columbus, has 220 clients in Logan County and serves more than 28,000 meals a year. With that kind of demand, Spencer knows her help is needed.
“The best part is I’m doing something great for the community, for those that can’t get out to the grocery store or can’t leave the house. My grandma would be so proud!”
Submitted on behalf of the Logan County Board of DD.