In March, when Gwen Secter had to close its doors, they began calling their members to check in and they noticed one common struggle, food insecurity. Seniors could not get out to buy groceries, they could not get out to the meal programs they normally attended. Executive Director Becky Chisick saw a need and began delivering meals to homes.
The meal delivery program began by delivering a handful of meals twice weekly to members in need. But demand has continued to grow, and they are now distributing over 600 meals twice weekly.
When they are able, through donations, they also distribute essential kits which contain items such as masks, hand sanitizer, cards, as well as literature as to options in the community for seniors. Over summer they obtained a grant to offer fresh produce which was distributed with meals, and through a partnership with City Bread they are able to provide challah with Friday deliveries.
In partnership with JCFS they have developed a medical transportation hotline and service, which transports seniors with mobility issues to medical appointments.
And not forgetting mental well-being they have recently launched an online music series in October, a ten week virtual concert series. This is a free program, and only requires an email to register. Please visit their website to sign up.
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre for taking care of our most vulnerable, you are truly essential to our community.