The staff and volunteers in Meals Plus are at the real heart of what we do, I would like to share with you a heartfelt letter from our service coordinator, Paul, which speaks to how a meal shared can be the beginning of so much more.
My name is Paul and I’ve been working as a Meals Plus Coordinator with Parramatta Mission for 5 years. Every day I wake up grateful for the work I am privileged to do.
Since Meals Plus first started almost 40 years ago, many things have changed but our core values have remained firmly cemented in our hearts and minds. Meals Plus is not just a simple meal, it’s also a vital connector to services that address the needs and concerns of members of our community.
We pride ourselves on being there for the most marginalised, needy people and families in our community, each and every day.
Some people make a lasting impression. I was privileged to journey with a client through the last nine months of his life. A self-educated man of exceptional intellect, he had a love of music and, more importantly, a powerful humility. I will never forget being present with him in the hospital when he took his final breath. I still have his imprint.
The past twelve months has seen many changes to the way we deliver our services. We now maintain Covid-safe practices across our organisation and perform regular welfare checks.
Financial hardship and the stress of job loss due to the global pandemic continues to hit our community hard. We’ve seen an increase in demand for our services of at least 10%. With an almost total disappearance of social interaction recently, our community needs us now more than ever.
But none of this has distracted us from why we’re here. It’s the people we meet and the powerful difference they make.
I have been privileged to journey with some truly exceptional people, both clients and co-workers. A number are indented in my mind forever. There’s nothing like seeing a smile of achievement on a client’s face when they have “a win” knowing that it is THEIR credit, not mine.
This is what inspires my own passions to keep going. And more often than not, it’s the client that does more for you than you can ever do for them.
Your tax-deductible donation to Meals Plus today will ensure that we can continue to open our doors to many more in need, providing support to the most vulnerable and transforming lives.