The kitchen is called the heart of the home for good reason. It is where soups simmer while little legs swing from chairs and warm bread sits on table tops. It is and a place where one hand balances your chin, while the other holds a strong cup of coffee. It is a place where conversations are laced both with irreverence, and seriousness. It is where you begin and end your day.
The kitchen at SCS is a busy place. Five days a week volunteers prepare Meals on Wheels for delivery; heating lunches and packing frozen meals for the thousands of meals that go out every year. Over the last six months over 3700 meals were delivered by volunteers to homes all over North Grenville. Each week the kitchen welcomes one of the Diners’ Club lead cooks who begin to prepare the weekly luncheon that is served every Wednesday to 20 clients. From a Newfoundland Jiggs dinner to a Halloween themed meal, the Diners’ Club is a full house.
“I live alone and not much of a cook. My meals come from boxes and cans. Every Wednesday I look forward to a homecooked meal, and great conversations with friends.”
The Diners’ Club had to stop during the height of the pandemic, and when Shoeless Joe’s heard that this important gathering was stalled, they stepped in. Owners Jeff Underhill and Lucky Silva know the importance of reducing social isolation and were called into action. Each week they made twenty homemade meals that were delivered to the centre then door to door by our incredible volunteers. These meals served as a reminder of the caring community that recognizes the importance of supporting those aging in place.
This year the Wick Witch Apothecary in Merrickville partnered with SCS, and filled vintage tea cups with their signature soy wax for a fundraiser to support the Diners’ Club. Tea cups were donated by Susie M’s Hidden Treasures and local individuals in support of this unique fundraiser in support of the Diners’ Club. They are a perfect hostess or holiday gift, and a lovely addition to any table. SCS has a limited number of these cups left and we hope to sell out before the holidays.
With Giving Tuesday on the horizon this November 29th, we thank you for thinking of SCS, and supporting the programs and services that encourage independence and wellness for hundreds of seniors and adults with physical disabilities in your community.