Famous violinist Rosemary Siemens performs O Canada for isolated veterans
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VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for great and healthy volunteers to help pack and serve meals as we expand our Meal Delivery Program into more low income buildings. Please click the link below to be signed up for a Zoom orientation and we will be in touch shortly.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE PLAN –
Seniors Meal Delivery Program
When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, thankfully we were able to respond quickly. Within 48 hours we were able to develop a meal delivery program to help our seniors self-isolate safely and with the help of BC Housing, The Dirty Apron, Kitchen Table Group, Eden Cafe and now several other partners, we have been able to expand this program to over 600 low-income seniors, veterans and vulnerable residents in the Downtown Eastside and across the city.
Our Seniors Meal Delivery Program is more than just food (although that is absolutely essential for our vulnerable seniors) – it’s about letting them know they are loved! Knowing that someone cares enough to bring you a hot meal, check in on you and even share a laugh together makes all the difference in the world!
And they have been more grateful than we can express.
Our team has been working tirelessly on the front lines to ensure our seniors are protected during this difficult time. We feel it is important to provide support and care to our vulnerable seniors in a positive environment in an effort to comfort and educate those who may be experiencing fear or panic.
We are following the COVID-19 developments very closely as our seniors with complex health issues are at higher risk of becoming ill. We continue to monitor the latest advice from our health agencies, and want you to know that we have procedures in place to ensure best practices and protocols are being used.
Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our elderly residents and our team.
We have implemented additional measures to ensure their safety as well as the safety of our team, including:
- Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas.
- Offering food delivery service to all residents to encourage self-isolation
- Continuing to be a positive presence throughout this time
- Increasing communications and reminders with our residents, partners and employees on important health and safety measures.
- We will work together as a team to spread love, not germs!
Since March 17, 2020 we have served more than 40,000 prepared meals to over 600 seniors and residents across 19 buildings operated by non-profit housing providers (Veterans Memorial Manor, New Chelsea Society, Affordable Housing Society, Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver Native Housing).
Thank you for your continued support during this time – we are believing for the best for our seniors and veterans and your thoughts, prayers and support are much appreciated.
President & Co-Founder
Whole Way House is working closely with our local health authority, the City of Vancouver, BC Housing and the BC Non Profit Housing Association to follow best practices in physical distancing, follow infection prevention and control protocols including diligent hand hygiene and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to help keep our seniors safe. We are thankful for the support, education and leadership of our government.
Mail your Notes of Hope to 310 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1C3
This year we have added a bi-weekly Breakfast Club at the Veterans Manor to promote good health and nutrition as well as increased social interaction in the mornings.
Our ReConnect, ReBuild and ReCenter programs are always growing as we evolve with the needs of our community. Please visit the Volunteers page if you would like to see a live calendar of our current programs.
Each Legacy Chain is handstamped by someone transitioning out of homelessness and/or recovery programs and all of the proceeds go to support our community building programs for vulnerable seniors and veterans at Whole Way House.
It was inspired by Co-Founders, Jenny & Josh’s dad, Ron Konkin and his journey with terminal cancer. When he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, he said he changed his perspective from “I have to” to “I get to” and these necklaces are a great reminder to leave a legacy of gratitude and generosity.
Whole Way House Society serves the residents of the Veterans Manor at 310 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC by providing Community Building Programs as well as one on one tenant support to 133 marginalized seniors and Veterans living in the Downtown Eastside.
In May of 2017, Whole Way House was proud to partner with the Veterans Memorial Housing Society through funding generously provided by BC Housing to provide the Supportive Housing Services at the Veterans Manor. Because of this partnership, we are able to receive new tenants from the Supportive Housing Registry waitlist, provide support and access to vital resources, as well as a safe and welcoming community.
The Veterans Manor was built in 1986 in response to the housing crisis during Expo ’86 and many Veterans were being evicted. It is owned and operated by the Veterans Memorial Housing Society, has 133 units (mix of single room with 2 piece bath and full bachelor suites), a beautiful rooftop garden and outdoor courtyard and 24/7 reception staff for security.
More info at the Veterans Manor website.