This is a motto for our program. So, for example, one of our volunteers discovered an elderly woman lying on the floor, unable to get up. After calling for an ambulance, which took our client to a nearby hospital, the volunteer heard the paramedic say, “If you hadn’t been here, she would have died.” The meal recipient was able to return home a few days later.
Another volunteer arrived to deliver a meal just as our client was being loaded onto an ambulance, having broken his arm. The volunteer called our office, and our staff contacted the client’s brother, who was extremely grateful. “If you hadn’t notified me, I might not have been able to get to the emergency room to be with my brother for who knows how long?”
On the one hand, we want to do one thing and do it very well—and on the surface, that would seem to be getting healthful food to those who need it. That’s the focus of our business and the concept behind our name. On the other hand, we recognize that the “hunger” of homebound persons in our community is for more than food, for people do not “live by bread alone.”
How should we limit or broaden the scope of what we’re willing to provide for the homebound people in our community?