Isolated at home without work, a mother has been doing her best to make sure she and her 11-year-old son, with developmental disabilities make the best out of this pandemic.
JoJo pictured above, like many children with developmental disabilities relies heavily on consistency in his schedule and life. As many of you can relate to, the quick switch from a daily routine to life in quarantine has not been an easy adjustment for this family.
Teresa and JoJo are one of the 33 families LCAC delivers food to each week. For JoJo, his Thursday routine of seeing the same volunteers bringing food has brightened his days. Mom shared with us that JoJo loves celebrating holidays, but since his birthday fell during the beginning of the pandemic, they couldn’t have a proper celebration. Once Cake4kids re-opened their cake deliveries, LCAC quickly ordered a Toy Story themed cake and he was THRILLED!
One of their favorite restaurant’s is Glory Days. LCAC received family meal vouchers which were given to over 60 families. Teresa and JoJo were one of the families to receive a voucher. Teresa shared that she and JoJo celebrated Father’s Day with their favorite meal from Glory Days, JoJo was so happy and grateful to make this day special.
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support LCAC has given us. LCAC has been a true blessing throughout this pandemic and we truly love our volunteers they make Thursdays a day to look forward to. We love our weekly food basket and have been cooking more vegetables than ever thanks to the fresh produce. God Bless LCAC staff, volunteers and donors. It is not easy being a single mother, unemployed with little to no support. You all are angels sent from above.” – Teresa
As stressful as this pandemic has been for Teresa, she expresses her gratitude constantly. She recently took part in our online nutrition class and continues to make learning about health and healthy eating a priority.
“JoJo is a ball of pure love and joy. Our family adores JoJo, we are the ones blessed to visit them each week. We always try to make them our last delivery so we can spend extra time connecting with JoJo. Our hearts melt every time we see them because they spread such joy to others.” says Kathy (delivery volunteer).
Peter was a former client who reached out to us for help when he began battling with chronic health issues and was unable to make ends meet. In September 2019, after securing a roommate and receiving some financial assistance, Peter’s life appeared stable.
Late fall, Peter was evicted from his apartment when his roommate abruptly moved out. For months he stayed with numerous friends and family, but eventually found himself sleeping in his car. He knew, however, that this wasn’t livable and he needed help.
Last month, Peter connected with New Hope Church who put him in a motel temporarily. A conversation with Linda and Ryan at LCAC led to a connection for Peter with New Hope Housing’s homeless outreach staff. Peter is in safe housing, receiving medical and long-term housing support. Together, LCAC, New Hope Church and New Hope Housing are helping Peter start again.
LCAC is always working with our community partners to address every household’s unique circumstances and create sustainable solutions for our neighbors. Thank you to our community partners, our friends, and neighbors for working with us and helping to change lives in the community.