Our Stories

 

KATY CHUMBLEY 

At the end of this month, Katy Chumbley, Concord C.C. Café’s on-site manager, is retiring after an impressive 32 years of service. One of the first things you notice about Katy is her calm demeanor. As racks of food are wheeled through the kitchen and food trays are being prepared by busy volunteers and served to a room full of hungry guests you get the sense that this is a finely tuned operation with Katy quietly directing it all from behind the steaming bank of food warmers. 


 


 

 

DAN H. 

“Dan Hungerford was a private man, and he did not expect accolades for his generosity,” remembers Dan’s old friend and neighbor Nancy D. “I think if you asked him why he gave so generously to Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR) and other organizations, he would simply say that it was the right thing to do.” Dan made a big difference in seniors’ lives. He grew up during the Great Depression and knew what it meant to go without. He did not want others to experience the agony of going without food and as a result was a regular supporter of MOWDR’s various programs for over twenty years.

 


 

 

SUSAN H.

Susan H. is a Meals on Wheels Diablo Region client with a wealth of experiences and of stories from her past career as a writer. She was raised by her mother and father in Washington D.C., where her father worked as a writer for the Supreme Court and her mother as a lawyer. She spent her adolescent years attending an all-girls Catholic school and touring the nation’s capital museums. At age 17, Susan was determined to attend U.C. Berkeley, despite her parents’ concerns about her having enough support while far away in California....

 


 

 

CONNIE AND AL

In February of 2002 Connie and Al Amador lived rich, fulfilled lives. He worked as a marine mechanical engineer and she was an HR professional. For the proud parents of two boys and one girl, family was (and remains) everything. They relished watching their children excel and grow up in their Pleasant Hill home and raised them with the same beliefs and principals instilled by their immigrant parents. Always striving to lead by example through love and kindness Connie and Al decided to find a volunteer opportunity they could participate in together...


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARV & BOB

As Marv aged, he became dependent on his walker, needed help to take care of his basic needs, forfeited his license due to a medical condition, and as a result lost much of his independence. When Marv realized that the fulfillment he received from life-long community involvement and his active lifestyle were at risk, he reached out to his local senior center and was referred to Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR). Once his physical needs were addressed, we asked Marv if he would be interested in receiving visits from a Friendly Visitors Program volunteer. Meals on Wheels told me somebody would come and
visit with me and help me do things....

 


 

 
HAZEL
 
When Maurice was 21 he married the love of his life, Hazel. The two became inseparable--raising a family, joining a ministry together, building a fulfilling life. As Maurice aged, he began to face medical issues. The life he and Hazel had built became more challenging as she was faced with his full-time care and little support.....
 
    

 


 

HELEN & STERLING
 
At 103 years old, most of Helen’s remaining family lives outside of California, and being confined to a wheelchair makes it very difficult for her to leave the board and care home where she lives in Concord. Helen’s son, Larry, in an effort to keep her active and engaged when he was unable to be with her, started looking into companionship programs....