Building a Stronger, More Compassionate Community for All | Meals on Wheels People

Building a Stronger, More Compassionate Community for All

Overcoming a tumultuous past, Jordan found hope and healing with the support of Meals on Wheels People, redefining the meaning of family and community.

Jordan’s life has been a courageous journey, marked by triumphs and tribulations alike. As a child, he endured the trauma of abuse as well as the struggle for acceptance as a gay individual. “I lost a lot of family and friends,” he says.

When Jordan moved to Portland in his early 20s, he found a home at Darcelle XV Showplace, working for the late iconic drag queen. “That’s where I met my brothers,” he says, and embarked on a journey of healing. He authored books about his life story, including Out of the Closet, Into the Light, and Embraced, and donated all the proceeds to nonprofits that serve children and youth.

But in 2019, his life changed drastically when he fell and suffered a concussion that nearly affected his ability to live independently. That’s when he found Meals on Wheels People. “I’m so grateful that I have Meals on Wheels,” Jordan says. “Without Meals on Wheels, I would be in assisted living.”

Meals on Wheels People not only provided him with nourishing meals but also demonstrated genuine care, compassion, and support. The connection he developed with volunteers and staff became a source of hope and reminded him that everyone, irrespective of their background or sexual orientation, deserves to be valued and embraced.

“They are so kind to me. My little dog Faith, they’re really kind to her, too,” he says. “I have never felt close to family or friends. Meals on Wheels changed that because of their intimacy of calling and checking throughout the week. It made me feel valued.”

Meals on Wheels People is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. We are committed to feeding any older adult in need, regardless of their immigration status, national origin, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. To deny someone this basic need is not only against our mission but also our belief that everyone deserves healthy food and the community is better for it. Anyone age 60 or older and in need of a meal and human companionship is welcome. This inclusive philosophy applies to all services provided by Meals on Wheels People.

Take action today by donating to Meals on Wheels People and help provide nourishing meals, companionship, and support to older adults like Jordan. Together, we can build a stronger, more compassionate community for all.

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