The first time Willie visited the CCC it was for help. He shopped in the food pantry, was given food, assistance
with food stamps and the like. As he was getting himself
back on his feet, he started doing a lot of volunteer work with
them around the senior program. When he was volunteering,
he was doing all the same work he is doing now. Some
money was found to get him paid and he got on staff.
The thing that really inspires him is helping out each day.
You will come in and check on each individual, is there
anything in their home that look unsafe? Is the house well
kept? Each one has something small they need help with. May it be flipping a mattress to
maybe just having a conversation. These small things mean a lot to the seniors. Often it is just
knowing that someone is around to call on that can bring peace of mind and confidence for
someone. You can never be in a rush because that is not showing them love, that is just treating
them as work. This place is about showing them love. That love has to be present in all the
actions your do.
To make a living Willie has two other jobs in addition to this one. It is a hard schedule to keep
but the reason he is doing it all is for his daughter. With all of this work they are not able to eat
as healthy as he wishes they could. He ends up having to get a lot of fast food for them just
because he does not have the time to cook it. Which he knows is not right, he talks about
nutrition with the seniors all the time, but it is hard to follow in his own life.
He wants his
daughter to have a better life and live in a better world than the one he has known. She is in
high school now and is as smart as a whip. All she really does is study and is a straight ‘A’
student. She definitely will be going to college; she does not know what she will study yet but
will use the time for some self-exploration. In the meantime, seniors all over Palm Beach County
know the secret knock that means Willie is at the door with much needed food and love to give.