Whitemarsh House resident, Eileen Bilger, was honored for her outstanding volunteerism in the Winter Issue of Meal Times, the Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels newsletter and in the June 30, 2016 issue of the Chestnut Local newspaper. Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels featured Eileen in their Volunteer Spotlight and had this to say:
Eileen Bilger has helped pack meals for Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels every Monday and Tuesday for the past year ensuring that each meal is accurately packed according to specific client choices. In other words, Eileen knows exactly who doesn’t get soup, who’s allergic to peanuts, and who gets extra veggies. And she makes sure the meals are packed to reflect those preferences. Eileen’s enthusiasm for her work is contagious – no matter how early in the morning it is, she shows up on time and ready to get packing! A quick and serious learner, she mastered the packing process from day one on the job.
A number of years ago, Eileen was involved in a car accident that left her with a brain injury. Today she is a resident of Whitemarsh House in Flourtown. Whitemarsh House is a personal care residence for people with brain injury. Bill Walter, the Clinical Director at Whitemarsh House, was the person who originally reached out to ask if Eileen (who has a background in food services) could help us. And we are so very happy that he did!
Through this volunteer work, Eileen is learning transferable job skills that will help the Office of Vocational Rehab open a case for her to go back to paid employment. Packing custom meals for Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels clients may open the door for her to work at other food prep facilities also charged with assembling custom meals.
Those of us who spend time with Eileen know how very proud she is of her work. Her family, including her parents, brother, sister and her cat, Midnight, are also very proud of her progress. Eileen’s time with us makes a significant difference in the lives of many of our vulnerable neighbors. Eileen’s talents and humor in the kitchen continue to bring smiles to many and make the work we do even more meaningful and enjoyable. Thank you, Eileen, for bringing smiles to so many!
All of us at Whitemarsh House are proud of the amazing contribution that Eileen has made to the community at large. Congratulations Eileen!
Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit, community based service organization providing affordable quality meals to our homebound neighbors.