MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories | Volunteer News
By Sarah Park, MOWSF Intern
Rebel is a tiny Yorkshire Terrier full of energy. He will give you his loyalty for your love and maybe a little bit of his favorite snack, Pup-Peroni sticks. Rebel has been with Camille, a Meals On Wheels of San Francisco client, for more than nine years. “As soon as we saw each other, we knew we were made for each other,” says Camille, a spunky and stylish woman who once ran her own ad agency. Anyone who has been in their presence can see they have a special bond – one filled with love, loyalty and companionship.
But this February, Camille and Rebel’s relationship was put to the test: Camille was urgently hospitalized, and Rebel was placed in an animal shelter. If he wasn’t picked up in five days, Camille was told, she could lose her beloved companion for good.
A team of friends, including MOWSF volunteer Liz, came up with a plan. Camille’s friend Laura would retrieve Rebel from the pound, and Liz, her Friendly Visitor volunteer, would watch him for the night. All went well until the next day, when complications forced Camille to extend her hospital stay. A hectic work schedule meant that Liz wasn’t able to watch Rebel for long. So Liz called up MOWSF to see what could be done.
Help arrived in the form of Claire, a dedicated MOWSF volunteer with a reputation for coming to the rescue. Claire agreed to watch Rebel until Camille could come home. Since then, Team Rebel has gathered twice, once at Camille’s home and, most recently, for Camille’s birthday, which they celebrated with a dinner at the South Beach Yacht Club.
If you’re interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor volunteer, please contact Danie Belfield, Manager of Volunteer at 415-343-1311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.