Retired home builder builds lifelong relationships by giving back

Retired home builder builds lifelong relationships by giving back
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - John Parker is two weeks removed from knee surgery and couldn't wait to get back behind the wheel of his trusty pick-up and deliver meals to the elderly.

"I just enjoying seeing people and enjoy helping people," Parker said.

Parker is one of many volunteers with the Meals On Wheels program through the Montgomery Area Council On Aging. On this day, Parker delivered his first meal just a few blocks away from MACOA. It's a volunteer job Parker has done for about a year now and can't imagine not doing it.

"It's an opportunity to give back. I highly recommend it to those who have the time," he said.

"Hey Miss Harris!" Parker hollered as he approaches another resident.

The second stop is the Harris resident not far from the capitol complex.

"It's finally porch-sittin' time isn't it?' he said.

Valda Harris Montgomery is her mom's primary caregiver.

"With the nutritious meals throughout the day it takes a little bit of the burden off the caregiver," said Montgomery.

John Parker spent 47 years building homes for a living. These days, he builds relationships with his clients even after a lifetime of experiences, he is still learning what it means to serve and the lessons of friendships.

"This is a more in touch with people circumstance and that's the part of it I like," Parker said.

MACOA feeds more than 300 people everyday with hot meals and that number is expected to top 400 before long.

"The need is great," he said.

MACOA'S Meals On Wheels program serves meals 5 days a week and the volunteer program has a little more than 1,100 volunteers but could always use more.

Delivering food to the elderly is something John Parker chose to do instead of staying at home during retirement. This is who John Parker is; a servant on the road.
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