Citymeals-on-Wheels honors Rockaway Park resident
by Jess Berry
Nov 23, 2014 | 2613 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Among 25 New Yorkers honored at the Citymeals-on-Wheels 2014 STAR Awards ceremony last week was Rockaway resident Arthur “Leon” Causey, who has repeatedly gone above and beyond the requirements of his job as an afternoon transportation driver.

Causey has served as a Jewish Association Serving the Aging in Far Rockaway employee for the past five years. During that time, he has developed a strong relationship with one meal recipient in particular, and has proven himself to be both a great employee and friend.

The meal recipient lives alone and has limited mobility and early signs of dementia. His numerous medical appointments cause him to often miss the daily meal delivery, but Causey regularly makes return trips to ensure that his elderly friend receives his meals.

When tragedy struck and the recipient’s son died, Causey rearranged his schedule in order to be able to attend the funeral. Causey also picks up his friend after his doctor and hospital appointments to make sure he gets home safely.

Executive director of Citymeals Beth Shapiro said that Causey, and the rest of the STAR Award winners, are all “life savers.”

“I would like to thank Leon and all of our STAR Award winners whose dedication, compassion and hard work ensure New York’s most vulnerable residents are safe and sound behind their closed doors,” Shapiro said.

The 25 STAR Award winners included meal deliverers, kitchen staff, coordinators and case managers. They were nominated by colleagues and administrators at senior centers across the five boroughs.

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