This Grant Kept Meals on Wheels Rolling

Homebound seniors don't have to wait for a hot meal thanks to a generous donation.


- Posted on Mar 8, 2019

Stacy Kahri, Director of Operations for Generations, accepts a check from Northwood Retirement Community Office Manager Jennifer Wilson and administrator Diane Jones. The money, a grant from the Good Samaritan Society, will help fund the Meals on Wheels.

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A social accountability grant from the Good Samaritan Society is helping make sure homebound seniors in southwest Indiana don't have to wait for a hot meal.

Watch the video below to learn more.

It's important that we not only bring people in, but we go out into our communities as well.” –Jennifer Wilson, Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community office manager

Because of the large number of local seniors living at home and in need of a warm meal, there was concern that Generations, the area’s agency on aging that runs a Meals On Wheels program, would have to start a waiting list. 

That’s when the staff at Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community applied for and received a $1,500 social accountability grant from the Society to make sure the waiting list isn't needed. Generations covers a five-county area, including Dubois County, home to Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana.

“We serve a total of 800 clients a day,” says Generations Director of Operations Stacey Kahri. “In Dubois County, we serve about 350 clients a day.

”Generations has a lot of the same values and missions and goals that we do at Northwood Retirement Community and the Society as a whole,” says Northwood’s Jennifer Wilson. 

“It's important that we not only bring people in, but we go out into our communities as well.”

Nobody wants to answer that phone and say, ‘I'm sorry, we can’t help you.’” – Stacey Kahri, Generations Director of Operations

Stacey says that because of the grant from the Good Samaritan Society and other grants like it, Generations can serve their clients without having to put them on a waiting list. 

“Nobody wants to answer that phone and say, ‘I'm sorry, we can’t help you.’”

The Good Samaritan Society awards up to $50,000 each year in social accountability grants. Grants of up to $2,500 are given to start or support projects focused on homelessness and hunger in the communities the Society serves.

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