The Executive Director of Homebound Meals was asked to speak to the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club here in Fort Wayne on Wednesday December 6th. The members were engaged in learning more about Homebound’ s local efforts and a few potential volunteer drivers came forward.
If you have a club or organization and are looking for a passionate energetic speaker, call the office at 260.422.3296 and ask for Barb Umber. In her words “I love to speak to groups anytime – anywhere”
Have you heard about the Amazon Smiles program?
Here’s another way for you to raise funds for Homebound Meals by simply making one small change to something many of us are doing already, shopping online with Amazon!
Here’s the details:
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com
Once you go to the website, you select the charity you want to support.
Now every time you shop on Amazon via the https://smile.amazon.com/ link, you are supporting Homebound Meals, INC of Fort Wayne!
Today, I want to share with you an easy, simple way for you to give to Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne. It’s through the Kroger Community Rewards program and costs you nothing but about 3 minutes of your time.
Homebound Meals is enrolled as a qualified charitable organization in the Kroger Community Rewards program and by simply using your Kroger Plus Card, you are able to designate dollars to support Homebound Meals!
This is in addition to the points you already are personally earning and doesn’t effect the discounts you receive when you shop at Kroger.
All you need to do is enroll before you make your next shopping trip by following this link: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow
Once you sign in, you simply look for Homebound Meals and select. We are organization 14602. This stays in place for as long as Kroger continues the Community Rewards!
Thank you for your continued support!
As we approach the end of another year of service at Homebond Meals, Inc., we want to share a couple of stories of Thanksgiving.
First from our Executive Director, Barb Umber:
After 25+ years the office chairs at Homebound Meals were failing. The hydraulics, if they were working when we started the day, would slowly lower until all of the staff were seen to be peering over their desk tops. We put out a call on social media looking for someone getting rid of or replacing their office chairs. Anything would be newer than what we had!
Less than 2 days later we received a call from Scott Hecht owner of Waynedale Lawn Care and Snow Removal. Coincidentally they have a client who happened to also be our client and shared the request with him! In addition, Scott’s wife and children drive as substitute for Homebound Meals, so they knew about us. They said that they wanted to deliver 4 brand new office chairs!
As you can see from the picture – Homebound staff found a little piece of heaven in their new chairs. No constant adjustments, wheels the would not roll or chair back that would slip for no reason. Just like children – the first thing everyone did in their new chairs was to sit and spin! Words do not seem enough to say thank you to the Hecht family and Waynedale Lawn Care, but thank-you. Your kindness and generosity is humbling.
At Homebound Meals we are also blessed to be a blessing to others. As you can imagine, since Homebound Meals started in the 1970’s delivering meals to the elderly and home bound, the original recipients of the meals from those early days have passed away. Each year we continue to grow as your generosity with time as a volunteer driver and/or financial supporter of Homebound Meals sustains this needed program for over 40 years.
Sometimes when one of our clients passes away, we are reminded of the impact of the relationships that are created. Here’s the handwritten note from the sister of one of our clients who passed away this year:
Bringing lunch to Don on a daily basis and visiting with him and myself was more help than you can imagine.
Having a conversation with me was so helpful on Don’s bad days.
Thank you for all the volunteers do.
Don’t ever forget how much you are appreciated.
Have a blessed holiday season, from everyone at Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne!
Homebound Meals, Inc. Executive Director Barb Umber announced that a $2,500 grant has been received in support of the continuing efforts of our non-profit organization, “Special thanks to the Glick organization graciously donating this grant to assist with getting hot medically tailored meals to seniors in our financially challenged sector. This contribution will assist Homebound Meals in delivering over 36,000 meals this year to Fort Wayne residents in our program. We are humbled and grateful.”
This grant was announced in observance of World Food Day, a global day of action for those who are food insecure, October 16, 2017, the Gene B. Glick Company announced it has awarded more than $300,000 to 50 organizations across eight states that are working to end food insecurity through Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable entities, funds and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity.
“Our company has a long and proud tradition of giving back to the communities where we operate through our corporate social responsibility efforts and association with Glick Philanthropies,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of the Gene B. Glick Company and Glick Philanthropies. “People form the heart of our communities, and we cannot build great communities when our neighbors go to bed hungry. This program helps provide meals for children, families and seniors who lack consistent access to high-quality, nutritious food, and reduces food insecurity as an obstacle to self-sufficiency.”
Forty-two million Americans –about one in eight– struggle with hunger, according to data from Feeding America. That includes 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors. Too often, individuals and families facing food insecurity in the United States must choose between their nutrition and basic needs such as utilities, medical care and transportation in order to make ends meet.
The 50 organizations selected for Feeding Those in Need grants were nominated by Gene B. Glick Company employees at various apartment communities across the U.S. Employees were asked to recommend the two local organizations and programs they believe make the biggest impact in addressing hunger and food security in the communities where they live and work. The Gene B. Glick Company includes 5 apartment communities in Fort Wayne, some of which have residents receiving meals from Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne.
Homebound Meals, Inc received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to support meal delivery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This donation will support on the ongoing efforts to provide hot, medically tailored meals via the volunteer network of Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne.
“This is such an amazing gift and opportunity,” said Barb Umber, Homebound Meals Executive Director. “This will allow us to expand in areas where the need is not being met.”
The grant was presented to Peg Maginn, Board President, during a check presentation ceremony, September 29, 2017 at The Summit. During the ceremony, Walmart store manager Brock Heyneman spoke about the importance of the Homebound Meals organization and the impact on the local community.
“At Walmart, we understand that organizations such as Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping Hoosiers in need live better,” said Heyneman. “Through this donation, we are hopeful that Homebound Meals will be able to extend their reach in the Fort Wayne community.”
The mission of Homebound Meals, Inc.of Fort Wayne is to enhance the quality of life and health of the homebound community by the delivery of hot, nutritional meals and visits by the HBM volunteer drivers.
Last fiscal year alone, more than 34,700 meals were distributed to the clients of Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne, by the volunteer drivers who logged nearly 49,000 miles, donating almost 11,000 service hours. The efforts of the volunteers were also recognized during the luncheon at The Summit on September 29th.
All of this is accomplished without the support of government dollars. Rather it was funded in part by generous community donations like this wonderful grant from Walmart. The need for this service continues to grow and is only limited by the number of volunteers and financial gifts. If you can help, contact our office at 260-422-3296, or click on the links at the top of this page.