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.

Thank You!

Have a blessed holiday season, from everyone at Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne!