Category Archives: Good Samaritan Program

What makes a not-for-profit senior living community different?

A volunteer board of trustees is holding the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America organization and its leadership accountable to the mission and the best interests of the residents. 

While shopping for a senior living community, it is common to consider the layout of the residence, the taste of the food and the friendliness of the staff as well as the financial requirements and availability of ongoing care.
But what about the operational status of the organization? A community operating with a for-profit business model vs. a not-for-profit business model can make a significant difference in the overall operation and culture of the organization.
Five major differences are worth exploring to understand the contrast better.

1. Faith-based; Mission-driven
As a not-for-profit organization, there is one governing philosophy to which all operational decisions must align- the mission!  At Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, our mission is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values.  We carry a culture that makes all decisions by wearing two lenses, one is quality, and the other is Christian values.  All things must measure up to those standards.a
2. Continuous ownership
A popular avenue through which for-profit organizations gain revenue in senior living is acquisition and resale.  In fact, it is common to see ownership change every five years or so.  However, this growth model is simply a grab at revenue which makes it a rarity in the not-for-profit sector. Enjoying the consistency of continuous ownership can be a huge plus!
3. Oversight is provided by a volunteer board of trustees
Who is at the helm of an organization?  The shareholders?  The CEO?  The Board?  In a for-profit business, many decisions are based on what will be pleasing to the shareholders.  Compare that to the way a not-for-profit is managed.  A volunteer board of trustees is holding the organization and its leadership accountable to the mission and the best interests of the residents.  The fact that this group of highly-qualified individuals serves in a volunteer capacity means that there  are no alternative motives outside of the mission. This means that residents are always the priority.  
4. Net revenue is reinvested back into the community
Just because Presbyterian Manor is a not-for-profit company doesn’t mean the organization never makes money. The real difference is how that income is managed.  Naturally, in a for-profit, revenue goes to serve the shareholders. Conversely, there are no shareholders for a not-for-profit; therefore, all net revenues go back into the community to improve the quality of life for the residents.
5. Good Samaritan Program- supported by philanthropy
One of the number one fears of American seniors is running out of money.  In more than 68 years of serving seniors, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has stood in that financial gap for those who no longer had the resources to pay for their cost of living in the community.  The Good Samaritan Program is supported by philanthropic efforts to ensure residents always have a secure future. 
Choosing a senior living community is a complex decision with many variables.  As you go through the process remember to ask these questions:
1. What is the mission of this organization and how is it implemented each day?
2. Who owns this community and for how long?
3. Who is in charge? (Shareholders? Volunteer board?)
4. What happens to net revenues?
5. What would happen to me if I ran out of money? read more

Pork dinner benefits seniors

shutterstock_508882633A barbecue pork and brisket dinner April 29 will benefit Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program. The event includes a silent auction and musical entertainment by Gary and Suze Durk.

The Good Samaritan Pork Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 718 Court St. Tickets are $20 per person for a pulled pork and brisket dinner.

All proceeds go to Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources. read more

Dinner raises thousands for seniors

Richard and Bessie Boese, Jared Boese, Jessie Anderson and Jake Lammers enjoy the Good Samaritan fundraiser. Bessie and Jessie are both Presbyterian Manor employees.

Richard and Bessie Boese, Jared Boese, Jessie Anderson and Jake Lammers enjoy the Good Samaritan fundraiser. Bessie and Jessie are both Presbyterian Manor employees.

A barbecue dinner and silent auction April 16 raised about $8,000 for Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

It was the second annual fundraising dinner for the program, said Executive Director Dawn Smith.

“I want to thank everyone who came out to the event. We could not have made this happen without so many wonderful people dedicating their time to help those in our senior living community,” Smith said. read more

Send a balloon. Show you care.

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Each year in May and June we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, recognizing important figures in our lives. Perhaps it is no coincidence that these celebrations come so soon after the season of Lent and Easter, for few other holidays better symbolize the human capacity for compassion, selflessness and unconditional love.

It is in this spirit that I am writing to you today, to remind you of our mission here at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA), and ask for your help.

Currently, for nearly 500 residents in our family of PMMA communities, the compassion of others is more than just commendable, it is vital. These are people who have outlived their resources. Without the means to support themselves, they count on us. And we, in turn, are counting on you. read more

Sending ‘Angels’ to the Good Samaritan Program

Angel Appeal Ornament_single Special angels will soon be adorning Christmas trees and holiday displays at every Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) senior living community.

The “angels” are paper ornaments that will arrive throughout the holiday season along with gifts to the annual Christmas Angel Appeal, which raises funds for the Good Samaritan Program for Benevolent Care. Donors who make gifts are asked to return paper Angel ornaments along with their gifts. The ornaments pay tribute to donors’ family members or friends and are displayed at PMMA communities designated by the donors. read more

Fundraising Dinner a Success

shutterstock_257430472A barbecue dinner and silent auction April 18 raised approximately $7,478.36 for Fulton Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Program. The retirement community’s Good Samaritan Program benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

“This was our first fundraising dinner,” said Executive Director Dawn Smith. “Our thanks to everyone who helped make this event so successful and investing in the lives of seniors in our retirement community.”

The Good Samaritan Pork Dinner and Silent Auction was held at the First Presbyterian Church.About 130 people of all ages attended.The BanastreTarleton band performed, and Presbyterian Manor managers and Advisory Council members worked the event. Nona Brown prepared the food. read more

Good Samaritan Program BBQ dinner benefits seniors

Good Samaritan ProgramA barbecue pork and brisket dinner April 18 will benefit Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program. The event includes a silent auction.

The Good Samaritan BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 718 Court St. Tickets are $20 per person for a pulled pork and brisket dinner.

All proceeds go to Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources.

For more information, call Marketing Director Keri Edwards at 573-826-4294 or send us an email. read more

Seeking ‘angels’ for Good Samaritan Program

Angel Appeal Good Samaritan Program 2014Christmas angel ornaments – each representing a gift to the Good Samaritan Program for Benevolent Care – are adding to the holiday decorations at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s senior living communities.

Donors responding to the annual Christmas Angel Appeal letter mailed this month include paper angel ornaments with their gifts. Each ornament will then be displayed at the PMMA community designated by the donor.

During the past two years, angel donors have given more than $94,000 to the Good Samaritan Program, which assists PMMA residents who have run out of funds through no fault of their own. read more