Goessel grants support meals, health programs

Representatives of healthful programs in Goessel hild their GCF grant awards. Pictured from left are: Kim Funk, Tabor Food Pantry coordina­tor; Laura Dailey, Goessel Library director; Susi Shipp, Goessel Elementary After-School Program director; Eric Schrag, Bethesda Home CEO/administrator; and Steve Banman, Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Board president.
Representatives of healthful programs in Goessel hild their GCF grant awards. Pictured from left are: Kim Funk, Tabor Food Pantry coordina­tor; Laura Dailey, Goessel Library director; Susi Shipp, Goessel Elementary After-School Program director; Eric Schrag, Bethesda Home CEO/administrator; and Steve Banman, Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Board president.
Bethesda Home recently received $900 from the Goessel Community Foun­dation Community Seniors Endowed Fund and $100 from the Goessel Com­munity Foundation Impact Fund for the Bethesda Home Friendship Meal Program.

The program provides an average of 188 meals per month to community residents with limitations. These meals are delivered to their homes by a team of about 20 volunteers.

“The need in this small community remains high and recipients are very grateful for the well-balanced meal,” according to Pete Flaming, Bethesda development director.

“These funds provide the resources for the individualized trays with disposable inserts that keep the cold foods cold and the warm foods warm and for a portion of the actual meal costs.”

Flaming said the program generates frequent comments from recipients, such as, “The food is very tasty and the variety is great” and “Please keep these meals coming.”

Bethesda Home has served the frail and elderly of the broader Goessel community since 1899.

“Our mission is to be a Christian community dedicated to provide the highest quality care in the name of Christ for the retired, frail and elderly with emphases on: health care and nutrition, physical fitness, spiritual well-being, emotional stability, and a comfortable living environment,” Flaming said.

Bethesda is gratified about the success of the Friendship Meal Program.

“There is clearly a need for home-delivered meals in the Goessel community as the population continues to age,” Flaming said. “We have found that for some, this is the only well-balanced meal they receive for that day.”

He said the program enables individuals to stay in their own homes longer while keeping the residents well nourished.

The primary source of funding for this program is the participation from recipients of the meals, who contribute $5 per meal. Annual fee revenue is around $11,305; donors are encouraged to make up a shortfall of about $6,675 after the grant dollars were received.

Other grant awards

The $1,000 combination grant from the Goessel Senior Endowment and the Impact Fund was the largest single sum, but several additional grants were awarded:

• $400 for Goessel Elementary After-School Program from the Impact Fund; it will toward play equipment and supplies.

• $300 to Goessel Public Library from the Impact Fund to purchase large-print books that cost about twice as much as regular books.

• $500 to Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum from the Impact Fund for painting the Schroeder Barn on the museum grounds.

• $300 to Tabor Food Pantry from the Impact Fund for purchasing Keith Foods cards and items needed by the pantry.

In addition to the issuing the grant awards, Donna Spoonemore was recognized for her work in raising more than $1,100 for the Founda­tion’s “Dustin Thiesen Student Opportunity Scholarship” by sponsoring a benefit 5K run, walk or jog.

James Voth and John Fast, GCF board members, presented a humorous skit, “The Foundation Gospel According to James and John,” which developed the evening’s theme: building foundations.

Goessel Community Foundation’s current fundraising campaign seeks to raise $117,000 for the Impact Fund by the end of the year.

Tax-deductible contribution can be sent to Goessel Community Foundation, P.O. Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053.