Founder's Day Service Project makes direct impact on community

Friday, October 2, a group of individual staff members from the Good Samaritan Society-Waukon and Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon were able to reach out to five senior citizens living in the local community through the Good Samaritan Society's annual Founder's Day Service Project. The staff members made changes within the homes of those senior citizens to help prevent them from falling, and those interventions ranged from night lights to ramps.
The service project was a new initiative taken on by Good Samaritan Society-Waukon and Veterans Memorial Hospital, and the goal of the project is to keep senior citizens living in their homes longer and prevent them from a costly hospital visit or nursing home stay.
“We hope to continue this project each year. We want to grow in the number of people impacted and we would love for it to be a shared community effort,” said Tatum Miller, Resource Development and Community Relations Director at Good Samaritan Society-Waukon. "This project was a powerful demonstration of Good Samaritan Society-Waukon’s obligation to share God’s love in word and deed, which led to the wonderful outcome of several seniors in our community feeling loved, valued and at peace as they live in a safer environment that they call home."
Instrumental in the success of the project was the assistance of Veterans Memorial Hospital Community Home and Heath Care and the support of Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers. Good Samaritan Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital plan to continue with this project each year, and those looking to have a fall prevention assessment done in their home next year can contact Miller at the Good Samaritan Society-Waukon at 563-568-6523.

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