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Good Samaritan Program allows employees to support residents

Becky Nash and Ashley Lee are among the Parsons Presbyterian Manor employees who donate part of each paycheck to the Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources.

Both women became donors after hearing about the program during their employee orientation. Ashley’s motivation for giving is the knowledge that her dollars go directly to the residents she works for.

“I like knowing that I’m making a small contribution each payroll — especially now,” said Ashley, a certified nursing assistant. “When I started here, I didn’t know I was going to build the great relationships I have now with residents.”

At Parsons Presbyterian Manor, an average of 29 residents benefit from the Good Samaritan Program, said Sarah Oenning, vice president of giving for PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America). The program includes the discounting of fees and payment of some expenses for residents who have exhausted their assets due to circumstances beyond their control.

“It’s designed to meet room and board needs, first and foremost,” Sarah said. “That said, each community works to provide the big and little things that make quality of life a priority — new slippers or eyeglasses, for example.”

A presentation about the program at an all-staff meeting impressed Becky so much, she decided to increase her payroll contribution.  

“It’s comforting to know they will have a little bit of money, even just to buy a can of pop or a candy bar,” Becky said. “It makes me feel good that I can help them out.”

All current residents are eligible to apply for help from the Good Samaritan Program, which is designed so that beneficiaries’ identities are kept confidential.

To learn more and to help a senior in need, visit, or call 1-800-336-8511.

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