Meals & More Capital Campaign
We have a unique opportunity to purchase property next to our current MOW Distribution Center that provides much-needed storage, office, and training space. This would allow us to reconfigure the existing MOW building to maximize meal preparation space, increasing our capacity to add more seniors to the program and to better serve existing clients with supplemental services. The cost of the building is $1.3 million; we have raised $810,000 to date and are seeking additional gifts to help us reach the goal.
Once the new property is acquired and renovated for use, we expect to add 500 seniors in the first full year, with long-term growth year by year. This would be a total of 125,000 more lunches delivered in the first year alone. The campus reconfiguration, resulting in more volunteer space and storage, would also allow us to increase the number of seniors who receive breakfast in addition to lunch. Currently, about 1,100 of our frailest and most isolated seniors receive breakfast. With the new building, we could serve an additional 500 seniors with breakfasts in the first year alone, resulting in 182,000 more breakfasts served.
The added Meals on Wheels storage would also allow us to add more variety to our lunch menu, to better serve seniors with special needs- such as diabetics. It would allow us to store more emergency, non-perishable food to be used in the event of a hurricane, winter weather, etc. It will include larger freezer space, allowing us to store more frozen weekend meals. More frozen meals allow us to move seniors off the wait list sooner, if a hot meal route is not immediately available to them.
One of MOW’s programs, Hospital to Home, delivers meals on a short-term basis to recently discharged hospital patients. The daily meals, accompanied by a wellness check, decrease costly hospital re-admissions. We are proud to partner with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann in this endeavor. The new property will allow us to achieve better efficiency and capacity in this program to better serve these patients, and to carry a better variety of meals to meet their unique medical needs. Hospital to Home not only serves a vulnerable population, but expands the vision of MOW and develops the partnerships of the future.
The new property will include a dedicated Volunteer Welcome Center, allowing us to recruit and train more volunteers.
A new Maternal Women’s Health program, with this new space, will be able to reach at-risk mothers. These young women will receive up to three meals per day once the program is fully operational. The new property will enable IM to store, assemble and distribute even more maternal meals in the future -a task that would be impossible within our current limited space. The potential for this project could rise to as many as 25,000 mothers if just one community insurer were included.
A Challenge from the Cook Family
In June 2013, Robert L. Cook – or “Bob” as we called him – passed away at the age of 92. He left a legacy for us to manage wisely, with the charge of distributing funds to worthy charities that aligned with his values. One of those values was senior care. For this reason, we have chosen to make a very special gift to IM for the purchase a new building that will expand their Meals on Wheels services, especially in the area of healthcare integration. IM is currently leasing the property from an angel investor, with an option to buy, but will incur a hefty property tax bill if they cannot purchase it by December 31, 2018. They have raised over half of the funds needed, but still need approximately $750,000 to reach the goal.
In the spirit of our Uncle Bob, we are offering a challenge grant. We will contribute $250,000 and challenge the community to contribute the remaining $500,000 – a 1 to 2 match – if the funds can be raised by December 31, 2018!
Bob did not have children or grandchildren. Yet, in his golden years Bob was able to continue living in his home with support of his nieces and nephews, caring friends, dedicated caregivers, and his beloved dog Chico. So many Houston seniors have no one, and it makes us sad to think of an elderly neighbor all alone. That’s why we appreciate and support the work of Meals on Wheels and why we know Bob would, too. This vital program delivers a meal and more to over 4,000 homebound seniors across the community and delivers pet food to their cats and dogs through the aniMeals program.
Bob, like many Meals on Wheels seniors, was a proud veteran. He joined his four older brothers in military service during World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning to his hometown, Houston, after the war, Bob and Jack Holle founded Cook and Holle, a distinguished mechanical engineering firm, which remained successful for over 70 years. Our uncle was fortunate to have family and friends nearby who could give him assistance and companionship in his final years. Many seniors live alone with no relatives nearby. Sometimes, the Meals on Wheels driver is the only regular visitor they receive!
Of course, every senior should have nutritious food to eat and someone to check on them daily. These seniors are parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, veterans, colleagues, and friends. To IM, they are simply neighbors. We hope you will respond to our challenge by making a gift to the Meals and More Capital Campaign before December 31st. If IM can raise 2/3 of the remaining $750,000 needed – or $500,000 – we will gladly show our support with a $250,000 contribution.
Thank you from Bob Cook’s family, including nephews:
Peter Cook, Steve Cook, Richard Cook
Robert L. Cook (“Uncle Bob”)
Naming opportunities are available throughout the IM campus and can be pledged over 1-3 years:
|Interfaith Ministries Campus||$3,000,000|
|New Building (3215 Fannin)|
|Building Naming Rights||$1,000,000|
|Volunteer Welcome Center||$500,000|
|2nd floor office (4 available – priced per office)||$25,000|
|At the Brigitte & Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect|
|Pillar of Light/Reverend Lawson||$250,000|
|Pillar of Light/Rabbi Karff||$250,000|
|Interactive Interfaith Display||$250,000|
|Tree of Life Courtyard||$180,000|
|In the Albert & Ethel Herzstein Building (3303 Main)|
|Refugee Services Suite||$100,000|
|President & CEO Office||$50,000|
|Communications Director Office||$25,000|
|Development Offices (2 available)||$25,000|
|Executive Assistant Office||$25,000|
|Executive Conference Room||$25,000|
|Facility Director’s Office||$25,000|
|Refugee Services Deputy Director Office||$25,000|
|Volunteer Houston Director’s Office||$25,000|
|WT & Louise J Moran Meals on Wheels Distribution Center (3202 San Jacinto)|
|Meals on Wheels Assembly Hub||$250,000|
|First Floor Storage Room (2 available)||$75,000|
|Client Services Office||$25,000|
|Client Data Office||$25,000|
|Hospital to Home Office||$25,000|
|Volunteer Manager Office||$25,000|
or More Information:
Maria Magee, Chief Development Officer
Ph: 713.533.4924 Email: email@example.com