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‘Good Samaritan’ donors ensure residents are well cared for

Every resident at Topeka Presbyterian Manor carefully planned their retirement. But sometimes that isn’t enough.

Fortunately, the Good Samaritan Program is there for residents have outlived their financial resources.

At Topeka Presbyterian Manor, an average of 57 residents benefit from the 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 through no fault of their own.

“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.”

The program’s namesake is the subject of one of Jesus’ parables, which appears in the Gospel of Luke. The Good Samaritan finds a man in need by the side of the road. Instead of passing by, he cares for the man. Jesus told the story in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

Our “neighbors” are members of the wider community, Presbyterian Manor employees and other residents. Many include the program in their estate planning. Each donor helps ensure each resident at Topeka Presbyterian Manor will be well cared for.

“The Good Samaritan Program ensures that each of our residents have a home for the rest of their lives,” Sarah said. “It goes to the heart of our mission to offer quality care to everyone we serve.”

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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