Our History

We're Proud of Our History. And Excited About Our Future.

 

Up until March of 2020, we were known as Wesley Community Services. But we're now Meals on Wheels of Southwest OH & Northern KY.  While there are other local organizations that provide Meals on Wheels services, we are the only organization in our service area that has adopted the national organization's brand. We are also, proudly, the largest provider of Meals on Wheels services in the area.

Our roots trace back to 1937 when we opened Wesley House, a home for low-income seniors. In the 1940’s, the increased need for senior housing, especially for those who were indigent, became a community-wide concern. Prominent Cincinnatians such as Louis Nippert, James Gamble and The Reverend Dr. L. H. Mayfield, as well as various faith groups, rallied around the cause. In time, the Lincoln Crawford Care Center and an eight-unit building on Carmel Terrace were added to our list of facilities.

In 1981, the Meals on Wheels Program was added to feed seniors on the Wesley House, then called Wesley Hall, waiting list. This program would grow rapidly to serve the many seniors who would otherwise be without adequate nutrition, companionship and someone to check in on them. (This program now includes Pet Portions and PetKare, which provide seniors food for their four-legged friends and vouchers for vet care.)

We added medical transportation services for seniors in 1991. And, in 2015, we added Independent Living Assistance to help seniors manage some tasks, such as paying bills and scheduling doctor’s appointments, so they can remain independent in their homes.

We no longer operate senior residence and care facilities, but we still provide transportation and independent living assistance services. However, the bulk of our efforts are focused on our Meals on Wheels program, which is why we changed our name in 2020: to more immediately communicate what we do.

This year, we will provide our 8 millionth meal—that’s enough to stretch from Cincinnati to New York City and back again. We’re already looking forward to delivering our 10 millionth meal because helping seniors age in place is what motivates us every single day.

To all of the individual and corporate donors, our volunteers and employees, we thank you for all that you have done to make life for our seniors happier, healthier and safer.