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 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 and one of the Top 5 largest Meals on Wheels in the United States.

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 Support, which provide seniors food for their four-legged friends and vouchers for vet care.)

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

Our programming for seniors was further enhanced in 2021, with our merger with CASS (Cincinnati Area Senior Services). Currently, our Area Senior Services programs include: Transportation, Personal Financial Management, & Senior Care Coordination. Building Coordinators, who are social workers, assist in senior housing complexes, and we have eight Congregate Meal sites, serving community meals in Hamilton County. Our OTR Senior Center is a warm, friendly place for many seniors to socialize and find friendship and support.

Founded in 1967, CASS initially offered home-delivered meals and meals served in congregate settings in the community. CASS later broadened its services to include transportation, as well as services to help older adults deal with complex personal responsibilities, including financial management.

We recently provided 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.