Morningside Ministries named winner of $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit Grant in San Antonio

MM-Main-logo-300x108Morningside Ministries, San Antonio’s oldest and largest not-for-profit, faith-based senior care organization, is the recipient of the inaugural $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant in San Antonio, which is funded by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

Morningside Ministries currently provides residential care to more than 800 older adults in the greater San Antonio community and extensive training services for their caregivers. Using the $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant, Morningside Ministries will expand its web-based training program,, a nationally-recognized website that provides support and educational training to caregivers of seniors. The –enhanced e-learning website will provide caregivers an all-encompassing support system with educational videos on nutrition and medication management programs, mental illness, senior exercise routines, caregiver health and other valuable resources.

“The role of a caregiver can be difficult with little resources available that address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults in their care,” said Alvin A. Loewenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Morningside Ministries. “Thanks to the generous grant from Humana, countless families suddenly finding themselves in the role of caregiver will finally find the training and support they need to provide the best possible care to their loved ones, as well as for their own needs.”

In its inaugural year in San Antonio, the Humana Communities Benefit charitable giving program provided 501(c)(3) organizations in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties the opportunity to apply for this year’s grant. The Humana Communities Benefit program awards nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations a total of $350,000, provided in three installments over a three-year period.

“Morningside Ministries’ proposal to create a sustainable and life-changing support system for seniors and their caregivers exemplifies the goals of the Humana Communities Benefit program,” said Pattie Dale Tye, Vice President, Humana. “Humana has had a presence in San Antonio for more than three decades and we’re thrilled to help such a deserving nonprofit improve the quality of life for countless caregivers throughout the greater community.”

The San Antonio Food Bank, an organization that provides food and grocery products throughout Southwest Texas, and ChildSafe, a children’s advocacy center that provides hope, healing and support to children and their families who have been traumatized by abuse, were the other two finalists.

The three organizations participated in the inaugural online community vote hosted on One of this year’s many new features, the online vote gave the public the opportunity to weigh in on which organization it felt was most deserving of the Humana Communities Benefit grant. The public’s results were included during the final round of judging, which included formal presentations to a panel of community leaders and business representatives, which decided the winning nonprofit in each city.

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Morningside Ministries staff honored for outstanding service to San Antonio seniors

MM Main logoAt LeadingAge Texas’ 54th Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Austin, locals will be honored for their outstanding contributions to provide quality aging services to San Antonio area seniors.

Patsy Johnson, a resident of Morningside Ministries at The Meadows will receive The Volunteer Achievement Award. When the resident theater group found itself having to purchase plays they deemed less than interesting, the theater director decided to ask her best friend – a fellow resident whose writing ability was remarkable – to write plays for their productions. After much hesitation, Patsy got to work. After Patsy brought down the house with her first production in 2011, she has produced 11 plays that are now awaiting publication.

“At age 78, something in my brain responded. To date I have written 16 plays. As an eighty year old confined to a power chair for mobility because of muscular dystrophy, I feel blessed to have found such challenging creative outlets,” said Patsy.

Anne Shinn, an employee of Morningside Ministries has been referred to as having “a servant’s heart”. Serving as the Dining Services Director for the past 24 years, Anne is honored with the Dietary Services Award. Her accomplishments include three complete dining room renovations. What’s more, Anne invites prospective residents to a “tasting” event to sample delicious bites from Morningside’s five chefs on staff.

Two employees of The Village at Incarnate Word will also be awarded for their outstanding service to their senior living community. Rita Revilla has just celebrated 50 years in the Environmental Services Department with Incarnate Word and will receive the Environmental Service Award for her amazing work. Rita reigns supreme in laundry and has no intention of slowing down. “I feel good keeping busy,” she said. “The more I do, the better I feel. I like everything here and I am very happy.”

Debbie Gonzales, honored with the Community Service Award has been the Connections Coordinator for The Village at Incarnate Word since 2004. Making the community outreach program her passion, Debbie has created a well-balanced program including wellness, recreation, spiritual and healing activities and workshops that really make a difference in the quality of life for the seniors in the community.

Morningside Ministries Senior Living Communities and The Village at Incarnate Word are both mission-driven, faith-based, non-profit organizations that provide seniors retirement living options with the highest quality of care. Both organizations are members of LeadingAge Texas and have been serving the San Antonio area for over 50 years.

Additionally, Morningside Ministries won Website of the Year Award from LeadingAge Texas.

“Morningside Ministries is honored to receive the award for Website of the Year. We are very flattered that an organization such as LeadingAge Texas would recognize our company for this prestigious accolade.

The goal of our website is to provide a service to those in need of help or guidance. Our website allows Morningside Ministries to continue to carry out it’s mission to “Care for Those Who Cared for Us.” We are privileged to have this recognition and we look forward to growing our web presence in the years to come.”

A Unique Bequest: Evan Meade and Morningside Ministries

MM Main logoMorningside Ministries received a unique donation by an even more unique donor. The donation came on behalf of a 7th grade, Keystone middle school student named Evan Meade. Evan had requested donations to Morningside Ministries in lieu of gifts for his recent birthday. Such a unique bequest didn’t go unnoticed by staff.

“I’ve been in the business many years and we have a loyal, stable group of people who support Morningside Ministries. Most of the donors have had family members who have been cared for here at Morningside Ministries,” said Jack Rodgers, Director of Development.

“So, here comes this 13-year-old, and for his birthday, instead of birthday presents from his friends, he wants to give gifts to Morningside,” Rodgers said.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Many young people don’t have any associations with the elderly… it’s neat to see more intergenerational things going on in nursing homes,” Alvin Loewenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Morningside Ministries, agreed.

MM imageEvan is a part of a team called ‘The Randomist’ in the First Lego League (F.L.L.). This league is a worldwide robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology and teach them valuable employment and life skills. F.L.L. is a wonderful international program, and it is truly inspiring the next generation of scientist, engineers and inventors.

Each year, teams throughout F.L.L. develop solutions to real world problems and can compete for an additional “Global Innovation Award.” The theme this year is ‘Senior Solutions.’ Evan and his team of four others will conduct research, develop strategies, and implement tactics that lead to the design of a practical invention for seniors. Simply put, his goal is to better the lives of older generations to the best of his ability.