Human Services

Meals on Wheels San Antonio

More than a meal

aka Grace Place Alzheimer's Activity Centers

San Antonio, TX


The mission of Meals on Wheels San Antonio is to promote the dignity and independence of seniors who are in need of nutritious meals, companionship, and Alzheimer's care.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vinsen Faris CFRE

Main Address

4306 NW Loop 410

San Antonio, TX 78229 USA


Alzheimer's, companionship, Senior services, Meals on Wheels





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Alzheimer's (G83)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

One in six seniors in America struggles with hunger, according to Meals on Wheels America. With 12,000 Americans turning 60 every day, the gap between those facing hunger and those being served with existing resources continues to widen. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. One out of ten people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, meaning 10% of the senior population must rely on another person for care. Professional care providers are pricey. Most care is unpaid and provided by family members of the affected senior. Caring for a loved one with dementia is emotionally exhausting as well as financially expensive. Many individuals find that they are no longer able to work full time while they are providing care.

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Meals on Wheels San Antonio

Grace Place Alzheimer's Activity Centers

Companionship Services


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Percentage of clients satisfied with Meals on Wheels San Antonio services

Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

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The goal of all services of Meals on Wheels San Antonio is to promote the dignity and independence of seniors and to support their ability to age in place. Specifically, seniors receiving Meals on Wheels will maintain/improve their health and autonomy by receiving one nutritionally-balanced meal daily along with a wellness check and personal visit. Seniors receiving meals report they are more confident in their personal safety, knowing that someone will visit them daily. The goal of Grace Place is to offer Bexar County an affordable alternative to premature enrollment in costly nursing facilities. Grace Place will offer safe and ability-appropriate activities for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Additionally, the centers will offer support to caregivers by providing ongoing education about the disease and making available a time for respite.

Before a senior can receive regular meal delivery from Meals on Wheels, Client Services Team Members conduct an initial in-home assessment. This first visit assesses the needs of the client and the ability of staff and volunteers to safely deliver meals. To address the immediate need, each team member carries boxes of shelf stable meals to each meeting with a potential client. Once on the program, clients are regularly assessed by a Client Services Team Member to ensure that their changing needs are adequately addressed. At Grace Place, each staff member recognizes the need to preserve a clients’ dignity and cares for each individual in the same manner as they would friends and family. Adults with Alzheimer’s spend the day at Grace Place interacting with other seniors while engaging in activities that focus on their remaining abilities rather than disabilities. Because of this reprieve during the day caregivers can resume some of their normal activities.

Meals on Wheels San Antonio over 40 years experience providing exceptional senior services through its two programs, Meals on Wheels and Grace Place Alzheimer's Activity Centers, which focus on nourishing lives, enabling independence and caring for the oldest residents in the San Antonio community. Through these two programs, the organization has made many partnerships in order to holistically meet the ever-changing needs of area seniors, helping them age in place and ultimately postpone premature relocation into expensive nursing care facilities.

We measure progress by assessments. We measure client outcomes through Client Needs Evaluation (CNE) and Nutritional Risk Assessment (NRA) surveys conducted by trained caseworkers during an initial visit and then annually for their time on the program. In 2017, 95 percent of elderly clients surveyed for the NRA reported positive nutritional outcomes, while 99 percent of the clients able to participate in the CNE reported feeling less isolated and more independent. At Grace Place, caregiver surveys produce positive findings each year. In 2017, for example, our surveys showed that: 81 percent of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease achieved a stabilized routine through mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis provided by trained staff. Our survey responses showed that 94 percent of caregivers were able to get needed rest, continue or return to work, and/or find useful resources and information about Alzheimer's through our free caregiver support groups.

In 2016, Meals on Wheels San Antonio reached a milestone, topping the 1 million mark in fresh, nutritious meals delivered to seniors in need. The organization has grown the AniMeals program, which delivers pet food to seniors who cannot afford to feed their pets. We are expanding our weekend lunch delivery services to include breakfast and weekend meal deliveries for seniors most in need. In 2017, we began work on new goals to increase the number of homebound seniors served from 5,000 to 6,000 within the next two years. We must grow the number of Meals on Wheels volunteers from the current total of 2,700 to 3,000 within the next two years. We won grant funding in 2017 to hire a new client acquisition specialist to expand our reach to new clients, and to hire two additional volunteer coordinators to increase our volunteer ranks. Next steps include hiring a staff member specifically to oversee AniMeals and to hire more Grace Place staff members. In 2017, new funding allowed us to replace two food delivery vehicles. We began work in 2017 to establish a reserve policy for vehicle acquisitions to replace 50 percent of our aging fleet of specially equipped food delivery trucks. This, and ongoing efforts to attract grants for funding new trucks, will ensure a safe new fleet of vehicles. Because we are reaching capacity, the board is creating a new reserves fund for a planned capital campaign. Our next step is to initiate that campaign. We must open, equip and staff a massive new kitchen facility to serve larger numbers over a wider area. At the same time, we are working to repair and/or replace food preparation and storage equipment in our existing kitchen facility. We must expand the number of Grace Place centers. We have renovated centers in need of repairs. Our next step for existing centers is to open sensory gardens that have been proven to help persons with Alzheimer's enjoy the advantages of seeing, smelling and touching plants in specially planted and maintained gardens. Our next step is to find suitable facilities for new Grace Place centers. We are proactively responding to evolving changes occurring at local, state and national levels, and to changes in client needs. For example, many in the growing senior population are outliving their families and their personal resources, which will leave them without the traditional support of caregivers and adequate funds for their care. To respond to these needs, we are strategically expanding our funding sources. Ultimately, we must grow the quantity and quality of our resources to ultimately double the numbers of clients served in a service area with a rapidly growing senior population. We have more than 40 years of experience and a solid foundation of success to inspire our efforts to secure more support to better serve increasing numbers of seniors in need.

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Meals on Wheels San Antonio

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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