This year, Good Neighbor House is celebrating 20 years of service, “Empowering Healthier Communities” across Montgomery County. In 1994, Good Neighbor House opened its doors, providing food, clothing, and household items to those in need. In 1996, they expanded their services to provide dental, medical, and optometry services to local underserved families. A little more than a year ago, after outgrowing their building, Good Neighbor House relocated to a new location on First Street in Downtown Dayton.
Not just a place to get food and supplies, Good Neighbor House takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of those they serve. In addition to offering food and medical assistance, clients are linked to a dietician for guidance, counseling, and advice, as well as the opportunity to participate in cooking and exercise classes. Good Neighbor House has both a food pantry and a special needs pantry designed to meet the nutritional needs of clients with various diseases that can be controlled through good nutrition. Items like no-salt added vegetables and given to those with diabetes, and gluten-free items are given to individuals who are gluten intolerant.
Starting in July, Good Neighbor House’s general pantry turned into a choice pantry! This means when a family walks in to receive food, instead of getting a bag of items, they are able to walk around and pick the items they want. “At first, we weren’t sure how well it was going to work,” said Marcia Ehlers, Assistant Director of Human Services and Outreach. “But we found that people are making healthier choices and our clients feel more at ease with coming in to receive assistance. We are neighbors helping neighbors and the choice pantry has given us a way to connect more with those we serve.”
Good Neighbor House is run by six staff members and a large group of dedicated volunteers. Dieticians and the medical team take no pay to offer their knowledge and treasure to those who, otherwise, would be unable to afford the help.
If you are interested in finding out more about Good Neighbor House, visit their website at http://www.goodneighborhouse.org/
Upcoming Events for Good Neighbor House include: