The Good Samaritan Mission (GSM) is the annual fund for Episcopal Retirement Services. It exists to enrich the lives of older adults, providing life-changing services every day. With your help, in 2022, ERS will invest more than $2 million in core Good Samaritan Mission programs to serve nearly 6,000 people.

DAVID LOWRY- Who is my neighbor and how shall I love her?

Resident Financial Aid, Affordable Living, Meals On Wheels deliveries, spiritual services, and health screenings…these are just some of the programs that empower older adults to live with dignity thanks to your support of the Good Samaritan Mission Fund (GSM).

David Lowry, a 17 year resident of Marjorie P. Lee, has witnessed and experienced the impact of the GSM on his loved ones and neighbors.  In this video, he asks himself, “Who is my neighbor and how share I love her?” to share how personal the GSM is to him and all who play a part in it- from beneficiary to care provider to donor.


The GSM Funds Critical Needs

Charitable gifts are crucial to ensuring we holistically meet the needs of the older adults we serve. Thanks to generous donors, past and present,  we were able to provide the following support in 2021:

Residential Financial Aid: $1.5M

Residential Financial Aid fulfills the ERS promise that no Deupree House or Marjorie P. Lee resident who has outlived his or her resources will ever be required to leave for financial reasons.

Affordable Living by ERS: $333,000

Affordable Living by ERS serves lower-income seniors to ensure they live independently with dignity and enjoy safe and enriching lives regardless of their financial situation. We provide them with rent-subsidized living that includes a variety of options and services.

Spiritual Care: $274,000

Spiritual Care serves the spiritual needs of residents and their families, regardless of their denomination. Our care is an integral part of ERS living and includes staff chaplains and partnerships with neighborhood clergy and lay volunteers.

ERS Staff Assistance: $39,000

The Staff Assistance Fund provides financial aid to our most valuable resource, our dedicated staff, through tuition assistance and emergency relief.

Parish Health Ministry: $38,000 

Parish Health Ministry provides the tools to empower individuals moving toward improved health of their body, mind, and spirit through the promotion of health within ERS communities, partner congregations, and the region at large. 

Volunteer Coordinators: $26,000

Volunteer Coordinators empower Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee community members to serve in a variety of capacities, including leadership roles. This is within our communities, as well as through outreach programs that positively impact the lives of all those served.

Community Outreach: $24,000

Community Outreach programs promote healthy and fulfilling aging by sharing the expertise of ERS team members, residents, and volunteers. ERS also supports worthy organizations through philanthropic contributions. 

Partners In Care Fund: $3,000

Partners In Care Fund improves the lives of ERS residents, giving them comfort and meeting basic daily needs. It provides items such as durable medical equipment, prescription medication, furnishings, and necessary services not covered by insurance.

Deupree Meals On Wheels*

Deupree Meals On Wheels* keeps Cincinnati seniors living independently with the help of caring staff and volunteers who deliver nutritious meals and compassionate companionship. They also provide pet food, personal care items, and even small appliances to help seniors manage independently in their homes.

*The Meals On Wheels program experienced growth in meals and growth in clients. Costs and staff levels were maintained while reimbursement increased. Therefore, 2021 ministry costs were $0.


Learn More About GSM

To make a contribution or for more information on the work of the ERS Good Samaritan Mission, please contact Susan Cleverly at (513) 979-2309 or You can also click here to download the 2021 Ministry Report.

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