December 13, 2022
BRYAN, TEXAS — The Brazos Valley Meals on Wheels program will continue to serve daily meals to hundreds of local residents, including many seniors living at or below the poverty level. Oldham Goodwin sponsored a partnership to purchase and improve the facility that houses Meals on Wheels after it went on the market, which initially put the home and operations of the vital community resource at risk.
“When we heard this essential program was in danger because the building they operate out of had to be sold, we made it a priority to find a solution,” says Oldham Goodwin CEO Casey Oldham. “Our investors flooded us with calls asking how they could help. We are thrilled to announce today that we will be purchasing the building and plan to fund several improvements that will be a win for Meals on Wheels, the people they serve, and the community around their facility.”
“Our one and only mission is to ensure that our local Meals on Wheels has a quality, stable homebase to do the crucial work they do in our community for a very long time without having to spend money on a new facility,” Oldham adds.
Brazos Valley Meals on Wheels director Ken Barnes describes the importance of continued operations at the organization’s long-time home base.
“For over four decades Meals on Wheels in Brazos Valley has been a lifeline for seniors, not just for nutrition but also serving as a wellness check for many who don’t get visitors. We make sure our clients are safe, fed and living in healthy environments,” says Barnes. “This joint effort by Oldham Goodwin and its partners is absolutely the greatest Christmas present we could have asked for. Now we can continue operations and work to increase our reach to serve even more seniors.”
Several local individuals and businesses have joined the effort to save Meals on Wheels’ home, including accounting firm Thompson, Derrig & Craig and attorney Jeff Paradowski.
“Getting involved to help a vulnerable population like our community’s seniors was a no brainer; I had to do everything I could,” says Paradowski. “This deal is a win-win for everyone, and I am so thankful to be a part of it. This lifesaving building served over a thousand meals per day to our community during Covid and now can continue to be dedicated to this noble purpose with no future fear of being shut down.”.
Bryan Mayor Bobby Gutierrez says the Meals on Wheels building purchase also helps with ongoing efforts for downtown revitalization.
“The City of Bryan is all about the responsible redevelopment of our downtown and protecting our citizens; this project will do both. We are so grateful a concerned group of community members were able to come together and make it happen.”
About Meals on Wheels
Brazos Valley Meals on Wheels is a food service whose primary focus is to provide nutritional services to the elderly population of the Brazos Valley for persons living at or below poverty level, disabled and unable to prepare a meal for themselves. All meals meet the recommended dietary allowances established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science. Meals on Wheels is a Community Partner of United Way of the Brazos Valley. The Meals on Wheels building sits on the corner of South Bryan Avenue and West 30th street.
About Oldham Goodwin
Oldham Goodwin is a fully-integrated commercial real estate investment, brokerage, development, and management company that specializes in hotel, multi-family, and commercial properties and master-planned communities throughout the state of Texas. Our highly skilled professionals work together as a team to provide clients with accessible and reliable results in the real estate sector. Strategically headquartered within the heart of Texas in Bryan-College Station, Oldham Goodwin has additional offices to serve the greater Houston, San Antonio-Austin, Waco-Temple-Killeen, and Dallas-Fort Worth markets.