A national nonprofit that grants low-income seniors wishes opened a Southern Indiana chapter in Evansville recently.
Jodi Ferrell is the new director of the recently formed Southern Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish.
Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that grants wishes to seniors who are over 68 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level annually, or who are permanent residents of a nursing facility. The mission of Twilight Wish Foundation is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.
A lifechanging encounter with a group of senior citizens at a Pennsylvania diner was the inspiration for Twilight Wish Foundation. In 2003, Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin noticed a group of elderly women counting out their change to pay for their meal. The women – grateful and touched by this generosity – insisted on knowing who treated them to their meal. Their gratitude for her simple gesture inspired Forkin to found Twilight Wish, an organization that addresses the unmet needs of the elderly.
Ferrell has worked with the elderly and disabled for the past nine years. Six years ago, she, her husband, Kevin Ferrell, and their business partner, Jacob Pankey, started a handicapped accessible division within their existing construction company, Home Envy, specializing in housing modifications to keep individuals living independently in their homes.
After Ferrell began working more with seniors, she realized the need for nonmedical caregiving in her community and opened Almost Kin, a company that provides caregivers to those who need assistance with daily living activities.
In addition, she served both as a track and field coach and as a board member for Special Olympics.
“I was inspired to start a chapter of Twilight Wish here in Southern Indiana because I have such a passion for helping the elderly,” said Ferrell. “I am really excited about the opportunity to grant wishes here in our community.”
Since forming, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,348 wishes to deserving, low-income seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement and donations.
For more information on the Southern Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call Jodi Ferrell at (812) 5687555.