Seated at several tables, a variety of community members sat, ate and enjoyed the company of others at Johnson Park Place in Redwood Falls this past Friday. Those who came enjoyed a hot beef commercial courtesy of the Good Samaritan Society which has been making a concerted effort to raise awareness of what it is and what it does for the people it serves.

“We are working to do more in the community as a whole and to bring seniors in the community together,” said Kari Benson, director of activities and resource development for Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritan, which owns and operates Johnson Park Place, an assisted living facility, and Sunwood, a long-term care site, in Redwood Falls, has made a number of changes to its facilities and its services and wanted to provide an opportunity for the community as a whole to come and see what it has to offer, said Benson. The free meal is just one of several events it has held in the past, with more being offered in the months to come.

The meal Friday brought people from as far away as Sleepy Eye, Willmar and Sacred Heart, added Benson, and some who came for the meal had never been to take a look at what Good Samaritan has to offer. While the special events are happening on a regular basis, Benson said the public is invited to come and check out the amenities and join in on the activities, such as Bingo, coffee time and educational programs. Benson said it is a lot of fun to see people from the community when they come to one of the special events or stop by to visit.

“It’s nice to just bring people together,” she said. What has been known in the community as a nursing home is so much more than that today, and the public can learn more about the Good Samaritan Society on its Web site at