December 5, 2012
Two local nonprofits soon will be able to reach more people in need, thanks to the donations they recently received from The Garnet of Casa Grande, a Senior Lifestyle Corporation community.
The Garnet is donating $2,500 each to Against Abuse Inc., which assists those affected by domestic violence, and Seeds of Hope, which offers services for children, the homeless and other community members.
As a part of Casa Grande since 1999, The Garnet wanted to find a meaningful way to give back to the town, according to Executive Director Joseph Conlon. The retirement community solicited suggestions from staff members and community leaders before choosing the two recipients.
“We looked for charities that touched a lot of people in town,” Conlon says. “Against Abuse and Seeds of Hope have a strong presence in the community, and we knew they would put the donations to good use.”
Against Abuse plans to use the donation to cover immediate needs for its 32-bed shelter, including food and personal care items for the women and children who live there. The charity is also naming The Garnet as a diamond sponsor of its Taste of Casa Grande fundraiser in October.
“This donation is a wonderful and unexpected gift to our agency,” Executive Director Pat Griffen says. “When you run a shelter for 32 women and children, costs for things like food and diapers are high. The Garnet’s generosity means a lot to our organization.”
Local children and grandparents will benefit from The Garnet’s donation to Seeds of Hope. The organization plans to use the money to pay for summer activities, including a trip to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, for community youth and grandparents raising grandchildren.
“These activities can be expensive, and we’re on a tight budget,” Executive Director Mark Vanderheyden says. “This donation enables us to reach out to more people.”
Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson says The Garnet’s donations are a great example of the community’s generous spirit.
“I’m a huge proponent of the idea that we, as a community, need to help ourselves,” he says. “I can’t thank The Garnet enough for what they’ve done.”
About The Garnet of Casa Grande
Since 1999, The Garnet of Casa Grande has offered independent and assisted living options and personalized care plans that allow seniors to live life to the fullest. The Garnet of Casa Grande is professionally managed by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, one of the nation’s leading senior living specialists. Senior Lifestyle Corporation is a privately held national owner, operator and developer of senior living communities with more than 12,000 units under management. For more than 25 years, Senior Lifestyle has been a leading provider of innovative programs, customized care and exemplary hospitality for its residents. Learn more at www.seniorlifestyle.com.