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The Gardens at Barry Road offers Community Benefit Grant

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The Gardens at Barry Road offers Community Benefit Grant

Each year, The Gardens at Barry Road offers the Community Benefit Grant which is made available to area organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in the community. The Gardens at Barry Road firmly believes in enriching lives through service by sharing God’s love through care, advocacy, and virtuous business practices. Grant recipients must meet the following criteria: the project or program must benefit area senior citizens, it must be a project or program that would not be possible if not for the money received by The Gardens at Barry Road, and it must be a project or program in which staff, residents, and family members from The Gardens at Barry Road can be involved on more than a monetary level.

In 2017, the recipient of the grant was Hillcrest Platte County. The funds are being used for providing volunteer transportation to the Platte City Thrift Shop. “We have hired a temporary van driver that will commute Volunteers three days a week from The Gardens at Barry Road facility, as well as others, to and from Hillcrest,” says Lou Warner, Director of Thrift Operations. “Our goal is to support senior living by making it easier to volunteer if transportation is an issue. Our Hillcrest thrift shops serve as an excellent place for seniors to volunteer and feel good about being involved with supporting homeless families in Platte County through our Hillcrest programs.”

Many of the day-to-day efforts by the team at The Gardens at Barry Road are focused on meeting residents where they live by focusing on ways they can engage with each other, the staff, and the public in a substantive way which leads to a higher quality of life. Many seniors have the desire to serve other but no longer drive and have no other method of transportation to get to volunteer events. Hillcrest Platte County is closing the gap for such older adults in the Northland.

“Each year, we are able to reach out to people in need in our community by way of the Community Benefit Grant,” said Bill Schwingen, Executive Director of The Gardens at Barry Road. “Our mission is to enrich the lives of our residents and neighbors in the Northland and throughout the city by way of service and by sharing God’s love. The grant allows us to satisfy the needs of our neighbors in a very real way.”