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HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE DONATES $5,000 TO PASADENA SENIOR CENTER
Dr. Gregorio V. Sanchez, co-owner of the Pasadena branch of Home Instead Senior Care, presented a $5,000 check to Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, Wednesday, Sept. 30, to assist with the center’s support of older adults’ physical, mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This support includes a hotline (626-685-6725) for older adults who find themselves in need of food and/or hygiene products; online social activities, classes, discussions and celebratory events to help prevent quarantine-related loneliness, depression and boredom; the Telephone Reassurance Program that provides caring connections to help older adults make it through isolation; and more.
The donation was made possible after Home Instead Senior Care of Pasadena received the Founders Award from the national corporate headquarters for meeting a top tier of performance measures. This has afforded Home Instead Senior Care of Pasadena the opportunity to make a series of donations to nonprofit organizations in the community that provide services to older adults.
“The Pasadena franchise office has been active in the community for more than 15 years. Our mission, to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families, is the driving force of our business model, community outreach and local philanthropic endeavors,” said Sanchez. “I am pleased and proud to make this donation to the Pasadena Senior Center, an organization that consistently thinks outside the box and offers an abundance of opportunities for older adults to remain active and engaged as our nation maneuvers through this pandemic.”
Sanchez received his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Southern California and worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years. His transition to owning a Home Instead Senior Care franchise was catalyzed by his experience as a family caregiver and his desire to provide the highest quality care to the most vulnerable residents in the Pasadena community. He and co-owner Carter Prescott are staunch advicates for person-centered care within the aging adult and developmentally disabled communities.
“I am humbled by this generous donation because vital programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center that serve the needs of older adults have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 issue,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the center. “If ever there was a time when we must rely on increased monetary donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, it is now. It would break my heart to have to begin cutting programs and services.”
For more information about Home Instead Senior Care of Pasadena, visit www.homeinstead.com/479/about-us/home-instead-team or call 626-486-0800.
For more information about Pasadena Senior Center programs and services, including online options for classes, events and activities during the COVID-19 crisis, and to make a donation, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service for older adults during the pandemic. Doors are open for social services only Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Photo Credit: Pasadena Senior Center Dr. Gregorio Sanchez presents $5,000 donation to Pasadena Senior Center for assistance with older adults’ physical, mental and emotional health during COVID-19 pandemic.