Benevilla Supports Seniors with Bank of America Grant

July 16, 2021

Benevilla is excited to announce it has been awarded a grant from Bank of America to support our mission of keeping seniors independent in their own homes for as long as possible. The grant is part of Bank of America’s focus on removing barriers to economic stability such as hunger, shelter, and other basic needs.

Benevilla actively works to strengthen West Valley communities by providing services addressing the day-to-day physical, emotional, and social needs of the elderly, children and disabled populations. Funding from the $15,000 grant will support the Benevilla Home Services Program and the Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Program (Community Assistance, Resources, Education and Support) keeping older adults and adults with disabilities independent in their homes.

“Thank you to Bank of America for giving us the opportunity, through this grant, to assist more of our community neighbors through our variety of free programs and services,” stated Benevilla President & CEO, Joanne Thomson. “This grant will help support our mission as the needs in our community continue to grow especially during these unprecedented times.”

The Benevilla Home Services program provides older adults in our community assistance to maintain their independence by helping with grocery shopping, assisted transportation to medical appointments, light handyman services, and friendly visits, all driven by Benevilla volunteers.

The Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. (Community Assistance, Resources, Education and Support) program is also a free community resource.  There are many local organizations throughout the Northwest Valley offering a variety of important support services to seniors.   However, people often don’t know about these services or are unable to find them. Benevilla has over 1000 resource associates we work with to find solutions for you.  They range from support groups, counseling, church groups, and financial assistance to government programs, family support and transportation to and from medical appointments.

The core of the C.A.R.E.S. program is the partnerships Benevilla has formed with 20+ “Sustaining Partners” each with an unsurpassed commitment to quality and ethics.  These include experts in home care, elder law information, fiduciary services, senior placement, hospice, assisted or independent living, geriatric care management, skilled nursing facilities and memory care communities.

Often, the hardest part of looking for help is knowing the right questions to ask.  A call to the Benevilla Home Services program or C.A.R.E.S. Resource Specialist is your first step in finding the support you need.

The Benevilla partnership with Bank of America extends beyond just their yearly grant opportunities.  Earlier this spring, Bank of America financially sponsored and supported our COVID-19 vaccine clinics helping vaccinate our homebound program members, vulnerable older adults, volunteers, and their families and most recently the general community.

“So many families in our community are just one life event away from depending on basic needs services from non-profits, food banks or shelters, while others lack the evolving job skills needed to be part of today’s workforce economy,” said President, Bank of America Arizona, Benito Almanza. “Through strategic partnerships with agencies such as Benevilla, Bank of America is bolstering local resources to deliver solutions that help serve our elderly who were most impacted this past year from the pandemic.”