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Pinecrest Pathways Program Awarded $10,000

Pinecrest Pathways Program Awarded $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

For Immediate Release  Mt. Morris, IL -- (October 8, 2012) – Pinecrest Community is proud to announce it has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Ralph E. and Mildred Johnson Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

The grant will be used for its “Pinecrest Pathways: Beds” program, to purchase a block of the nearly 100 new beds the community needs to further fulfill its Pathways mission, according to Diana Roemer, Pinecrest Community’s Director of Advancement and Marketing.

“We are thrilled that the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois recognizes the dedication of Pinecrest to promote the physical and emotional health, dignity, and well-being of area residents who live or will live at Pinecrest Manor, as well as their families and Pinecrest staff who care for them,” Pinecrest Chief Executive Officer Ferol Labash said.

The Pinecrest Pathways program directly addresses several aspects of Pinecrest Community’s overall mission. Replacing all the community’s older beds is a key component of the program, launched earlier this summer. The Pathways program also includes addressing the physical, occupational and speech therapy aspects of residents’ health.

Pinecrest Community, its Board of Directors, volunteers, associates and staff are grateful to the Community Foundation for its trust and generosity, said the President of Pinecrest’s Board of Directors, Mr. Richard Noser, of Byron.

The Board, staff and donors of Pinecrest have been working hard to meet the needs of the residents, which has been particularly challenging in the current economic climate.

“This grant is the first of its kind for Pinecrest, which is home to hundreds in Northern Illinois. We are very happy that the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is supporting the mission and ministry of Pinecrest for the elderly,” Noser said.

The Pathways Mission is bolstered by individual donations to the charitable mission, which kicked off the fundraising. Pinecrest’s Advancement Department decided to seek additional funding opportunities which included writing grant proposals and seeking partnerships with foundations.

About the Community Foundation
Established in 1953 as the Rockford Community Trust, the Community Foundation remains committed to building a permanent endowment of charitable funds for the Northern Illinois community. The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of Northern Illinois.

More about Pinecrest
For more than a century, Pinecrest Community has cared for the elderly and needy. Established in 1893 in Mt. Morris, Pinecrest continues its legacy of excellence today in caring for the elderly, but also offers a variety of independent living options and award-winning physical therapy treatment. Pinecrest Community:  A Legacy of Excellence, a Century of Trust.


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