GE Healthcare and Cathedral Square teamed up for the fifth time this holiday season to bring donated food to Cathedral Square residents and SASH Participants.
Marsha Lamore, executive assistant at GE Healthcare IT and Healthcare Partners, has been leading the food drive since 2012.
When asked why GE gears the food drive toward Cathedral Square residents, Marsha said, “We started giving to seniors because I felt they were being overlooked. I feel they paid into the system all their lives; it was time we gave back. Also, the fact that some seniors have to decide to buy their medications over food; a very true reality.”
The first year the GE employees collected and delivered 600lbs of food. This year’s drive, five years later, they doubled their efforts, collecting 1,200lbs!
“During the holiday and winter season, when our resident’s expenses increase, we find some are in need of additional food.” says Beth Alpert, Volunteer Coordinator for Cathedral Square. “Our SASH Coordinators are able to identify and deliver these bags to both residents in our buildings and SASH participants in the community most in need. It is so wonderful to be able to count on GE Healthcare and their generosity.”
Our residents reap the benefits of GE’s generosity of this amazing donation, while the employees benefit from knowing that they are providing a much needed and greatly appreciated gift. This is a win-win situation!
Cathedral Square is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support “Healthy Homes, Caring Communities and Positive Aging”. Cathedral Square owns and/or manages 30 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price. www.cathedralsquare.org Cathedral Square administers the SASH (Support and Services at Home) model statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. SASH is a care management model harnessing the combined strength of social service agencies, community health providers and non-profit housing organizations to support more than 5,000 Vermonters in aging safely and healthfully at home. www.sashvt.org