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Benevilla shares community impact

Senior services help Sun City West residents

Posted 3/27/23

The nonprofit Benevilla is proud to present a snapshot of the success of the programs and services they supplied in the Northwest valley in 2022.

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Benevilla shares community impact

Senior services help Sun City West residents


The nonprofit Benevilla this week presented a snapshot of the success of programs and services it supplied in the northwest Valley in 2022.

In total, the programs offered 48,807 acts of care and compassion and enriched the lives of 6,998 individuals in the community.

A highlight of this success comes from their Life Enrichment Adult Day Programs that provided 126,130 hours of respite for caregivers during the past year. These programs are designed to provide meaningful activities and socialization opportunities for individuals with disabilities, allowing their caregivers a much-needed break.

In addition, Benevilla saw major increases in services performed to meet the needs of those struggling to remain independent at home in the community through  free C.A.R.E.S. (Community Assistance, Resources, Education and Support) department. 

Overall, 2,527 families and individuals received help from referral resources Benevilla partners with.  Another 2,643 free Home Services acts were provided through volunteer driven programs such as their grocery shopping, assisted transportation, Friendly Visitors/Phone Pals wellness checks, light handyman services, emergency errands, business assistance, and holiday meal deliveries.  There were 442 community members given support, education and resources through the Benevilla educational workshops and the annual Caregiver Connect event.

The Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. department also served 1,634 community members through its free peer-to-peer support groups for individuals who found comfort caring for or grieving for a loved one. These weekly groups have provided a safe and supportive environment for attendees to share their experiences, learn coping strategies and connect with other who are navigating similar situations. 

In late July 2022, the newest Benevilla program, the Benefitness Adaptive Gym opened. The facility is designed to support members with differing abilities, special considerations, and ongoing clinical needs.  Since opening, the adaptive gym has hosted over 400 individual and small group classes helping members improve their physical and mental well-being helping them to reach their wellness goals.

“We are so excited to be such an important resource in the northwest Valley offering both an adaptive gym and Rock Steady Boxing program to those in our community who would not find a regular gym accessible to their needs.” said Lorrie Karn, director of Benefitness. “Our programs help improve the quality of life of our members, improve their strength and balance and improve their ability to perform routine tasks of daily life.” 

Benevilla volunteers provided 11,011 hours of service during the past year. 

“We are incredibly blessed by the support of our volunteers, who make it possible for us to provide these vital programs and services.” Joanne Thomson, Benevilla president and CEO said. “Their dedication and generosity have helped us make a huge impact on so many individuals and families in the community.”