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Oct. 31, 2018 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – FSL Real Estate Services, in partnership with Mandalay Homes and the city of Phoenix are proud of to be recognized by SRP for the 5th annual Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards for their infill project at South Phoenix Village (SPV).  The 5th Annual awards luncheon took place on Oct. 31, 2108 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Scottsdale and FSL won Most Energy Efficient Community (Homebuilder).  The SPV infill redevelopment project will turn vacant lots in the neighborhood into 121 new, energy efficient, single-family homes.  

This event honors outstanding participants in SRP’s energy efficiency programs and ENERGYSTAR® Homes program. As demand for energy continues to increase, it is vital to conserve resources. Recipients of the Champion of Energy Efficiency award excel in their efforts to implement technologies, institute behavior change, and forge paths for energy efficiency and serve as examples for other businesses.

Steve Hastings, Chief of Real Estate at FSL, said, “We’re very proud and honored to be recognized by SRP for our efforts.  South Phoenix Village is a unique neighborhood that is conveniently located near the airport, downtown Phoenix, outdoor recreation and more. It’s exciting to bring an energy efficient and affordable housing to the area.”

The floor plans at South Phoenix Village range from 1,300 to 1,700 square feet and range in price from $190,000 to $215,000. Adding to the affordability, they all come with $15,000 in home buyer assistance in the form of a zero percent interest deferred loan for qualified home buyers.

To learn more about South Phoenix Village, please visit www.SouthPhoenixVillage.com.

About FSL

FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen 
PR Consultant 
(480) 205-6195 
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 23, 2018) – FSL is pleased to announce the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has donated $150,000 to help build a new Northwest Valley Adult Day Health Services Center (ADHS). The new center will be located at the southeast corner of 67th Ave. and W. Paradise Lane in Glendale and the goal is to have it operational within 18 months. 

“We are so grateful for this donation,” said Tom Egan, chief executive officer and president of FSL. “Our goal is to raise $5 million and this gift brings our total raised to nearly $3 million. We’re on pace to have a ground breaking ceremony in November.”

The new center will be attractive and welcoming with bright, comfortable and well-equipped meeting, work and health monitoring environments. The building will include shower and laundry facilities, physical therapy, educational activities, serving kitchen, media and exercise rooms, and a memory garden. The current center is housed in a rented facility that no longer meets the FSL standards for quality care or accessibility.

“Think of the worry, exhaustion and cost of caring for an aging loved one. Think of the instinctive desire to keep loved ones in their homes, among familiar surroundings and enjoying a measure of independence, for as long as safely possible,” said Chair Carol Peden Schilling of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “FSL offers a respite for weary caretakers, while providing medical, restorative and therapeutic care for aging seniors with limited means. We are pleased to help build a larger and improved facility so FSL may extend services to more seniors and their families.” 

“There is a large population of low-income seniors who reside in Glendale, the site of ADHS, and Peoria, a large community north of Glendale. Congressional District 8 (Glendale and Peoria) had the fifth highest percent increase (190%) of individuals living in poverty from 2000 – 2011 among all U.S. Congressional Districts. Glendale and Peoria have large populations of adults 50+ years old (20%) with poverty rates of 21.7% and 9.2% respectively,” said Egan. 

FSL’s team includes a Registered Nurse to supervise healthcare management; Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapists, Certified Nursing Assistants, Social Workers; and dedicated staff providing personal attention, individualized care plans, interactive games and activities as well as companionship. FSL ADHS offers nutritious meals to meet a variety of needs, therapeutic recreational activities, daily exercise, personal care including bathing, community outings and special events, celebrations and holiday programs, limited transportation, education and information programs.  

The staff and specialized services are also available to support individuals experiencing dementia, traumatic brain injuries and a variety of other cognitive and physical challenges. FSL’s ADHS is a haven for family members and caregivers, offering the family respite from the stress and demands of full-time support for loved ones and the opportunity to remain in the workforce.

To make a donation to FSL’s capital campaign, please contact the Development Office at 602-285-1800 or send an email to donations@fsl.org. Donations are also accepted online at www.FSL.org.

About FSL (Foundation for Senior Living)
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

The infill project in South Phoenix is making home-ownership more affordable

(Phoenix, Ariz.) – Mandalay Homes in partnership with FSL Real Estate Services and the City of Phoenix are proud to announce they have won the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation award for 2018 in the “Affordable” category. The award was given for their submission of the infill project at South Phoenix Village, a partnership with FSL and the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department. This category was very competitive in 2018, as in previous years, making this an even more significant accomplishment for the builder.

South Phoenix Village is a thoughtful project designed to provide quality, energy-efficient housing, promote successful diverse homeownership and to create a vibrant and healthy community. Mandalay Homes set out to improve that condition by building homes that use significantly less energy, which is constantly rising in price. Geoff Ferrell – Chief Technology Officer for Mandalay Homes says that these infill homes are a great application of their energy efficient building style. “We’re proud to be building energy efficient homes for this community where the cost of ownership can be effected by the cost of electricity. Not only are we selling them a great product, but it’s important to us to bring sustainable, meaningful home building to an established part of Phoenix where it’s being very well received,” Ferrell said.

Steve Hastings, Chief of Real Estate at The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), counts the South Phoenix Village Project as one of the best he’s been a part of. “It has been a wonderful opportunity to serve the community of South Phoenix by developing affordable, energy-efficient homes with the help and support of our project partners. We’re honored to be recognized by the Department of Energy for our efforts,” said Hastings.

The floor plans at South Phoenix Village range from 1,300 to 1,700 square feet and range in price from $190,000 to $215,000. Adding to the affordability, they all come with $15,000 in home buyer assistance in the form of a zero percent interest deferred loan for qualified home buyers.

To learn more about South Phoenix Village and all the other communities being built by Mandalay Homes across Arizona, visit MandalayHomes.com or call 855-955-6466.

About Mandalay Homes


Founded in 1999 by Dave Everson, Mandalay Homes is recognized as one of the most innovative new home builders in America. A 10-time winner of the DOE’s award for innovation and an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year two years in a row, Mandalay Homes has a passion for building homes that promote safety, health, comfort, style, reduced energy costs, and less environmental impact. Mandalay Homes is committed to being an industry leader in innovation and thoughtful design while utilizing cutting-edge technology to create high-performance homes.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Walls, jessica.walls@mandalayhomes.com
855.955.6466

FSL and Alzheimer’s Association Partner to Host a Carnival for Adult Day Clients

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 14, 2018) – June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and The Alzheimer’s Association holds their annual The Longest Day event on June 21, the Summer Solstice. On this day, the Alzheimer’s Association asks that we “Do something we love on behalf of someone we love.” Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter staff will be volunteering at FSL’s three Adult Day Health Services locations to lead a fun, carnival activity for all clients. The events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at FSL’s Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe locations.

“For those facing Alzheimer’s, every day feels like the longest day,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO, FSL. “This is one way we can bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and do something fun for our clients in the Adult Day program. Our program provides them a safe and supportive environment, as well as, much needed respite for family members who are caring for their loved one.”

The carnival will feature various games and activities. Media is invited to attend and speak with executives from FSL and staff volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association.

FSL Adult Day Health Services Locations:

Glendale Adult Day Health Services – 6010 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix Adult Day Health Services – 3620 N. 4th Ave.
Tempe Adult Day Health Services – 2234 E. Maryland Dr.

About FSL
Since 1947, we’ve been providing home and community-based services to help families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing. We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

New plumbing installed providing safe water for disabled, elderly woman
PHOENIX – (June 11, 2018) – For months, Rosie Bruno was living with broken and unsafe plumbing in both her kitchen and bathroom. When the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) were alerted to her situation, they turned to their longtime partner, The Sunny Plumber, to help with the repairs.
The Sunny Plumber quickly assessed her needs and repaired her broken toilet, installed a new garbage disposal, replaced various drains, supply lines and valves. The Sunny Plumber donated the equipment and provided all of the work at no charge to Ms. Bruno. The donation is valued at more than $2,000. All the work made Ms. Bruno’s home much safer to navigate for the disabled Peoria resident.
“The Sunny Plumber is proud to call Phoenix our home and when one of our neighbors is in need of help, we are happy to jump in and assist,” said Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber. “We are glad we could help Ms. Bruno with her repairs and make her home better and safer for her health.”
FSL and The Sunny Plumber have worked together for years to help give seniors relief to their plumbing challenges. In 2017, The Sunny Plumber donated a $100,000 grant to FSL to fund ongoing requests from seniors in dire need of plumbing repairs. More than 100 elderly residents needing repairs have been benefactors of The Sunny Plumber donations.
“We are blessed to have generous partners like The Sunny Plumber willing to help our seniors in need,” said Katie Martin, program director of FSL Home Improvements. “We are pleased that Ms. Bruno now has plumbing equipment that functions properly and that her home is a safer place to live.”

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about our programs and services, visit www.FSL.org.

About The Sunny Plumber
The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. Once again, readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2018” named The Sunny Plumber the “Best Plumbing Company” in the Arizona.

CONTACT:
Greg Sexton
gsexton@santy.com
480-688-0766

Payson, Ariz. (May 7, 2018) – PineView Manor Senior Apartments, a FSL facility, joined hundreds of other groups across the country in observing National Wildfire Community prevention Day by hosting its Clark Road neighbors with displays, exhibits and handouts on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to potential wildfires with an emphasis on evacuation.

Exhibits included sample Grab ‘n Go evacuation kits for adults, dogs and cats. Local firefighters presented a fire extinguisher demonstration and answered questions about general fire safety, and attendees were treated to several fire-themed games such as a smoke crawl and bean bag toss into mock fire rings. On that warm day, the favorite was putting out a fake fire using a water cannon. Hot dogs and the trimmings rounded out the events.

About FSL (Foundation for Senior Living)
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 24, 2018) – FSL (Foundation for Senior Living) has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $5 million to build a new Northwest Valley Adult Day Health Services Center (ADHS). They are proud to announce BHHS Legacy Foundation recently made a $250,000 donation towards the campaign. The new center will be located at the southeast corner of 67th Ave. and W. Paradise Lane in Glendale and the goal is to have it operational within 18 months.

“This incredibly generous donation brings our total raised to $2,750,650,” said Tom Egan, chief executive officer, FSL. “We are so appreciative of BHHS support. They have been a long time partner and we appreciate their commitment to helping seniors in our community.”

The new center will be attractive and welcoming with bright, comfortable and well-equipped meeting, work and health monitoring environments. The building will include shower and laundry facilities, physical therapy, educational activities, serving kitchen, media and exercise rooms, and a memory garden. The current center is housed in a rented facility that no longer meets the FSL standards for quality care or accessibility.

We are proud to partner with FSL on this important community project said Jerry Wissink,CEO of BHHS Legacy Foundation, “and want to commend FSL for their foresight in helping fragile homebound seniors to be able to age safely in place.

“There is a large population of low-income seniors who reside in Glendale, the site of ADHS, and Peoria, a large community north of Glendale. Congressional District 8 (Glendale and Peoria) had the fifth highest percent increase (190%) of individuals living in poverty from 2000 – 2011 among all U.S. Congressional Districts. Glendale and Peoria have large populations of adults 50+ years old (20%) with poverty rates of 21.7% and 9.2% respectively,” said Egan.

FSL’s team includes a Registered Nurse to supervise healthcare management; Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapists, Certified Nursing Assistants, Social Workers; and dedicated staff providing personal attention, individualized care plans, interactive games and activities as well as companionship. FSL ADHS offers nutritious meals to meet a variety of needs, therapeutic recreational activities, daily exercise, personal care including bathing, community outings and special events, celebrations and holiday programs, limited transportation, education and information programs.

The staff and specialized services are also available to support individuals experiencing dementia, traumatic brain injuries and a variety of other cognitive and physical challenges. FSL’s ADHS is a haven for family members and caregivers, offering the family respite from the stress and demands of full-time support for loved ones and the opportunity to remain in the workforce.

To make a donation to FSL’s capital campaign, please contact the Development Office at 602-285-1800 or send an email to donations@fsl.org.

BHHS Legacy Foundation is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.  The Foundation supports projects, programs and organizations that improve health and quality of life for those in our community who are most in need.  Since 2001, BHHS Legacy Foundation has invested more than $85 million in projects, programs, and organizations in four key areas: increasing access to healthcare; improving community health; expanding Arizona’s healthcare workforce; and strengthening the community. To learn more about BHHS Legacy Foundation and the support it provides to the community, visit bhhslegacy.org.

About FSL (Foundation for Senior Living)
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 21, 2018) – FSL (Foundation for Senior Living) has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $5 million to build a new Northwest Valley Adult Day Health Services Center (ADHS). They are proud to announce Thunderbirds Charities recently made a $100,000 donation towards the campaign. The new center will be located at _______ in Glendale and the goal is to have it operational within 24 months.  

The site will be central to the growing Northwest Valley senior population, including asignificant veteran community,” said Tom Egan, chief executive office, FSL. The new centerwill have easier access and be able to serve the multiple needs of individuals in both the senior and younger adult populations.

The new center will be attractive and welcoming with bright, comfortable and well-equipped meeting, work and health monitoring environments. The building will include shower and laundry facilities, , physical therapy, educational activities, , serving kitchen, media and exercise rooms, and a memory garden.

The current center is housed in a rented facility that no longer meets the FSL standards for quality care or accessibility.

Families and individuals are significantly underserved in the Northwest Valley, lacking quality skilled professional care, therapeutic services and socialization opportunities to enrich lives and support healthy independent living,” said Egan.  

FSL’s team includes a Registered Nurse to supervise healthcare management; Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapists, Certified Nursing Assistants, Social Workers; and dedicated staff providing personal attention, individualized care plans, interactive games and activities as well as companionship. FSL ADHS offers nutritious meals to meet a variety of needs, therapeutic recreational activities, daily exercise, personal care including bathing, community outings and special events, celebrations and holiday programs, limited transportation, education and information programs.

The staff and specialized services are also available to support individuals experiencing dementia, traumatic brain injuries and a variety of other cognitive and physical challenges. FSL’s ADHS is a haven for family members and caregivers, offering the family respite from the stress and demands of full-time support for loved ones and the opportunity to remain in the workforce.

To make a donation to FSL’s capital campaign, please contact the Development Office at 602-285-1800 or send an email to donations@fsl.org.

About Thunderbirds Charities
Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. For more information on Thunderbirds Charities or the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com or call the Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163.

About FSL (Foundation for Senior Living)

FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact:Lindsay Hansen​​​

PR Consultant ​​

​​(480) 205-6195​​

​​lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. __, 2018) – The Arizona Department of Housing has awarded the Foundation for Senior Living, or FSL, more than $3.9 million to build a second property—this one at 21st and Missouri avenues in Phoenix—in collaboration with First Place® AZ. FSL and First Place will work with triARC Architecture & Design to develop 19 affordable, intergenerational units and six units for young adults with autism to live independently. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, with a 12-month build-out.

The two-bedroom, high-energy-efficient units will be built with no volatile organic chemicals. The buildings and environment will offer lower density lighting (?) and are designed to include sound suppression for noise reduction in the units, silent dishwashers, plumbing, refrigerators and HVAC. The campus will be secure for all residents.

“We opened our first collaborative property, 29 Palms, at 49th and Holly streets in Phoenix in June 2014 and it’s been very well received by the community,” says Steve Hastings, director of real estate services at FSL. “It has become a great home to our FSL residents and created the opportunity for wonderful new relationships between our seniors and First Place Transition Academy participants.”

“As a powerful expression of community, 29 Palms is offering all residents sought-after benefits,” says Denise D. Resnik, First Place AZ founder, president and CEO. “Time and time again, we’ve experienced how the complementary needs and interests of residents produce an enriching environment filled with daily purpose, chances to learn, kindness and fun.”

FSL will begin lease-up six months prior to construction completion. First Place AZ will administer the leases on the six units for adults with autism. More details on how to apply will be available in the coming months.

About First Place® AZ
First Place AZ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization advancing innovative residential options for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities. Led by market principles, First Place is creating replicable, residential and post-secondary education models that promote collaboration among the private/public/philanthropic/nonprofit sectors, serving as a catalyst for advancing public policy focused on housing solutions for special populations. To learn more, visit firstplaceaz.org. 

About FSL (Foundation for Senior Living)
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues including health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about FSL programs and services, visit fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Nearly 100 elderly residents have had free plumbing repairs in 2017
PHOENIX – (Dec. 19, 2017) – Thanks to a $100,000 grant by The Sunny Plumber, nearly 100 low income elderly residents with emergency plumbing needs have had free plumbing repairs and replaced fixtures in 2017. The grant, given to the nonprofit FSL (Foundation for Senior Living), made the donated repairs possible.
From new water heaters, to new toilets, fixtures and pipe repairs, seniors across Greater Phoenix have benefited from the grant, which was announced by The Sunny Plumber in January 2017. As of early December, 90 residents have received free plumbing services – with more scheduled throughout the rest of 2017.
“We are grateful that The Sunny Plumber has been able to help so many residents in our community,” said Gary Eisenhauer, manager at The Sunny Plumber. “FSL has done an excellent job allocating these funds to help those with the greatest need.”
The plumbing industry in Arizona has also taken notice. The Sunny Plumber was recognized as “Contractor of the Year” by the Metro Phoenix Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association. The award was given at the association’s annual dinner in November.
“Together, FSL and The Sunny Plumber make a great team,” said Katie Martin, program director of FSL Home Improvements. “This year, we surpassed our goal of number of clients served and we truly appreciate The Sunny Plumber’s generosity. It has been so rewarding to help so many seniors with these vitally needed repairs that would not have been possible without The Sunny Plumber.”

About The Sunny Plumber
The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. The Sunny Plumber was recently named the “Best Plumbing Company” in the state by readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2017.” For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. With a long history of helping Arizona families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing, FSL is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. To learn more about our programs and services, visit www.FSL.org.

CONTACT:
Greg Sexton
gsexton@santy.com
480-688-0766

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 30, 2017)… FSL Real Estate Services and the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) are pleased to announce construction is moving along and they are now accepting contracts on the infill redevelopment project that features 121 new SRP ENERGY STAR® single-family homes in the South Phoenix Village (SPV) area near 24th Street and Broadway.

According to Chris Christensen, Project Manager with the Neighborhood Services Department, “Eligible buyers will receive $15,000 in home buyer assistance from the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help with the down payment and closing costs.”

The first homeowners are slated to move in later this summer. Buyers will have an option of three floor plans ranging in size from 3 bedroom, 2 bath with 1,314 square feet for $181,000; a 4 bedroom, 2 bath with 1,470 square feet for $189,000 or a 4 bedroom + den, 2 bath with 1,690 square feet for $199,000. SPV is located between Corona Avenue to Roeser Road and 24th to 32nd Streets. 

For more information about this project or to see the floor plans online, visit: www.southphoenixvillage.com or please contact Karen Davis, Housing Program Manager at SPV@fsl.org.

About FSL
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 23, 2017) The Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has awarded Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) a two-year grant in the amount of $123,811 to implement its Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) fitness program designed to help seniors. This evidence based program, which has been adapted to help FSL’s clients with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, will be managed through FSL’s Adult Day Health Services and offered in its three Valley centers.

“Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65+ years of age,” said Carrie Smith, chief operating officer, FSL. “Elderly individuals with dementia, a syndrome that impairs the brain function and cognition, are three times more likely to sustain injuries from a fall than peers without a dementia diagnosis. Research shows that exercise-based programs can reduce falls by strength and balance training. We’re excited about our new program and hope to make a difference in the lives of those living with dementia. Our goal is to reach 144 participants in two years through the SAIL program.”

Each SAIL session runs six months and is offered three times a week in Tempe, Phoenix and Glendale. The one hour fitness classes focus on strength, balance and fitness for adults 65+ years of age. The program is free of charge to participants and caregivers are trained by staff to assist participants with at-home exercises one or two times a week.

The program will be measured on the following outcomes: reduction of falls; maintained or improved activities of daily living; maintained or improved strength, balance and fitness; and increase in caregivers’ knowledge of fall risks.

“As Attorney General, I consider it a top priority to serve Arizona’s most vulnerable populations,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “FSL is doing outstanding work to benefit our seniors, and I’m proud that our office can play a small role by helping fund this valuable program.”

To learn more about the SAIL program or to schedule an interview at one of the centers offering the fitness program, please contact Lindsay Hansen, PR consultant at 480-205-6195.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  Three million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 29, 2017)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce Highland Square Senior Apartments in Cottonwood is complete and a grand opening ceremony was held on Friday, March 24. The 60 unit senior community located at 299 W. Mingus Avenue (approximately the South East Corner of Mingus Avenue and Candy Lane) houses over 70 seniors in clean, quiet, energy efficient apartments.

Did the Mayor or anyone notable attend the grand opening? Former Mayor Diane Joens (not a typo) attended and spoke, the blessing was performed by Verde Community Church’s Pastor Carl Lodico, and speakers included Bob Parsons of Johnson Bank and city council member, Tosca Henry. From FSL, Steve Hastings spoke, along with Tom Egan.

“We have been working together with the City Council and community on this development for several years,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of FSL.  “The demand for affordable housing in our state, especially in rural cities like Cottonwood, is at an all time high. We’re very excited to see this project come to fruition and know we’re helping seniors find affordable housing.”

The structure includes 50 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartment homes contained in an “L” shaped building design. The one-bedroom units are 740 square feet in size and the two-bedrooms are 957 square feet. The units have nine foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and all appliances have designer enhanced finish. The two-bedroom units have two baths with a split master design. Each unit has a patio or deck with storage included. The building has a fire sprinkler system and emergency alarm and lighting systems.

The property includes many features that make it energy efficient, for example all appliances are Energy Star efficient, 99 percent of all the lighting is LED, all of the windows exceed the current Energy Star requirements, all the heating and air conditioning units are Fujitsu heat pumps and exceed the current Energy Star requirements by 27 percent, and the water is heated by using three Energy Star 100 gallon boilers. An insulated recirculating system is used to provide on demand hot water to all the units.

The common areas feature an administrative offices, social areas, community kitchen, multi-purpose room, community meeting room, community laundry on each floor and an office space, exercise room, and cabanas with barbecues.

FSL partnered with USDA Rural Development, Arizona Department of Housing, Campbell-Hogue & Associates, Enterprise, Johnson Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, and the City of Cottonwood on this project.

To learn more about Highland Square Senior Apartments in Cottonwood, please call (928) 852-0720 or via email at highlandsquare@gres.com.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 13, 2017)…Did you know 80 percent of seniors in America are food insecure? March is National Nutrition Month and FSL operates two food pantries inside their low income, multi-housing complexes in Phoenix for seniors. Both food pantries are in need of support this month. They are asking the community for donations of nonperishable food, meats, dairy items, fresh produce and toiletries such as paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner.

Donations can be dropped off at 29 Palms Apartments, located at 4901 E. Holly St, Phoenix, 85008, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Roeser Senior Village, located at 454 E. Roeser Road, Phoenix, 85040, Monday’s, Wednesday and Friday’s from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“Many of our senior clients are on fixed incomes and don’t have enough money left to purchase groceries each month,” said Alyssa Weist, community manager at 29 Palms Apartment Homes. “Seventy percent of our clients don’t have transportation or a family member to take them to a food bank or grocery store. Providing assistance to them each week relieves the stress and burden of them worrying how they are going to find their next meal.”

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 3, 2017)… FSL has been contracted by the City of Phoenix to perform Healthy Homes Whole House inspections to single out hazards and potential hazards.  FSL will diagnose healthy and safety home repair needs; triage and prioritize newly active cases based on emergency repair needs; develop and provide a report based on the assessment of the dwelling; monitor the project oversight and contractors; provide third party quality control evaluations and customer satisfaction feedback. The contract is for two years and began in February 2017.

“We have been providing home improvement services in Phoenix for over 25 years,” said Katie Martin
Program Director, FSL Home Improvements. “We’re excited about this contract because it gives us another opportunity to work with our long time partners at the City of Phoenix and allows us to reach into another part of the community that we may not have been currently serving. We anticipate completing approximately 60-75 inspections before June. We know there is a great need for our services in the community.”

FSL typically finds the following hazards at homes they inspect, tripping hazards, inadequate heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical and pest infestation. Once a problem or potential problem has been identified, FSL will notify the City of Phoenix. The City of Phoenix may or may not be able to address all potential hazards.

The City of Phoenix has a wait list for their rehab and weatherization services.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact the City of Phoenix directly at 602-534-4444 option 4. 

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Loaner Closet Provides Unisured or Underinsured Patients with Access to Medical Equipment and Supplies

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 6, 2016)… FSL (The Foundation for Senior Living) operates the Kindness Closet inside St. Joseph’s Hospital, located at 350 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013 and Chandler Regional Medical Center, located at 1955 W. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ 85224. The Kindness Closet is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program was made possible by a grant from Dignity Health. The Kindness Closet, is a loaner closet that gives patients who are uninsured or underinsured access to items they may not be able to receive through Medicare or Medicaid. Items such as wheelchairs, shower benches and chairs, bedside commodes, seated walkers, adult briefs and diapers, toilet seat risers, gait belt, Roho cushions, blood pressure monitors and scales.

“This is such an important service to the community,” said Kira McClinton, FSL transitional care program director. “There are so many patients who simply can’t afford the medications or equipment they need. We’re in need of donations and supplies now. If you or your company would like to help, we’d be incredibly grateful.”

If you’d like to make a donation to the Kindness Closet, you can donate medical equipment and supplies or make a cash donation that will help purchase new supplies, provide patients with transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and assist with their prescriptions.

To schedule an appointment or make a donation, please call Kira McClinton, transitional care program director at 602.406.1190.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Grant part of $6M effort to help revitalize communities impacted by economy

SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. XX, 2016 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it will donate $100,000 to FSL (Foundation for Senior Living) as part of $6 million initiative in neighborhood stabilization grants awarded to 56 nonprofits through its 2016 Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Priority Markets Program to help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods impacted by the economy. The Priority Markets Program provides grant support to support large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects to further economic recovery in local communities.

“The Priority Markets Program has been a catalyst for bringing together community stakeholders with common interests to improve neighborhoods that are producing sustainable results and adding up to make a huge difference for communities,” said Pam Conboy, lead region president for Wells Fargo. “We are so pleased to support FSL’s continued efforts to provide housing solutions for low-income homebuyers.”

FSL is actively involved and experienced in community revitalization efforts and was identified by Wells Fargo as leading large-scale neighborhood projects. Priority Markets program grants can be used for any costs associated with the development or redevelopment of the project. Recipients must be IRS 501c3 organizations with successful histories of building or renovating housing for low-to moderate-income homebuyers.

“Home ownership is a key tenet of the American dream, explains Tom Egan, President and CEO of FSL. “FSL is proud to partner with the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to help make this dream a reality for families at South Phoenix Village. These new affordable homes are not just transformational for the families that buy them, but transformational for our whole community. I want to thank Wells Fargo for their leadership and investment in our community.

FSL will use the grant to support the construction of 121 new energy-efficient homes in South Phoenix Village (SPV) and provide 12 down-payment assistance grants to homebuyers earning less than 80% of area median income (currently $50,300 for a family of four). The homebuyer assistance grants, leveraged against lower utility payments resulting from the energy-efficient construction, will equate to significant savings for low-income households. The SPV infill redevelopment project, partially funded by the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department, will increase sustainability of the community by increasing owner occupancy in the area between Corona Avenue and Roeser Road and 24th and 32nd streets.

Since 2009, the Priority Markets grant program, funded through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, has provided more than $42 million to 125 U.S. communities.

The Priority Markets Program grants are administered through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL’s mission is to provide home and community-based services and develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all. FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing and has been actively improving the lives of Arizonans for over 40 years.. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

About the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
In 2015, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $170 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.7 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly more than 7,000 homes and counting.

About Wells Fargo
In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 252 branches and approximately 15,000 team members. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Media contact:
Lori Brown
602-378-4434
brownlo@wellsfargo.com

Lindsay Hansen
480-205-6195
Lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

According to AARP, 87% of Americans want to age in place, meaning that they would like to remain living in their own home for as long as possible, often requiring the support of a family caregiver. Family caregivers often do not identify as such, and rarely ask for help primarily because they do now what help is available.

In Arizona alone 855,000 family caregivers provide care at an estimated value of $9 billion annually. Family caregivers accept their roles gladly but are generally unprepared for the financial and personal stresses they assume.    

“People are often thrust into the role of caregiver when a loved one is disabled, falls ill or experiences issues related to aging,” said Tom Egan, CEO of FSL. “We know being a caregiver can be emotionally, financially, mentally and physically draining. FSL offers a variety of services to help caregivers. We want it to be a rewarding and pleasant experience.”

10 Tips for Caregivers

  1. If you are new to caregiving, learn as much as you can about your loved ones condition or diagnosis. It will help reduce your anxiety and allow you to focus on what needs to be done moving forward.
  2. Seek help and accept it when it’s offered. Prepare a list of ways others can help you so that you are ready when the offer comes. Divide tasks between siblings or other relatives, and ask neighbors or friends to check on your loved one. Seek professional help such as FSL’s Home Care or Adult Day Health Services to give yourself a break.
  3. Join a local support group, or connect with one online. Being able to discuss your situation and share both the good and bad can be a healthy outlet for stress. It will also be a wonderful way to create meaningful and lasting friendships.
  4. Set goals for yourself, both in your role as a caregiver and in your own life. Set a goal to establish a healthy sleep routine or to go for a walk each day to clear your head. Be realistic in your goals as a caregiver, and know when to say “no” or to share responsibilities.
  5. Keep up on your doctor appointments. Being a caregiver is demanding, but don’t forget to care for yourself too. You need to keep your regularly scheduled dentist and doctor appointments. You need to stay healthy and strong as a caregiver.
  6. Plan a night off! Set aside time each week for reconnecting with friends or family. It’s important to have a support team on standby, taking care of your loved one during this time so that you can turn off the phone and focus on yourself and your own emotional needs.
  7. Communication is key. Make sure you are communicating often with doctors and other family members.
  8. Be open to new technologies that may make it easier to organize, schedule appointments, communicate with family members out of state, etc.
  9. Make a financial plan. Start talking about it early; what are your loved one’s wishes – to age in place at home or go into an assisted living or a group home? It’s best to have those discussions early, so you can research availability and costs in advance.
  10. Remind yourself often that you do not have to be perfect! Believe that you are doing the best you can and making good, proactive decisions in regards to your loved one’s care. It’s normal to deal with feelings of guilt, but it is imperative to put yourself first.

Check our blog and social media pages throughout the month of November for more tips and tricks for family caregivers. Please make sure to sign up for our enews at www.fsl.org or watch for our posts at https://www.facebook.com/FSLhelps. Call us today at 602-285-1800 if you need help finding resources to make your life as a caregiver easier and less stressful!

The BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded grant funding in the amount of $50,000 for The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) Aging in Place educational program. The funds have been used to hire and train a Community Engagement Specialist who is responsible for creating and conducting presentations to Valley employers, community groups, churches and other organizations. The goal of the program is to provide education about FSL’s services and other community resources for aging in place.

Aging in place describes one’s ability to remain living in their own home for as long as possible, often with the support of a family caregiver. Family caregivers often do not identify as such, and rarely ask for help primarily because they do not know what help is available.
“People are often thrust into the role of caregiver when a loved one is disabled, falls ill or experiences issues related to aging,” says Tom Egan, CEO of FSL. “As employers, we need to adapt to the needs of our workforce. With support of this grant from BHHS Legacy, we will be able to meet caregivers where they are.”
According to AARP, 58% of family caregivers are currently employed, balancing work with their caregiving role. Further, it has been estimated that U.S. businesses lose up to $33.6 billion per year in lost productivity from full-time caregiving employees. These losses could be due to employees’ need to provide transportation to medical appointments, make arrangements for care or communicate with health professionals.
“FSL provides many services that can directly help caregivers; additionally, we can connect them to other resources they may need,” explains Bevin Page, FSL’s Community Engagement Specialist. “With support from BHHS Legacy we’re going to be able to expand our services, reach more people, and lessen the burden of caregiving. We’re so grateful for their commitment to our mission.”
Employers interested in this program can request one or more 60-minute presentations in their location which could be provided over their employees’ lunch hour. Presentation topics include: Self-Care Tips for Caregivers, Caregiving Techniques and Demonstrations, How to Pay for Care and Avoiding Scams, Fraud and Abuse.
FSL expects to reach 1,500 individuals through this new educational program in the first year. For more information or to schedule a presentation at your location, please contact Bevin Page, Community Engagement Specialist, at 602-285-0505 x167.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 1, 2016)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce open enrollment for the new Highland Square Senior Apartments in Cottonwood has begun. The 60 unit senior community located at 299 W. Mingus Avenue (approximately the South East Corner of Mingus Avenue and Candy Lane) will house seniors in clean, quiet, energy efficient apartments.

To request an application packet, at least one member of each household must be 62 years of age or older and qualify as low or very low income. Application packets are available by visiting Guardian Property Management in Cottonwood at Aspen Ridge Apartments, located at 831 E. Mingus Avenue or calling (928) 852-0720. The application will describe in detail what is required and the completed packet can be mailed via USPS or delivered in person. The formation of the wait list begins upon the receipt of a completed application with all the required documentation. The applicant screening process begins on August 15, 2016 and as applicants are approved they will be offered a unit.

“We have been working together with the Council and community on this development for several years,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of FSL.  “It’s exciting to see it near completion. The project brings together the best of green construction materials, innovation and energy efficiency with affordable rental rates.  All sixty income eligible residents will pay just 30% of their income for housing.  We’re really proud to be a part of such a wonderful project.”

The structure includes 50 one bedroom and 10 two bedroom apartment homes contained in an “L” shaped building design. The one bedroom units are 740 square feet in size and the two bedrooms are 957 square feet. The units will have nine foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and all appliances will have designer enhanced finish. The two bedroom units will have two baths with a split master design. Each unit will have a patio or deck with storage included. The building will have a fire sprinkler system and emergency alarm and lighting systems.

The common areas will include administrative offices, social areas, community kitchen, multi-purpose room, community meeting room, community laundry on each floor and office space/work room for supportive services providers. Elevators in the entry area will serve the second and third floors.

The project will focus on sustainability and meet various system and material uses including water efficiency (low flow unit fixtures), improved U value roof and wall systems, Energy Star appliances, lighting and windows. HVAC will utilize a heat pump split system (minimum SEER rating of 14) with heating units mounted in the hallway plenum of the units and the condenser mounted on the roof.

“We’re very excited about this project,” said Steve Hastings, Chief of FSL Real Estate Services. “It’s the last new construction RD project in the country to receive subsidies for all 60 units.  From an environmental perspective we’ve designed it to be very sustainable. The project will not have any materials with VOC’s or Volatile Organic Chemicals and the exterior walls will have sprayed in green insulation.  It’s going to be a beautiful property and we look forward to residents moving in and enjoying their new home.”

FSL is partnering with USDA Rural Development, Arizona Department of Housing, Campbell-Hogue & Associates, Enterprise, , , Johnson Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, and the City of Cottonwood on this project. Expected completion is October. 2016.

To learn more about Highland Square Senior Apartments in Cottonwood, please call (928) 852-0720 or via email at highlandsquare@gres.com.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 9, 2016)…The Rio Nuevo Board recently approved $350,000 for a low income senior housing project at the Marist College in Tucson. The project will repair and restore Arizona’s oldest and largest Adobe building. The proposed project will bring eight affordable senior living apartments to the Marist site and construct 75 affordable senior living apartments on a neighboring lot.

Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is hoping to be awarded more than $19 Million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits with additional funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County. If awarded, construction could begin later this year and the apartments would be available to seniors by early 2018.

Steve Hastings, Director of Real Estate Services, FSL says, “This is an important step in the process and represents a considerable contribution from the Tucson community. It brings us closer to the goal of saving the Marist and offering more affordable housing downtown to seniors who want access to the light rail and other amenities.”

To learn more about the Marist project, contact Steve at  602-285-1800 x 139.

 
About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 7, 2016)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce they recently received a $5,000 CoBiz Cares Foundation for their food distribution programs in Peoria and Wickenburg.

Thirteen percent (13%) of seniors in Arizona 65+ years of age live in poverty, the third highest percentage among all 50 states in the U.S. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013). To alleviate food insecurity in two metropolitan Phoenix communities, FSL has operated multi-purpose senior centers since 1979 that focus on food distribution – congregate meals, home-delivered meals, and food pantries.

The Wickenburg Wise Owl Senior Center and Peoria Community Center have on-site, full-service professional/industrial kitchens that serve congregate meals Monday through Friday, and deliver hot meals weekdays with frozen meals delivered on Friday for weekends. The Wickenburg Wise Owl Senior Center delivers meals west to Aguila, and south to Wittmann including Circle City, and Morristown. The Peoria program serves only residents of Peoria.

“Choosing between food and medication is dangerous and our elderly are forced to make this decision far too often,” said Tom Egan, CEO of FSL. “Due to an unexpected loss of pass-thru governmental funding, we were left with a $50,639 shortfall for our two food distribution programs this fiscal year. We’re thrilled to have support from CoBiz Cares Foundation, it will prevent us from turning away elderly adults or adults with disabilities who need food.”

To learn more about our food distribution programs in Peoria or Wickenburg, contact ________.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 16, 2016)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce Eileen Madden Mitchell has joined the organization’s board of directors.

Mitchell serves as the Chief Programs & Logistics Officer for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Some of her strengths include: leveraging a global background in supply chain, logistics, sales operations, planning and technology to create positive interactions and enhance team identity while achieving realistic solutions to the most difficult business dilemmas.

Previously, she was with Amdahl Corporation, Cisco Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 4, 2016)… FSL Real Estate Services is pleased to announce they were selected by the City of Phoenix to construct 121 energy efficient, affordable homes in the South Phoenix Village area near 24th Street and Broadway. The design phase will begin in March 2016 and construction is slated to begin in July 2016. The project will be completed over the next three to five years.

“We’re excited to partner with the City of Phoenix to bring energy efficient and affordable homes to this neighborhood,” said Steve Hastings, Director of Real Estate Services, FSL. “We have a great deal of experience in this area and will include features that will save residents money on their utilities bills.”

A “meet the developer” event was held near the site of the new infill development project on Feb. 27, 2016.

City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego attended and told the crowd, “I am ecstatic to see this infill project move forward.  After a series of public meetings to gain community input, the City of Phoenix has started a partnership with FSL Real Estate Services to convert 121 vacant lots in the neighborhood to new energy efficient, single-story homes over the next three to five years.  This is especially exciting as it will be located in the heart of the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood, a truly mobilized neighborhood where residents actively volunteer and are dedicated to improving the neighborhood located between 24th Street to 32nd Street, Broadway to Roeser. Through this infill project, the City will be able to increase owner occupancy and achieve quality housing by building new, energy efficient, single-family homes at an affordable price. In addition bringing additional quality homes to the area will improve the area’s market conditions overall, facilitating high-quality development for the 24th Street and Broadway community.”

For more information about this project, please contact Steve Hastings at 602-285-1800 x 139.

About FSL
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 10, 2016)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce Scott Wallace, Brenda Holt and Erik Heuser have joined the organization’s board of directors.

Wallace is a partner with Wallace, Plese + Dreher, LLP. He has over 40 years of CPA experience with local and national firms in Phoenix and Southern California. Scott’s community involvement has included Chairman of CPAmerica International, Valley Leadership, Child Crisis Center board member, Toastmasters International and Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems board of directors. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Holt is senior program administrator for AARP and is responsible for coordinating activities to support the various programs and events on a local, state and national level. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. Brenda has held various positions in non-profit organizations such as PetSmart Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Highland Park Economic Development Corporation, and the Dept. of Justice Weed & Seed Program.
Heuser is Chief Strategy Officer at Taylor Morrison and has been with the company since 2004. His responsibilities include establishing strategic direction, business development and strategic initiatives; as well as portfolio management and evaluation of all contemplated investments and divestitures by way of chairing Taylor Morrison’s (NYSE: TMHC) Investment Committee He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Illinois State University; as well as an M.B.A. He’s had the opportunity to participate in varied executive programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, University of Chicago, Stanford University, M.I.T., Pepperdine University, and The Kellogg School. He’s an active member of ULI, ASU’s Real Estate Council, and contributes to the Boy Scouts of America.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Who: All unpaid Caregivers in Arizona

What: A day for family caregivers, who are typically unpaid for their service, to learn about community resources that will simplify their daily lives while providing them the opportunity to put themselves first for an afternoon.

Where: FSL Caregiver House, located at 1201 E Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Why: In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, we’re hosting an inaugural Resource & Relaxation Retreat (R & R) on Friday, November 13, 2015.

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Did you know? Few people identify themselves as family caregivers, yet in Arizona alone 855,000 family caregivers provide care at an estimated value of $9 billion annually. Family caregivers accept their roles gladly but are generally unprepared for the financial and personal stresses they assume.

If you’d like to learn more or if your company would like to make a donation to the event, please contact Megan Word, marketing & communications manager at 602-285-0505×327 or email at Donations@FSL.org.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

For more information,
Lindsay Hansen, PR Consultant
480.205.6195 cell
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Phoenix, Ariz. (Aug. 27, 2015) – The Arizona Department of Housing has announced the recipients of the 2015 Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Awards. The Awards recognize outstanding service by individuals and organizations for their commitment to numerous housing issues throughout the state.

Nominees in seven different categories were selected based on their efforts to support affordable housing for moderate and low-income Arizona families. The awards are named in honor of the outstanding public service exemplified by the late Brian Mickelsen, an original member of the Arizona Housing Finance Authority and former city manager for the Town of Cottonwood.

Foundation for Senior Living’s Flagstaff Senior Meadows was recognized with this year’s Exemplary Rural Multifamily Project Award. This award recognizes an outstanding multifamily rental project in rural Arizona that serves low to moderate income individuals, families or seniors.

“We’re honored to be recognized for our quality and affordable project,” said Steve Hastings, Chief of FSL Real Estate Services. “Flagstaff Senior Meadows is only possible because of great partners like the Arizona Department of Housing, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Tofel Construction. It’s a property we’re very proud of and appreciate being recognized for our efforts to offer adorable housing to moderate and low income Arizonans.”

Flagstaff Senior Meadows consists of 60 affordable apartment units for low-income seniors 62 years and older. The unit mix includes 46 one-bedroom/one bath and 14 two-bedroom/one bath units. The projects Community Life Center is a central hub for on-site community services with beautiful mountainous views of Humphreys Peak.

Flagstaff Senior Meadows’ environmentally conscious universal design promotes the highest quality of life for Flagstaff seniors with incomes ranging from 40 percent to 60 percent of Area Median Income. The project allows seniors to “age in place” maintaining self-sufficiency and independence.

The awards were presented on Aug. 26 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona at a luncheon during the 12th Annual Arizona Housing Forum. To learn more about all the recipients, visit: https://housing.az.gov/.

About the 2015 Housing Forum
Now in its twelfth year, the Arizona Housing Forum is the only statewide affordable housing conference in Arizona. It has become a venue for elected officials, policymakers, industry professionals, advocates, and community leaders from across the state and nation to address the significant challenges facing Arizona’s housing market. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Into the Light”. This year’s Forum will include keynotes by Arizona Department of Housing Director Michael Trailor; Arizona State University Research Professor Dr. Lee McPheters; and Recast City’s Illana Preuss.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 26, 2015)…The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is pleased to announce they have started construction on the new Highland Square Senior Apartments in Cottonwood. They broke ground on the 60 unit senior community located at 299 W. Mingus Avenue (approximately the South East Corner of Mingus Avenue and Candy Lane) on Aug. 20. The new senior apartments will be clean, quiet, energy efficient and provide healthy living to all residents.

“We have been working together with the Council and community on this development for years,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of FSL. “It brings together the best of green construction materials, innovation and energy efficiency with affordable rental rates. All sixty income eligible residents will pay just 30% of their income for housing. We could not be more pleased.”

The structure includes 50 one bedroom and 10 two bedroom apartment homes contained in an “L” shaped building design. The one bedroom units are 737 square feet in size and the two bedrooms are 950 square feet. The units will have nine foot ceilings, walk‐in closets, and all appliances will have designer enhanced finish. The two bedroom units will have two baths with a split master design. Each unit will have a patio or deck with storage included. The building will have a fire sprinkler system and emergency alarm and lighting systems. The common areas will include administrative offices, social areas, community kitchen, multi‐purpose room, community meeting room, community laundry on each floor and office space/work room for supportive services providers. Elevators in the entry area will serve the second and third floors.
The project will focus on sustainability and meet various system and material uses including water efficiency (low flow unit fixtures), improved U value roof and wall systems, Energy Star appliances, lighting and windows. HVAC will utilize a heat pump split system (minimum SEER rating of 14) with heating units mounted in the hallway plenum of the units and the condenser mounted on the roof.

“We’re very excited about this project,” said Steve Hastings, Chief of FSL Real Estate Services. “It’s the last new construction RD project in the country to receive subsidies for all 60 units. From an environmental perspective we’ve designed it to be very sustainable. The project will not have any materials with VOC’s or Volatile Organic Chemicals and the exterior walls will have sprayed in green insulation. Highland Square will have an innovative Fujitzu Split HVAC managed system that senses excess heat and cold wherever it exists and redistributes the conditioned air without using any energy. It’s going to be a beautiful property and we look forward to residents moving in and enjoying their new home.”

FSL is partnering with Campbell‐Hogue & Associates, Enterprise, American Express, Arizona Department of Housing, Johnson Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, USDA and the City of Cottonwood on this project. Expected completion is Aug. 2016.

About Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing. 3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years. Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support. We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205‐6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

PHOENIX, Ariz. (July 27, 2015)…The Foundation for Senior Living is pleased to announce Mitchell Moore has joined the organization as Chief Administrative Officer.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Moore will supervise and provide oversight to the areas of Finance, IT, and Human Resources. He will be responsible for all matters related to processes, policies, procedures and financial management.

Moore brings over two decades of financial, operational and IT management, and experience to FSL. Previous experience includes leadership positions in aerospace and transportation industries including Chief Administrative Officer at Advanced Training Systems International and Corporate Controller at Superstition Trailers LLC .

He is involved in the community, where he enjoys volunteering his time as a Flinn Fellow of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and as a Board Director for Educare Arizona. He dedicates time to the Arizona Department of Education Task Force for Educator Recruitment and Retention as well as to Phoenix Suns Charities 88, American Youth Soccer Organization, and the East Valley Partnership.

About Foundation for Senior Living
FSL has a long history of helping families with issues such as health, hunger, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.  3 million Baby Boomers will turn 65 every year for the next 20 years.  Our team is ready to help Arizonans manage the aging process by providing resources, education and support.  We’re committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and caregivers in Arizona. To learn more about our programs and services, visit: www.fsl.org.

Contact: Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant
(480) 205-6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

Phoenix, AZ, February 20, 2015 – Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is looking to fill nearly 50 part-time and full-time positions at an employment fair on March 11th. Positions include nursing, physical therapy, nursing assistants, drivers, service technicians, program assistants, and more. For a complete list of available positions, please visit http://jobs.fsl.org/.
This hiring event will be held on Wednesday, March 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at FSL’s corporate office located at 1201 East Thomas Road in Phoenix. For more information on FSL’s employment fair, please visit www.fsl.org/news.
Same day interviews will be available for many of the open positions.
About FSL
Foundation for Senior Living is a local, private non-profit organization, offering the personalized and caring services for the elderly and adults with disabilities and their caregivers. Since 1974, FSL has been improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of the community, by helping them face issues of aging, ability, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of individuals without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on Foundation for Senior Living programs and services, visit www.fsl.org or call 602- 285-1800.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Megan Word
FSL Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
602-285-1800 x327
mword@fsl.org

About FSL
Foundation for Senior Living is one of the largest, private non-profit organizations in Arizona, offering the most personalized and caring services for the elderly and adults with disabilities. For nearly 40 years, FSL has improved the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by helping them face issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of individuals without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on Foundation for Senior Living programs and services, visit www.fsl.org or call (602) 285-1800.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Megan Word
FSL Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
602-285-1800 x327
mword@fsl.org

Phoenix, AZ, December 30, 2014 – On January 5th, Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) will welcome a new President and CEO – Tom Egan. Tom will be responsible for guiding the agency through the challenges of a rapidly changing environment for the design and delivery of human services, especially in the wake of healthcare reform and restructuring of government funding at all levels.
Tom was previously the President and CEO of Esperança, an international health organization based in Phoenix. In that role, Tom was responsible for fundraising and directing complex programs including oversight for health and development projects, including a volunteer surgical program in more than 6 countries around the world, including the United States.
Tom entered the non-profit industry in 1995, joining Cleveland Healthcare for the Homeless. Prior to joining Esperança, Tom also held positions of increasing responsibility at Catholic Charities Community Services Diocese of Phoenix, where he worked for 12 years overseeing a wide variety of service programs.
“I am proud to join the team at FSL and further our vision to provide a caring community that promotes the well-being of all people, protects their dignity, celebrates their achievements and encourages their independence. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day and that number will continue to grow over the coming decade. This will put a strain on the already limited services that are available for our poor and vulnerable seniors. My thought has always been when you’ve got big problems, like public health and poverty, none of those can be solved by one individual or one organization,” said Egan. “It takes a strong, collaborative relationship. People have to come together to tackle these big issues.”
About FSL
Foundation for Senior Living is one of the largest, private non-profit organizations in Arizona, offering the most personalized and caring services for the elderly and adults with disabilities. For nearly 40 years, FSL has improved the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by helping them face issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of individuals without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on Foundation for Senior Living programs and services, visit www.fsl.org or call (602) 285-1800.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Megan Word
FSL Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
602-285-1800 x327
mword@fsl.org

Phoenix, AZ, December 30, 2014 – Guy Mikkelsen has been President and CEO of Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) since December 1985. At the end of this year, he will retire.
Marisue Garganta, Chair of the Board of Directors of FSL comments, “My colleague and friend, Guy Mikkelsen, has brought to FSL an unflagging commitment to human dignity and a rich culture of personalized holistic care. Under Guy’s leadership, FSL has launched a continuing series of pioneering programs that have consistently responded to the community’s most timely needs. His contributions will be missed.”
In 1974, FSL was established by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix as a private non-profit, dedicated to providing housing and social services to elders and individuals with disabilities. In 1985, Bishop O’Brien recruited Guy to lead FSL which was struggling to stay viable. Guy lifted FSL out of debt and during his 29 years as CEO has added $48M in assets along with a projected $58M in maturing low-income housing tax credit properties. More importantly, Guy has shaped a culture of competent and caring service with a remarkable record of launching innovative programs in advance of the general industry, including adult day health care, home health, behavioral health residential homes, adult foster care services, weatherization and solar energy and real estate. Throughout his career, Guy has applied his faith-filled passion for public policy and social justice to improving the lives of the most vulnerable within our community and building a sustainable platform for person-centered services.
“If there is an unmet community need, Guy will take it on; if there is a funding source, he will find it; if there is a workable service design, he will implement and continuously improve it,” explains Linda Martin, Vice President of FSL.
Guy began his career as a caseworker for Child Protective Services in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He quickly rose to become Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Welfare. In 1979, he joined Governor Babbitt’s administration as the Arizona Administrator of the Federal Block Grants for the Department of Economic Security. In this role, he established Arizona’s Long Term Care System (SAIL); he developed the Arizona Food Bank Association; he initiated the Refugee Resettlement Program; and he launched home and community based services for the vulnerable elderly with contracts throughout Arizona.
Guy has received five prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards:
The Bishop Edward A. McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Diocese of Phoenix for serving the poor
The Alice R. Drought Lifetime Achievement Award from the Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix, Arizona
The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness
The Arizona Department of Housing Lifetime Achievement Award for creating outstanding quality in low income and affordable housing
The LBJ Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Community Action Association
Although Guy intends to start a new adventure in retirement, experience new things and spend more time with his family, he will continue to give his time and talents to the Arizona community as a Board member of CASS, the City of Phoenix Human Services Commission, the Edward J. Ryle Fund, Capernaum Young Life Ministries and the Protecting Arizona Families Steering Committee (PAFCO).
Tom Egan, former President and CEO of Esperanca, will join the FSL family as President and CEO on January 5, 2015.
About FSL
Foundation for Senior Living is one of the largest, private non-profit organizations in Arizona, offering the most personalized and caring services for the elderly and adults with disabilities. For 40 years, FSL has improved the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by helping them face issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of individuals without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on Foundation for Senior Living programs and services, visit www.fsl.org or call (602) 285-1800.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Megan Word
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
602-285-1800 x327
mword@fsl.org

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – recently donated $75,000 to Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) to purchase a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for the Adult Day Health Service Center in Phoenix.
FSL provides services to the elderly and persons with disabilities within the community that include Adult Day Services, Home Care, Home Health Services and Home Accessibility Modifications. These programs are designed to meet the social, health, psychological and spiritual needs of all seniors and persons with disabilities, promoting comprehensive home and community-based care without discrimination.
“We are so grateful to Thunderbirds Charities for the generous gift they have provided to us. Many of the Adult Day Health Service Center clients rely on transportation from FSL in order to attend the much needed program which provides socialization, therapeutic recreation, nursing supervision and a hot meal,” explained Guy Mikkelsen, President and CEO of FSL. “Community partners like The Thunderbirds enable FSL to provide services which are needed by so many in our Arizona community.”
Founded in Arizona in 1974, FSL is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by offering personalized and caring services to address issues such as ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of Arizonans without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on FSL programs and services, visit www.fsl.org.
Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona.
The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rob Myers, 480-348-7540

Guy Mikkelsen, President and CEO, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award while Steve Hastings, Chief of Real Estate Services,
Receives Partner in Housing Award

Phoenix, AZ, October 4, 2013 – The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) recognized two Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) employees with impressive awards during its 2013 Arizona Housing Forum at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, September 20th. During a special luncheon, the 2013 Brian Mickelson Housing Hero Awards were presented to individuals and programs which demonstrate outstanding public service in each of seven categories. Steve Hastings, FSL Chief of Real Estate Services, received the Arthur Crozier Partner in Housing Award.

The Arthur Crozier Partner in Housing Award celebrates the single action or a lifetime of successes of an individual committed to improving the lives of families and the health of communities through recognition that decent, affordable housing is basic to our social fabric. Steve Hastings’ lifelong commitment to affordable housing, his proactive role as catalyst and partner to other not-for-profit organizations, as well as the sheer number of quality units produced under his leadership, epitomize this definition of “Partner in Housing.”

“Steve is dedicated to the mission of housing low-income people,” Paul Ludwick of Ludwick Consulting, and member of the Board of Directors for Save the Family, explained. “When Steve is part of the development team, he really is a part of the team. He remains a problem-solver throughout the project. He is actively involved in finding the money and works from the perspective that once a project is started, it is going to get finished. I am not sure anyone could ask for more in a Partner in Housing.”

Since joining FSL’s real estate team in 2003, Steve’s leadership has added 374 affordable housing units to FSL’s portfolio, allowing it to continue its affordable housing mission. In more recent years, Steve’s guidance and stewardship have also helped four other Arizona non-profits – Arizona Housing, Inc., Save the Family, Catholic Charities Community Services, and The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center – meet their affordable housing goals. This selfless approach will provide an additional 207 units of permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless people, veterans, people with mental and physical disabilities and families. Within the next year, these individuals will enjoy beautiful, green, universally designed and affordable housing.

Additionally, ADOH presented it’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Guy Mikkelsen, FSL President and CEO. The ADOH Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates the sustained work of individuals for their exceptional contributions, vision and unwavering commitment to promoting affordable housing in Arizona. Guy was recognized for his years of commitment and dedication to providing affordable housing and promoting quality of life for seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.

This most prestigious award was presented to Guy by Michael Trailor, ADOH Director, who said, “Guy was one of the first affordable housing leaders I met when I joined the department in 2009. I was impressed with him then and now say that he is one of the best men I have ever known.”

A video shown to honor Guy at the awards ceremony shared viewpoints from many of his peers, and they displayed the same common theme – Guy Mikkelsen is a visionary. And, according to Saundra Johnson, FSL Board Member, “Phoenix and the State of Arizona are very fortunate to have someone who is so compassionate, caring, intelligent and fun to work with.”

“He is just not a CEO in name only. He’s not a figurehead. He rolls up his sleeves and he does anything he asks any of us to do. He knows every single employee,” shared Judi Greene, Director of Housing, FSL.

The full video shown at the Housing Hero Awards ceremony can be viewed at: youtube.com/fslvideos.

FSL has been honored by ADOH with awards in previous years:
2012 – Exemplary Rural Multi-Family Project – FSL White Mountain Villas, Show Low, AZ
2011 – Exemplary Rural Multi-Family Project – FSL Yuma Senior Terraces, Yuma, AZ
2009 – Superior Sustainable Design – FSL Havasu Hills Apartment Homes, Lake Havasu City, AZ

About FSL
Foundation for Senior Living is one of the largest, private non-profit organizations in Arizona, offering the most personalized and caring services for the elderly and adults with disabilities. For nearly 40 years, FSL has improved the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by helping them face issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Each year, FSL assists tens of thousands of individuals without regard to race, religion, or economic status. For more information on Foundation for Senior Living programs and services, visit www.fsl.org or call (602) 285-1800.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Megan Word
FSL Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
602-285-1800 x327
mword@fsl.org