Giving back

Brooksby’s staff and residents pour into charitable organizations

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November 20th, 2019
Stan Stephenson completes a 5K walk around Brooksby Village, in Peabody, Mass., to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that supports veterans and their families.

Stan Stephenson completes a 5K walk around Brooksby Village, in Peabody, Mass., to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that supports veterans and their families.

During his working years, Stan Stephenson became aware of charity rating systems. 

“When I give, I want to give to organizations that use those resources wisely,” says Stan, a Vietnam veteran. “The Fisher House Foundation typically has a rating of 94, which means that for every dollar donated, 94 cents go directly to the foundation’s goal of building houses near VA hospitals. The houses are used by the families of veterans undergoing treatment for service-related injuries.”

The Fisher House Foundation recently sponsored its 2019 Founder’s Day Virtual Run, with participants completing a 5K run or walk in any location of their choosing and donating online to the cause.

Stan completed his 5K walk on the grounds of Brooksby Village, a 90-acre campus developed and managed by Erickson Living in Peabody, Mass., where Stan and his wife Judy have lived since August 2018.

“It was one way to do some good,” says Stan, who’s not alone when it comes to giving back in meaningful ways.

Community always wins

Brooksby residents and staff alike are committed to investing in organizations that benefit populations in Peabody and beyond.

Earlier this year, staff organized a clothing drive donation for Lazarus House Ministries of Lawrence, which offers food and clothing programs to assist struggling families.

Brooksby’s resident life team also coordinated a pet food and supplies drive, with donations going to the North East Animal Shelter in Salem, one of New England’s largest no-kill shelters.

The sales team at Brooksby Village has an ongoing connection to Citizens Inn in Peabody, an organization committed to helping families and individuals break patterns of instability by providing a safe place to stay and a meal on the table.

“Members of the sales team have participated in several events, included the Citizens Inn gala and their gingerbread house decorating event,” says Director of Sales Sue Davis.

Brooksby’s executive team has also volunteered at Citizens Inn, working together to prepare dinner for people in need. 

“We are so fortunate to work for a company that believes in giving back and encouraging us to do so by allotting volunteer hours each year,” says Executive Director Tracie Bettano. “We partnered with Citizens Inn to plan, cook, and serve dinner to between 40 and 50 people. It was a great bonding experience for our team.” 

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