The Jean Griswold Foundation has been providing grants to select nonprofit organizations since 2010. Its goal is to build and support programs that enhance quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities. This year, we at Griswold Home Care of Central New York chose to give our annual grant to Immaculate Conception Church of Fayetteville for their Senior Monthly Luncheon program.
Jean Griswold founded her home care business in 1982 in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her husband, a reverend, had informed Jean that an elderly woman in their parish had died because she had not received the help she needed with her daily activities. Once Jean heard this news, she was determined to never let something like this happen again. Her determination to help her community is the spark that started Griswold Home Care.
Unfortunately, Jean was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967, at the age of only 36. She worked in her office until she was 79, and passed away in 2017 at the age of 86. She was a passionate and inspiring entrepreneur, and her legacy continues to live through Griswold Home Care and the Jean Griswold Foundation.
We chose to give our 2018 grant to the Immaculate Conception Church Senior Monthly Luncheon, so we could help sustain the program in providing seniors the opportunity to socialize once a month over a healthy meal. We presented the grant check to Father Tom Ryan and the seniors at their last luncheon before the summer months. As we presented, Father Ryan kindly stated, “We are very grateful to the Jean Griswold Foundation for their generous donation to the Immaculate Conception Church Senior Monthly Luncheon. These luncheons provide a wonderful opportunity for socialization and healthy food to seniors in our community. The funds will be well used.”
We thank Father Ryan and the Immaculate Conception family for accepting our donation and allowing us to continue to provide support for seniors in our community.