The Rona Barrett Foundation has announced that Alice Gillaroo will be leading the “Campaign for Golden Inn & Village," a three year community-wide effort to raise $3.5 million to complete the construction and furbishing of the Golden Inn & Village (GIV) and provide seed money for essential programs and services to be delivered there for all seniors from the community.
The GIV will be the first senior housing project in the County of Santa Barbara and the State of California to provide affordable, aging-in-place senior care for the Santa Ynez Valley’s most vulnerable seniors. It will be located at the heart of the community at the intersection of Refugio Road and Highway 246.
“I joined the Rona Barrett Foundation’s campaign once I fully realized the crisis of affordable housing for seniors in our community had reached a critical mass,” said Gillaroo. “I believe that we have a moral obligation to be part of a viable solution. The Foundation’s compassionate and innovative response to this social inequity is both compelling and the right thing to do.”
Gillaroo has served with the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition for the Environmental Defense Center, Child Abuse, Listening and Mediation/CALM, the Wildling Museum, and the Susan Love Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also previously served as an executive director for Heath House & Sarah House, Fund for Santa Barbara and Transition House. Gillaroo has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah.
“The Foundation is fortunate to be able to rely on the expertise of Alice Gillaroo to help lead us forward in our campaign to raise much-needed funds to complete the GIV,” said Rona Barrett.
The non-profit Rona Barrett Foundation seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn & Village (GIV), where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.For more information, visit ronabarrettfoundation.org or call (805) 688-8887.