JI member Dennis Longwell has proved that you can go home again. Formerly a board member of the JI Foundation where he served as Grant Review Chair and ultimately President from 2006-2008, Dennis has recently returned as a Site Review Team Captain, evaluating Striving for Success (providing laptops for a Gifford Middle School after school program) and St. Francis Manor (offering affordable, efficiency apartments for low-income seniors who are able to live independently). The St. Francis grant will help the center to build 18 new housing units, so critically needed because “the availability of such housing in our county is very limited, with long waiting lists before openings actually occur,” according to Dennis.
“We are so pleased to support St. Francis Manor, as it provides a pleasant setting and congenial social environment for financially needy older folks who might otherwise be living in their cars or in sub-par living accommodations.” Dennis Longwell
The needs in our community are great, and we are truly thankful for the outpouring of support from our generous donors in John’s Island. Your spirit and compassion allow the Foundation to make a lasting difference in the lives of residents throughout Indian River County.