Through three generations of homebuilding, the Kent and Garvey families have emphasized the importance of giving back to the communities in which they build. Crestwood Communities is proud to provide both financial and hands-on support to several organizations that have been influential in the lives of Kent and Garvey family members and which continue to enrich the greater community.
Glendora Public Library
Crestwood’s Kitty Garvey and Diane Kent are on the board of directors for the library’s Friends Foundation, with Kitty serving as board vice president. Through volunteerism and financial support, the Friends Foundation partners with the City of Glendora to broaden the scope of services provided by local tax revenues. Kitty and Diane serve as co-chairs for the annual “Night on the Plaza” fundraiser, which raises approximately $100,000 annually for the library. Additionally, the Friends Foundation provides ongoing support for the library’s information technology and youth reading services, as well as community education programs that take books and library services out into the community.
Mary’s Mercy Center/Veronica’s Home of Mercy
Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino provides a wide range of services to the homeless and others in need. The center serves approximately 7,000 balanced hot meals per month, distributes canned goods to the homeless and gives out approximately 1,000 bags a month containing beans, rice, tomato sauce and bread to needy families. Mary’s Mercy Center also provides free showers, clean clothing and toiletries to men, women and children; offers a free medical clinic one morning a week; and assists parents in crisis whose infants need formula, baby foods, diapers, etc.
Veronica’s Home of Mercy is a long-term transitional home within Mary’s Mercy Center, which provides a nurturing environment for pregnant women and their children as an alternative to domestic violence, abortion, substance abuse and/or homelessness. In the early 2000's with the help of Crestwood Communities Veronica' s Home of Mercy started the journey of replacing their circa 1920's facility with a larger modern facility. On December 8, 2009 Government Officials from miles around came out for the Ribbon Cutting of the new home. On that day the 15,000 sqft / 80 bed facility was dedicated to the women and children of San Bernardino. In a matter of weeks the home was filled to capacity.
Terry Kent of Crestwood Communities sits on the board of directors for Mary’s Mercy Center, and Kitty Garvey is chairwoman of the fundraiser that brings in approximately $85,000 for the center each year. Crestwood employees volunteer their time for the annual "Wheel Barrow of Toys" drive to collect toys for Mary’s Mercy children at Christmas. With the help of subcontractors and suppliers, Crestwood is in the process of constructing Veronica’s Home II, a transitional home for battered women and their children.
The Learning Center @ Fairplex
The FairKids Discovery Club Field Trip Program is a California State standards-based field trip. It is for preschool through 8th grade students, public, private and home schools, and will take place Wednesday through Friday and they are absolutely free of charge. The field trip starts at 9 a.m. and does not open to the public until 12 p.m. This gives FairKids 3 hours on grounds without the public.
With Fairplex offering the free day at the fair, it is the local community that provides the transportation. Crestwood Communities has been a proud sponsor of the Big Yellow Bus program which pays for school buses to transport children from every school in Glendora to the fair each year.
Damien High School Tijuana Mission Club
In 2001 Team Crestwood joined forces with students from Damien High School in La Verne, the alma mater of seven Crestwood employees, for the Tijuana Mission Club. The mission is to build dignified housing for families in North/Western Mexico, the outlying areas of Tijuana. These dedicated children and adults work 12-hour days to build homes and other structures for needy families in Tijuana, Mexico. Many Crestwood trade partners are also part of the team, donating materials, manpower and funds. Since 2001 this group effort has built up wards of 70 homes, 3 churches, and several community buildings for the people of Mexico.
Crestwood Communities also provides financial support to the following:
Glendora High School Basketball
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
St. Dorothy Catholic Church
St. Dorothy Catholic School
St. Lucy’s Priory – High School