Through four 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
For over a decade CrestWood’s Kitty Garvey and Diane Kent have served the Glendora Public Library in various jobs through the library’s Friends Foundation. Most notably their leadership with the Libraries largest annual fundraiser, Night on the Plaza, raising over $1,500,000 in the past decade.
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. 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.
CrestWood is currently working with Mary’s Mercy Center and the City of San Bernardino on the planning and entitlement stages of Mary’s Village, a multi phased 10 acre campus which will hope to include a long-term transitional home for 80 men, medical facility, educational facility, and long term permanent housing for the men that successfully complete the program. It is our goal to break ground on this much needed project in early 2017
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. This program is for preschool through 8th grade students who attend public, private and home schools. It takes place Wednesday through Friday and is 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.
Tijuana Mission Outreach Foundation
Starting in 2001 Team CrestWood joined forces with Fr. Pat Travers and students from Damien High School in La Verne, the alma mater of seven CrestWood employees, to travel to Mexico to build dignified housing for families in North/Western Mexico, the outlying areas of Tijuana. These dedicated volunteers work 12-hour days to build homes and other structures for needy families in Tijuana, Mexico. Many of 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, 5 churches, and several community buildings for the people of Mexico.
CrestWood’s support of HomeAid began with the Hurricane Katrina Disaster in 2006, when the call came out to help rebuild New Orleans, CrestWood initiated a program to match donations of up to $25,000 in their sales centers, which guest, homebuyers, employees, and trade partners responded to overwhelmingly. CrestWood was honored to match their donations which were used to help support the HomeAid Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund, and the building of the first Post-Katrina “Sustainable Building” Project, a 4,000 sf home to house families displaced during the disaster.
Seeing the great work in New Orleans by the homebuilding industry through HomeAid, Terry Kent soon joined the HomeAid IE chapters Board of Directors, later serving as Chapter President for two years, as well as Builder Captain on the Veronica’s Home of Mercy 1 & 2 and Casa Merced 3 projects providing a combined total of more than 125 long term shelter beds in the Inland Empire.
CrestWood Communities and Affiliates over the years have proudly provided financial or in-kind support to the following community organizations:
- AYSO – Upland
- Bishop Amat High School – La Puente
- Damien High School – La Verne
- Foothill Christian School – Glendora
- Glendora Unified School District
- Our Lady of Angeles Catholic
- Church & School – Claremont
- Ramona Convent – Alhambra
- Red Cross – Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
- Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
- St. Dorothy Catholic Church & School – Glendora
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church & School – Upland
- St. Lucy’s Priory High School – Glendora
- Thirst Project