Santa Barbara, Calif., June 15, 2016 — The David Geffen Foundation is the newest “Golden Star” to support the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village, a model solution to community-based housing for low-income seniors. The Golden Inn & Village is near completion as the first affordable senior housing campus in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.
Mr. Geffen joins legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby and wife Jan in their financial support of the Rona Barrett Foundation through the nonprofit’s Golden Stars campaign.
“The David Geffen Foundation’s recognition of the Rona Barrett Foundation and vision for the first affordable housing campus for vulnerable seniors is a big step forward in making Hollywood and other billion dollar foundations aware of the need for greater support to solve a nationwide crisis in how we house and care for the very population that helped build this country,” said Rona Barrett, Founder and CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation.
The Rona Barrett Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by Rona Barrett, the former premier entertainment industry reporter who has been a senior advocate for 20 years since retiring from the entertainment industry.
The Golden Stars campaign provides opportunities for donors to be commemorated with a permanent plaque displaying their name next to the door of at one of the 60 Golden Inn & Village apartments, community rooms and other special features of the campus.
“Becoming a permanent part of the Golden Inn & Village will also touch the lives, every day, of seniors who need to know that they are not forgotten and alone in their golden years,” said Barrett.
Mr. Geffen, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in every facet of the entertainment industry has dedicated major support to healthcare, the arts, civil liberties, HIV/AIDS, and issues of concern to the Jewish community; and has now added senior affordable housing and care services to his long list of philanthropic giving.
The Golden Inn & Village will provide a continuum of senior care services, a vibrant community center, on-site, multi-generational employee/family housing, and life enriching programs for low-income vulnerable seniors. The Golden Inn & Village is a project of the Rona Barrett Foundation in partnership with Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara and Surf Development.
The Rona Barrett Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place. To become a Golden Star or learn more about the Golden Inn & Village, please visit www.ronabarrettfoundation.org.