March 26, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

We hope you, your friends, and your family are safe and healthy. We would love to hear from you and know how you are managing during this unprecedented time.

Seacrest Foundation staff care about each of you. You can call Robin Israel, Seacrest Foundation Chief Foundation Officer, at (760) 271-1351 day or night.

Many of you have called to make sure the residents of Seacrest are all right. They are. And we are sharing your messages of support.

As you can imagine, Seacrest Foundation's fundraising efforts are now more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of the Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who are depending on us during this challenging time. There are so many important causes in our community, please consider the residents of Seacrest among them.

We want to share again that there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Seacrest community. Seacrest staff and leadership are working around the clock to make sure we keep Seacrest as safe as possible. Residents have now been asked not to leave the premises for any reason.

In an effort to best help our residents and clients, and to keep them feeling connected, secure, and healthy, the following steps have been taken and are working well:

  • The live-streaming Seacrest Village TV station has a robust daily calendar broadcasting in all resident rooms. Residents are enjoying lunch and dinner-time music adventures, chair yoga and many other exercise programs, virtual tours of museums around the world, and many more activities. And they get a big dose of love when their meals are delivered three times a day.
  • The Director of Spiritual Life has a new daily show called, “Chai There from Rabbi Leah” streaming from her home, to our residents' homes. This is a tremendous support and the residents are enjoying it.
  • The wonderful Life Enrichment team is setting appointments with families to FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom video chat with their loved ones, making sure to schedule special "celebration" times for birthdays and more.
  • Seacrest management staff each have several resident "buddies" with whom they check in daily for a chat either via phone or FaceTime to see how the residents are feeling and whether there is anything they need.
  • Seacrest beauty salons are now closed; caregivers are washing residents’ hair, and helping with other "beauty services.”
  • Staff are encouraged to go home directly from work to rest, refuel, and be with their families (whom we hope are sheltering in place at home). When they do return to work, they (and all outside healthcare providers) have their temperatures taken and are of course thoroughly washing their hands before they see residents.

Tremendous additional financial support is now required to make all this possible and to protect our residents, clients, and incredibly dedicated staff who are on the front lines.

We are grateful to have received a matching gift from Esther Fischer. Her generous gift of $25,000 will double every one of your contributions.

We want to thank you for your compassion and concern for the residents of Seacrest Village, the clients of Seacrest at Home, and the staff. Seacrest is serving over 275 residents and home care clients and are determined to meet their every need.

Please help us reach this matching gift goal with a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. With an abundance of love, support, patience, and precaution, we will get through this together.

As a resident said this morning “I feel protected and safe because I am here. I am scared, but there’s nowhere better to be right now. The staff are all my angels.”

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

Your Seacrest Foundation Team, on our daily Zoom conference calls, sheltering in place and doing all we can to raise funds for Seacrest's residents and clients:

Robin P. Israel, Shona Borevtiz Solano, Anna Johnston, Fredeline Engelbrecht

March 20, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

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In the face of ever changing news about COVID-19, we want to thank you for your compassion and concern for the residents of Seacrest Village, the clients of Seacrest at Home, and for our staff who are on the front lines providing care. We are serving over 275 residents and home care clients and are determined to meet their every need.

Many of your friends and loved ones live at Seacrest. And many of you have friends and family who need to hear from you. Each connection where they can see and feel your love and support via Face Time, Facebook, videos, email, and phone calls is critical.

We want to again share that there IS NOT a known case of COVID-19 in the Seacrest community. Our staff and leadership are working around the clock to make sure we keep Seacrest as safe as possible.

Seacrest has made the following changes:

  • As best as possible we are delivering meals to residents in their rooms.
  • Staff are visiting with residents in their rooms.
  • We are encouraging small group visits (five or less.)
  • Seacrest Village TV is live-streaming synagogue services, exercise programs, and other activities into resident rooms.
  • We are preparing for a virtual Passover Seder.
  • Our staff are assisting residents and clients to “see” their loved ones with Face Time and other social media. Today, one of our residents used Face Time for the first time to see her grandson in London. She was delighted.

We are grateful to have received a matching gift from Esther Fischer. Her generosity will double every one of your contributions, up to $25,000.

Tremendous additional support is now required to keep the residents and clients safe and healthy in their homes. Seacrest residents, clients, and staff are one another’s immediate visual family right now. The ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. Isolation, anxiety, and depression are very common in these situations; we are aware and doing our best.

We need your financial support to make sure we have enough staff and technology to accomplish this. 

Please help us reach this matching gift goal with a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. With an abundance of love, support, patience, and precaution, we will get through this together.

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

March 17, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

We hope this letter finds you managing as best as possible. We are certainly in unprecedented and uncertain times; we thank you for your kindness and concern and compassion, now and always.

Seacrest Foundation's fundraising efforts are more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of the Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who are depending on us during this challenging time.

Many of you are asking how you can help, and we are grateful that you are. Our needs at this point are growing and changing, but there will no doubt be tremendous additional support required to keep the elderly in our community safe and healthy. Please know that Seacrest DOES NOT have COVID-19 in the community. Everything that is being done is preventative, and as we now know, very necessary:

Please help us with a gift to Seacrest Foundation to support:

  • Technology to keep residents and clients from feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety.
  • Additional labor costs to provide adequate care for our residents and clients.

Thank you for considering a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. 

We found comfort in these words from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:

  • "Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place."
  • "Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern."
  • "Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."

Please visit the Seacrest Village website where you will find periodic updates and protocols from Pam Ferris, Seacrest Village President and CEO: COVID-19 UPDATES.

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

March 13, 2020

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Dear Seacrest Foundation Family and Friends,

We hope this letter finds you well.

Because you care so much about the residents of Seacrest Village and the clients of Seacrest at Home we want to take a moment to let you know how much we appreciate your calls and support during this time. Seacrest Foundation is actively responding to your calls and we are so grateful to you. Our fundraising efforts are more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of those who are depending on us during this challenging time.

Please know that Seacrest DOES NOT have COVID-19 in the community. Everything that is being done is purely preventative.

We want you to know that effective March 12, 2020, the important decision was made to not allow families, friends, and visitors into the Seacrest community. All mandatory outside persons entering Seacrest Village will be closely monitored. While all situations cannot be controlled, the greatest priority is to keep the residents and staff healthy.

Please visit the Seacrest Village website where you will find periodic updates and protocols from Pam Ferris, Seacrest Village President and CEO: COVID-19 UPDATES

Thank you in advance for supporting Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community.

In good health, we wish you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair