Every Hollywood icon at one time or another needs a facelift to stay fresh and the same is true for Project Angel Food.
Thanks to the generosity of Thomas Safran & Associates, Project Angel Food is getting much needed renovations on September 11, 2018. The affordable housing developer picked the longtime charity as its recipient of “The Big Give.” Jordan Pynes, President of Thomas Safran & Associates, says, “We want to remember those we lost on September 11th, but our goal is to also do something positive for the community on this important day.”
The company will shut down on Tuesday, September 11th and their 200 employees will report toProject Angel Food to make a difference. “I am blown away with excitement,” Richard Ayoub, Executive Director, says, “they are repaving our parking lot, refurbishing our stairwell, remodeling our bathrooms and that’s just the beginning.”
Employees will help cook, prepare and deliver meals, along with designing birthday bags for clients. Others will paint the organization’s second floor facility, experts will reorganize storage closets and copy rooms and those with a lot of patience will put together Ikea furniture and completely redesign the volunteer lounge, the second floor lobby and the employee lounge.
“We have a team of highly experienced maintenance staff with skill levels in construction, lighting and painting that have been planning for the past three weeks so that we make a big impact on September 11th,” says Pynes.
On top of the renovation project, all 60 development properties and thousands of low-income residents have been involved in a month-long fundraising drive to raise money and in-kind donations for Project Angel Food. TSA involves their residents to get everyone involved and help “pay it forward”. A final check will be presented on September 11th at a dedication ceremony in the organization’s parking lot.
“We are especially proud of this ‘Big Give’ experience, because our drivers deliver nutritious food to 12 of TSA’s properties. So, in some cases, the residents we are helping are in turn helping us!” says Richard Ayoub.
Inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s Reality Show, Oprah’s Big Give, TSA’s Big Give has been helping LA charities for over 10 years. Some include the LA Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Carnegie Middle School, LA Works, Operation School Bell, LA Parks Foundation, St. Joseph Center, Hillsides and Camp Bob Waldorf and Camp Whittle.
Since 1989 Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered over 11 million meals – currently 12,000 per week – free of charge to men, women and children living with critical illnesses. Project Angel Food expanded its initial mission from serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for those combatting cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, congestive heart disease and other illnesses. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy, nutritious meals throughout 4,400 square miles of LA County. More than 98% of Project Angel Food clients are living below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this, 37% Latino, 29% African-American, 22% Caucasian, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American and 5% Multicultural.