By JIM ARBER
For The Vista
For five years now the Fairfield Glade Resident Services (FGRS) has been faithfully serving the Glade community in many important ways.
FGRS is an all-volunteer, tax exempt group that exists primarily to improve life here in the Glade. As their motto says, “Together, we can enhance our quality of life.”
They have been supremely successful in their efforts to help the community. And now THEY need the community’s help.
But before we spell out the rest of the story and what FGRS needs are, let’s review what they have brought to the community.
Many of you Dear Readers have already attended many of the events put together by FGRS. The most recent of these was the well-attended Proton Therapy presentation about a new and promising cancer treatment. Space here does not permit a full listing of all the past events as there were 27 of them in the past four years. These presentations provided information about human and social issues, home safety and security, healthcare and related services.
FGRS also helps with coordinating services and assists with forming intervention support teams. A high priority is placed on identifying future needs thus increasing their value to the community even further.
In short, if you have a problem there is a good chance FGRS will be able to help. Kinda like that big brother some of you were fortunate enough to have. Yes, there will be instances where the help and advice required is beyond the scope of FGRS. In those cases FGRS is frequently able to recommend other sources that may have the required expertise and qualifications. Remember, FGRS exists to help you.
There’s more. Over the past two years they have developed a “Home Delivered Meals” program focused on homebound residents, with inclusion of others based on age and special considerations. This makes it possible for folks to purchase delicious, nutritional meals prepared by the food pros at the Good Samaritan Society-FG complex.
These meals are provided at less than cost and are delivered to your door. FGRS organized the “Vial of Life” program which provides first responders with vital medical and contact information. The “Welcome Home” program welcomes new residents and introduces them to the Glade area and all that it offers. The Neighborhood Watch Care Ring (NW “C” R) program development was facilitated by FGRS. It was developed not only for crime prevention but also to provide assistance and care in time of need.
Indeed, FGRS has become a welcome, needed and positive factor in our community. Every Glade resident can rest a bit easier knowing that FGRS is here and available for help when needed. Of course there is another, more mundane side effect. Any prospect considering the Glade as a possible future residence would be positively influenced by the existence of an organization like FGRS.
And now for the rest of the story. In 2011 FGRS was the recipient of a remarkable gift from Elk Valley Health Services. They were offered “rent free” use of a portion of their leased facility at 7014 Peavine Road.
In September of 2012 their good fortune continued after Elk Valley vacated. The good folks at Wyndham Corporation then generously extended to them the rent free use of the entire facility.
Now, Wyndham needs the space back to manage their business. FGRS will need to vacate by December 1, 2013. Yep, that’s only about nine weeks away and as of this writing they are still looking for a new home. Prior to the Elk Valley gift their previous headquarters was at the private residence of one of the directors. They have gotten too big for that. Allowing them to go homeless is not an option. They are simply too important for that to happen.
The effort to find a new home has been underway for several weeks. As of this writing there have been no matches of the total needs of FGRS.
Realtors, the FGCC and Peavine Road businesses have been involved in trying to find an acceptable location.
The feeling is that there is someone out there that has information that might be useful in securing a new home for FGRS. So here are the “wished for” details: 1200 sq. ft of floor space, 3 separate office areas, conference room, some storage, and a ground floor location with private entrance.
So there you have it. You should be confident in the knowledge that FGRS is made up of concerned, dedicated residents that give of their time solely to help improve the quality of life here in the Glade.
This was started to serve seniors, modified to include any resident that may need assistance or information. By any assessment, FGRS has done an outstanding job.
It is unthinkable that they will become homeless in a few weeks. As for Wyndham, they have been most generous; they just need the space to conduct their business.
As for FGRS, they have helped countless residents in many different ways for many years. Now, they need your help.
The businesses, residents, Churches, Service Clubs all of us need to keep our eyes peeled and creativity piqued to help find a resolution to this problem. The folks that can make this happen are out there. It must happen.