Benevilla received a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust on Sept. 13 as a part of the “Now is the Moment” commemoration. 

The Piper Trust gave a record $123 million to 71 Maricopa County nonprofits, like Benevilla, still navigating the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were awarded during a series of meetings at the Piper Trust’s midtown headquarters. It was the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona. 

“Our feeling was, ‘Let’s take every penny and put it into the community,’’” Piper trustee Sharon Harper said.

“I was in tears when I received the news,” added Joanne Thomson, Benevilla president and chief executive officer. 

“Our agency has worked so hard to support our community members during this pandemic, and with generous support like this, we can continue to do so.”

During this COVID-19 crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise older adults to stay home because they are at high risk of serious complications from the virus. 

According to 2018 census population estimates, there are 254,000 West Valley senior residents or adults with disabilities, and many of them do not have a support network enabling them to stay independent at home. 

“In the world of COVID-19, the Benevilla programs have become a lifeline for many in our community who wish for themselves or their loved ones to remain safe and healthy at home,” Thomson said. 

With the grant, Benevilla can continue or enhance its program offerings, including its four Life Enrichment Programs, which provide daytime respite for family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, survivors of stroke, fall-related injuries, or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Benevilla also offers free home services that provide free assisted transportation, grocery shopping and light handyman services among other services and free Caregiver Support Groups, the Family Resource Center as well as the C.A.R.E.S. Resource and Education Program.