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Bethlehem Foundation Makes Senior Services Grant to Free Bookmobile
Written by admin, October 29th, 2015   

We want to extend gratitude to the Bethlehem Foundation for their first-ever investment in the Free Bookmobile’s Senior Services! Their generous support will allow us to enhance and expand our outreach to Sonoma County seniors, citizens who often face significant mobility and financial challenges. The Free Bookmobile is the perfect vehicle, if you will, to address these barriers in one fell swoop — we bring the books directly to senior residences, and our service is completely free of charge!

Bethlehem Foundation was formed in 2013 in a wonderful turn of events related to the Bethlehem Tower low-income senior community on Tupper Street in downtown Santa Rosa. When the 40-year HUD loan that financed that housing was paid off, their Board of Directors was approached by Reiner Communities, a firm that acquires and manages multifamily affordable housing properties, which agreed to complete an extensive renovation and extend the affordability of the project for an additional 55 years. This was a win-win situation. The housing for low-income seniors could remain in place, and proceeds from the sale could fund this new foundation dedicated to promoting an enhanced quality of life for senior adults residing in Sonoma County.

On behalf of the many additional elders who will now receive the dignity and cultural inclusion of great books delivered to their doorsteps, we thank Bethlehem Foundation and hope that this is the beginning of a productive long-term relationship!