The Golden Years Foundation is a privately run organization set up in 1997 to assist people who were displaced in the volcanic crisis and who wanted to return home, but did not have a place to stay. Since 1998, the Golden Years Home has been providing quality care for its residents on a 24-hour basis. This includes preparing meals and providing laundry service to all its residents. There are over 20 residents residing at the home. This population is among the most vulnerable on Montserrat, yet there have been no COVID cases among the residents due to the excellent care given by the staff of the senior home. Over time, the laundry room has deteriorated, but because of budget shortfalls, the Golden Years Home has been unable to do any significant repairs. In 2020, in the early days of the COVID crisis, the last remaining laundry machine broke down and could not be repaired. The dryer has not been working for a while. The laundry equipment is beyond repair and has outlived its usefulness. The laundry room itself is also in dire need of updating. For months in 2020, the senior home laundry workers washed all of the residents' clothing, sheets and towels by hand. They were recently given a used residential washer and dryer to use, but these residential machines will not last, as the home does over 15 loads of laundry per day. The home is in dire need of more sturdy commercial laundry equipment that can stand up to over 15 loads of laundry per day every day. These commercial machines are costly.
Earlier in 2020, Cheryl White, director of the Golden Years Senior Home reached out to us for help.
So far, this project has been Montserrat teamwork at its finest. MRDF USA assisted the Senior Home with locating a professional architect and senior home planner to donate their time to render plans to renovate the laundry room to make it work better. The senior home laundry room planner is the owner of a villa on island and the laundry architect was a vacationer on the island. Ms. White facilitated with the installation quotes and identifying what the Senior Home's needs were. The Senior Home has located a local carpenter and electrician who will do the renovation work. They have also provided us with quotes to ship and install two state-of-the-art commercial laundry machines and a commercial dryer to be purchased from a vendor in the USA.
We are ready to go with this project. We need YOU to help the senior home renovate this laundry room and install new equipment so that the laundry room at the Golden Years Home can function efficiently once again.
For US citizens and charities, MRDF USA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Your gifts are tax-deductible.
For those on the island of Montserrat, please feel free to hand deliver your cash or check donation at the administrative office of the Golden Years Home. There, you should receive a receipt for your gift. Please be sure to leave your name and email address with the administrative staff so that MRDF thank you!
No gift is too large or too small. Do what you can and dig deep! All hands on deck! Please donate to this worthy cause.