Heritage donates to Anew Center in memory of late employee

Submitted Photo Bethany Smart of the Anew Center was recently presented a check for $2,000 in memory of Heritage employee the late Shari Robbins. Pictured with Smart is Lisa Haglund, Heritage Director of Marketing and Development and Laura Blake, Heritage Corporate Human Resources Director.

In November 2016, Heritage employee Shari Robbins lost her life as a victim of domestic violence as she was on her way to work.

Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life, and one in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

As an organization, Heritage has committed to do all that they can do to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again to one of their own, or anyone else who might be dealing with a similar issue.

This October and November as a part of their “Shine The Light” campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence, Heritage worked to raise funds for the Anew Center in Jamestown. Through their endeavors, which included Shine The Light shirt sales, bracelet sales and employee donations, Heritage was recently able to donate $2,000 to the Anew Center in Jamestown.

Lisa Haglund, director of Marketing and Development for Heritage said, “Heritage, one of the largest employees of Senior Care in Chautauqua County, wants to make a positive impact for not only our employees, but for Chautauqua County as a whole. By raising awareness and funds to benefit the Anew center, we feel we can create positive change and we ask that other organizations throughout Chautauqua County join us in making a difference in regards to Domestic Violence. Together, we can create change and help those who so desperately are in need of our help.”

Heritage Ministries is a non-profit, human service organization serving the Chautauqua County region with over 800 employees. Independent and assisted living residences for seniors are located at The Homestead in Gerry and at The Woodlands on Southwestern Drive in West Ellicott. Rehabilitation and skilled nursing services are provided at The Village (Gerry), The Park (Jamestown), Orchard Grove (West Ellicott) and The Green (Greenhurst). Additionally, Heritage Living at the Chautauqua Mall serves the community by providing an easy-access location for area seniors, and their families, to get answers to questions about a senior’s evolving needs. Anyone looking for more information about the programming available at Heritage Living should call 763-5608. For information on all other Heritage locations, please call 487-6800 or visit www.heritage1886.org