Oakwood Creative Care, a local nonprofit with two Mesa day clubs for those living with dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes and other disabilities, was the recipient of two 2015 Dodge mini vans from Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram plus vehicle maintenance. The in-kind value of the donation was more than $35,000 and is projected to save the organization about $3,000 a month in transportation costs, according to a press release.
“When I met Sherri Friend, president and CEO of Oakwood Creative Care, I knew there was something special about Oakwood. After I took a tour of their town center location I knew what I wanted to do,” Al Heggs, owner of Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 6130 E. Auto Park Drive in Mesa, said in the release. “Oakwood is blessing others, so I wanted to bless them,” he said.
On Friday, April 3, Mr. Heggs and his crew delivered the two vans for a big reveal and celebration at 247 N. Macdonald in Mesa, according to the release.
OCC’s day clubs at 247 N. Macdonald and 7550 E. Adobe Road offer nonpharmacologic therapeutic therapies not based on medication alone to help manage complex behaviors and improve the quality of life of persons with dementia. The approaches include environmental redesign, the use of music, art, exercise, touch and/or other sensory-based strategies, caregiver training, community events, woodworking, friendship, volunteerism, gardening and cognitive therapies, according to the release.
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