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Glennwood Begins Capital Fund

Randy Larson, right, and his son, Trevor, second from left, are joined by Tom Straw, treasurer of the Glennwood House Foundation, and Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s Darrcy Loveland and Laura Tarbox.

The Glennwood House established a fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation to assist with its $3.4 million capital campaign to refurbish housing for up to 50 young adults, aged 18-45, who have developmental disabilities.

The Glennwood House Foundation purchased a former assisted living facility at Ruby Street and South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and last year received approval to transform it into dormitory style accommodations that comply with guidelines for people with disabilities.

The 17,000-square-foot facility will offer dining, recreational and social spaces where young adults can live in a safe, inclusive environment and work nearby. Residents will pay a monthly fee that will cover assisted care, room and board, and a variety of programs designed to prepare them for independence. Glennwood House will offer its residents job placement, life skills, volunteer work and social and physical activities.

Monthly rental costs of up to $2,500 per person would cover operating costs, but Glennwood needs to fundraise to fund renovations and to retire its debt, according to the business plan.

 “Laguna Beach is a wonderful place that has embraced our special-needs community,” said Randy Larson, president of Glennwood House Foundation. “In Laguna the young adults living at Glennwood will be able to experience new opportunities involving art, music, and sports in a beautiful environment.”

Separately, Glennwood Housing’s first stand up paddle fundraiser, held last month at the Newport Beach Aquatic Center, splashed in $19,530 for the campaign in a single day, said supporter Danielle Wilson.

Kathleen and John D'Angelo, Glennwood fundraiser raffle winners.

Kathleen and John D’Angelo were the lucky winners of the raffle. They took home a SUP board donated by Seal Beach’s Harbour Surf Shop, whose owners, Kris and Robert Howson, are Laguna Beach residents.

Opportunities exist for room naming and donor recognition at Glennwood House. Tax-deductible donations of any amount can be made to the Glennwood Fund care of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1628, Laguna Beach CA 92652.

For more information, contact Darrcy Loveland at 949-715-8223 or email: [email protected].

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  1. Lagooona says:

    Fantastic that this big building that was sitting empty for years is going to be turned into a place that cares for developmentally challenged young people! It’s just the right use for that place. I hope people in LB and all of OC get behind this and support it with donations to the Community Foundation fund.

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