“Find your passion, your interest, and let that be your cause.”
Debbie Steggles, Brio Living Services’ Senior Executive Director of Affordable Housing, follows these words in her career and in her giving to the UMRC-Porter Hills Foundation.
Debbie’s career began in the recreation field, but when she began to look for “a career stretch”, she came upon Cook Valley Estates where she became the director in 2000.
“I knew of Porter Hills because it’s where my husband’s grandmother wanted to move when she needed more care,” says Debbie. “She moved to Porter Hills Village Assisted Living at age 88 and lived there for almost ten years. Knowing of the safety net of Benevolent Care was a blessing, and she did receive assistance in her later years.”
Debbie’s commitment to giving back began at that time through her Payroll Deduction gifts to the (then) Porter Hills Foundation. “I believe in paying back what you get,” she says. “John’s grandmother was a great example of how the Benevolent Care Fund was there when she needed it.”
When the Foundation’s Team Member Support Services Fund, including Scholarships and Emergency Aid, was launched for team members on the west side, Debbie began to support both funds. “When you see how the Emergency Aid Fund is there for your employees, it’s very meaningful. It makes you want to help refill that bucket.”
To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of the older adults we serve, and our team members, visit Foundation.UMRCPH.org.