Vital Life Foundation
Residents at Long Term Care Facilities Give One-Thousand Backpacks to Employee Families in Need Backpack to School Event Brings Timely Relief to Families of Long Term Care Employees

August 31, 2009 – Residents of long term care facilities delivered over one-thousand backpacks with school supplies for the children of long term care staff. The backpacks were gifted to school-aged children of participating long term care providers across the West coast on August 31.

 The Backpack to School event was spearheaded in 2008 by members of the Vital Life Foundation in hopes of repaying staff members for the countless hours of care and thoughtfulness they contribute day after day. The Vital Life Foundation is a Nonprofit that actively supports organizations that provide meaning and vitality to the lives of seniors and staff members in long term care.

Leaders at the Vital Life Foundation are aware of the selflessness associated with long term care occupations. Backpack to School acts as an avenue to create a significant difference in the lives of the men and women who provide daily care, assistance and treatment to some of the region’s most vulnerable elderly citizens.

Residents Ease Burden of Back to School Costs
The average family receives letters in August detailing the long list of needed supplies for each of their school-aged children. On average these supplies run up to $100 per child and can be incredibly time consuming. Oftentimes, the families of long term care staff include single parents, foster parents and families extended beyond their means. It is with the help of local community partners such as Kinetic Group, Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Bay Bank, Target Wal-Mart, Costco and others that Backpack to School is able to take place for the second year in a row, gifting these supplies to hundreds of families, region-wide.
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About Marquis Companies
Marquis Companies provide skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living and memory care throughout its 26 facilities in Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho and Nevada.  Marquis’ sister company, Consonus, provides pharmacy, rehabilitation, staffing and consulting to the long term care community. Both family-owned companies share the mission to promote the vitality within everyone each company serves and its employees – and created its Vital Life Foundation to fulfill that mission. For more information, visit www.marquiscompanies.com.

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