I wonder if I will wander

Remember when Academy Award-winning Henry Fonda’s character, Norman Thayer, lamented in "On Golden Pond"? “I couldn't remember where the old town road was. I wandered away in the woods. There was nothing familiar. Not one damn tree. Scared me half to death.” While picking strawberries, … [Read more...]

Noozhawk: David Geffen Foundation Backs Golden Inn & Village Affordable Senior Housing Project

The David Geffen Foundation is the newest “Golden Star” to support the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village, a model solution to community-based housing for low-income seniors. The GIV is near completion, and when finished will be the first affordable senior housing campus in … [Read more...]

What ever happened to Rona Barrett?

SHE HAD ALL THE STARS TALKING IN THE 1970S. POSTED: MAY 19, 2016, 1:30PM BY: METV STAFF Image: Everett Collection Before Barbara Walters started doing hour-long sit down interviews on 20/20, and long before Oprah Winfrey kicked off her talk show, there was only one woman who achieved fame for … [Read more...]


Come SMILE with us! Did you know you can shop and support the community at the same time? While stocking up on goodies for your family and loved ones, shop through AmazonSmile to contribute to the Golden Inn & Village (GIV). 0.5% of your eligible purchases will benefit the Rona Barrett … [Read more...]

Santa Ynez Valley News: Looking Back at 2015

Revisiting some of the Valley's most fascinating people Mary Ann Norbom mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com The great pleasure of being the Lifestyle Editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News is meeting and speaking with so many of the extraordinary people who live in the Valley. Some are inspiring, … [Read more...]

Today’s Caregiver: A Conversation with Rona Barrett – Interviewing the Interviewer

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Rona’s Golden Stars – Transforming Affordable Housing into a Home

To My Friends in the Entertainment Industry - those I’ve interviewed and those I didn’t and wish I had, I hope this letter finds you well....I’m a voice from your past! It’s been some time since I’ve seen or talked with some of you. Over the past years I’ve been working through my … [Read more...]

End-of-Year Giving Opportunities

If you have not already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Rona Barrett Foundation.   Your donation will go towards building the Golden Inn & Village ("GIV"), the Santa Ynez Valley's first affordable housing and care facility for our vulnerable, low income … [Read more...]

Rona Barrett Featured in Inside the Santa Ynez Valley Magazine!

In the winter edition of Inside the Santa Ynez Valley Magazine, Rona Barrett describes her journey of “Putting Down Roots, Raising a Dream” in the Santa Ynez Valley.  From entertainment journalist, to pioneering lavender farmer, to tireless senior advocate and proponent of the Golden Inn and … [Read more...]