In 2000, after caring for her own father as he aged and his health failed, entertainment journalist Rona Barrett was inspired to create a 501(c)3 charitable foundation to lend her voice and raise financial support from the community and elsewhere to address the most critical challenges faced by seniors. The Rona Barrett Foundation’s focus has included assisted living, day care centers and other basic needs, particularly for low-income, vulnerable seniors. Rona Barrett’s personal involvement has also provided opportunities for recognition and awareness for critical programs, issues, and policy at the national level and in the communities where our seniors are served.

“Together, we can make it possible for seniors to redefine this phase of their lives, and reinvent themselves so that they can remain contributing members of society.” – Rona Barrett, Founder of the Rona Barrett Foundation

While focused exclusively at present on The Golden Inn & Village, since its founding, the Rona Barrett Foundation has supported 25 programs serving low-income seniors:

Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Aunt Ann’s Home Care
Camarillo Hospice
Cambria Adult Resources Education Support
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County
Community Partners in Caring
Dream Foundation
Friendship Center
Garden Court
Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
Life Chronicles, Inc.
People Helping People
San Francisco Senior Center
Senior & Disabled Services
Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo
Senior Programs of Santa Barbara, Inc.
Solvang Friendship House
Solvang Senior Center
SYV Senior Citizens’ Foundation, Inc.
Unity Shoppe Building Fund
Unity Shoppe, Inc.
Valley Haven