DeKALB – Barb City Manor in DeKalb was selected by 100+ Women Who Care to receive its August 2020 Greatest Impact Award, totaling $13,600.
The 100+ Women Who Care DeKalb/Sycamore Chapter is one of 900 chapters worldwide that raises money for grassroots charities in their local communities. At each meeting, representatives from three member-nominated 501(c)3 nonprofit charities present a project for consideration for the award. During meetings, each member votes for one of the three projects and writes a check for $100 to the winning charity.
To adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the DeKalb/Sycamore Chapter has suspended in-person meetings. For the August Greatest Impact Award, each of the three charities submitted a 500-word essay describing their organization and how the award would be used. The essays were emailed to members. Each member voted electronically for the charity of their choice.
Barb City Manor Retirement Home was chosen for the award to help with its elevator modernization project.
Barb City Manor’s two main elevators were installed in 1960, when the new addition to the DeKalb Public Hospital building was constructed. The Montgomery traction elevators are now obsolete, and parts are no longer available for repairs. The project’s cost will be approximately $500,000. Most of Barb City Manor’s residents are 80 or 90 years old and depend on the elevators to navigate the four-story building for meals and to leave for appointments.
Barb City Manor is an independent living retirement community in DeKalb that was established in 1979. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are rented to seniors on a month-to-month basis. The center offers three meals per day, weekly housekeeping and linen service, and staff on duty 24/7.
“We are delighted Barb City Manor was the winning charity at our Aug. 12 meeting,” said Mary Beth Van Buer, a member of DeKalb/Sycamore Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care.