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NON-PROFIT OF THE WEEK: The Rona Barrett Foundation‘s mission is to provide affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need.

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updated: Aug 01, 2015, 10:00 AM 


If you drive by Refugio Road and Highway 246 in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, you will see a lot under construction and the roots forming the groundwork of what will be the Santa Ynez Valley’s first affordable senior housing project, the Golden Inn & Village (GIV). After eight long years of planning, federal filing deadlines, local planning meetings, and fundraising efforts, the Golden Inn & Village -the landmark project of the Rona Barrett Foundation-is becoming a reality.

After taking care of her beloved, elderly father in his final years, legendary entertainment journalist and celebrity reporter Rona Barrett was compelled to take action as a senior advocate and created the Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need. The Golden Inn & Village is a mixed use development in a neighborhood setting that will provide 60 affordable living apartments for low-income seniors to reside in a comfortable, supportive environment that meets their needs as they age, and will also eventually house 60 memory care/assisted living units .

This past March, the Rona Barrett Foundation “broke ground” at the site of the Golden Inn & Village in the Santa Ynez Valley and more recently launched its new “Golden Stars” campaign, which offers a series of naming opportunities to celebrities and community donors alike to help remind vulnerable, low-income senior residents that they are not forgotten in their golden years.

The Golden Star campaign provides donors with a series of naming opportunities at various sponsorship levels ranging from $100 Donor Wall Tiles to a $75,000 Computer Room. Each sponsorship level, whether it is $1,000 Outdoor Bench or a $50,000 Beauty and Barber Shoppe, provides donors with the opportunity to “name a space” within the Golden Inn & Village.

By becoming a Golden Stars sponsor for a venue within the Golden Inn and Village, donors will be forever remembered for their support in an enduring way. Golden Stars sponsors may choose to memorialize a parent or grand- parent or make a tribute gift in honor of a family member, friend, cause, organization or their business. Golden Stars will be commemorated with a beautiful plaque or tile placed within the Golden Inn & Village and their contributions will help turn a house into a home for the area’s most vulnerable seniors.

To become a Golden Star, to make a donation, or to learn more about the Golden Inn and Village (GIV), please visit the Rona Barrett Foundation website at


About the Rona Barrett Foundation

The Rona Barrett Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.

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