Feature Stories

Staying Close to Home to Help At-Risk Families

Aug 31, 2017

Delisa Purchase, senior professional representative II, Specialty, took a day to volunteer in her community to help families in need at the Emergency Shelter Services, homeless shelter, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

“When I arrived, I was greeted by one of the directors, who showed me around the facility, which is a converted home in downtown Benton Harbor,” said Delisa. “I spent several hours deep cleaning the shared kitchen facilities—scrubbing the cabinets, windows, kitchen appliances, sinks, floors, tables and chairs.”

Later in the day, Delisa worked with employees from the shelter to decorate the dining area and prepare a meal for the more than 40 residents. After everyone was served, the team spent time visiting with the families, holding babies and playing with the children.

“Through my volunteering experience, I also was reminded that there are opportunities to serve nearly everywhere, including amazing opportunities right in your own back yard,” said Delisa. 

Emergency Shelter Services serves the greater Berrien County in the Benton Harbor area by providing room and board for individuals and families faced with the devastating loss of stable housing. While those served vary by circumstance and background, many of the residents include single mothers with young children—ranging in age from infants to high school.

Living SMART™ is the Astellas approach to preparing communities today for what can happen tomorrow. The Living SMART framework brings together the strength of the charitable Astellas USA Foundation and our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work to find the areas where we can make the most impact to improve lives. Astellas USA Foundation and Astellas CSR collaborate to create a positive impact on society through three overarching focus areas: health and well-being; Science WoRx (STEM education); and disaster response. To read more about Living SMART, see the Astellas Americas Corporate Social Responsibility Report Card.

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