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Danville: The Reutlinger seeks donations for resident assistance fund

Program helps subsidize longtime residents who've outlived assets, including Holocaust survivors

The Reutlinger Community, a senior living complex in Danville, is working to raise awareness and funds this weekend for its resident assistant fund, which helps pay for longtime residents to continue living at the facility after they've outlived their assets.

The organization used to cover the costs of the special fund itself, but that price-tag now approaches $1 million annually and has become too costly for The Reutlinger to pay for on its own, officials said.

"With advances in care, residents are joyfully living longer lives," officials said in a statement. "Unfortunately, with that reality comes another one – more residents have run out of financial resources and require a subsidy to meet their expenses."

Formerly known as the Home for Jewish Parents, Inc., The Reutlinger was founded more than 65 years ago and continues to remain focused on providing the elderly Jewish community and others with a variety of independent-living and residential-care options.

The organization created its resident assistance fund to subsidize any resident who, through no fault of their own, depleted or outlived their assets, so these residents could stay in their homes, officials said. Beneficiaries include Holocaust survivors, who are guaranteed entry regardless of their financial circumstance.

The Reutlinger representatives said that no resident there has ever been asked to find alternative housing because of a lack of funds.

Still, yearly cost has grown to nearly $1 million and the organization needs contributions to help sustain the program going forward, they added.

With that in mind, The Reutlinger has declared this Shabbat weekend as "Shabbat Across the East Bay" to increase awareness and support for its assistance fund.

"Its goal is to raise awareness of the critical need in the community to raise funds for the resident assistance fund so that Reutlinger residents can live out the rest of their lives in the safe and caring home that they love," officials said.

To learn more about the program or to donate, call 648-2800 or visit the organization's website.

Located at 4000 Camino Tassajara, The Reutlinger is a nonprofit senior living community that offers assisted living, enhanced assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation services.

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