Our team took a special trip this June, visiting with children, families and seniors. We even spotted the 43rd President of the United States on the Annual ORIX Foundation Bus Tour. This year, we learned about the missions and programs of Bachman Lake Together, Juliette Fowler Communities and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
During our visit to the family center at Bachman Lake Together we witnessed the power of a community coming together to create new opportunities. Many families in the Bachman Lake community face the challenge of poverty, lack of quality education and adapting as immigrants to a new culture. Bachman Lake Together provides services to help families and the entire community thrive. We had a great time meeting a class full of energetic preschoolers who are students in Lumin Education’s Early Headstart Montessori program.
Our next stop was Juliette Fowler Communities where we toured The Ebby House. The home provides young women who are aging out of the foster care system a place to stay, and access to resources that help to change their trajectory toward poverty. Juliette Fowler Communities’ partnership with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services provides foster care for children. The campus also features independent and assisted living, memory care and affordable housing for seniors. During our visit, we tested out the innovative rehab equipment the center was able to purchase with the help of an ORIX Foundation grant.
“Those of us who attend the annual bus tour gain a special connection to the charities we visit,” said Carol Greene, Foundation Director. “It’s exciting to see how our investments are being put to work in the community and learn how we can best serve the charities we support.”
The bus tour wrapped up at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. And while we didn’t actually meet President Bush, we did enjoy learning about his presidency and American history, as well as viewing his famous paintings.