February 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm #3327Rana GoodmanKeymaster
On February 18, David Berman posted the following notice regarding the closing of the coffee Bar in Anthem Center:
The Foundation Assisting Seniors had given notice to the Association that they would be closing the coffee shop on February 24th. Unfortunately, they made the decision to close the shop this past Friday.
We expect to have the coffee shop back up and running with the assistance of the Community Service Group and clubs sometime in the middle of next week.
Thank you for your patience during this transition.
Today, February 19th David posted a reply from Dan Forgeron, representing the Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS) explaining the reason the coffee bar was closed so quickly and answering some of the questions many of us who owe FAS many “THANK YOU’s” have had. With David’s permission, Dan Forgeron’s unedited response follows:
On Friday, February 17, when opening the coffee shop the large cabinet had been ripped open. Partial boxes of trail mix and crackers and a full box of sugar had been taken. In the picture below you can see the open cabinet with the broken center post laying in the back.
This was the last of several acts of vandalism over the last few weeks. Last week the cabinet above the counter had been pulled open; one box each of muffins and cinnamon buns were taken. Earlier this same cabinet had the tumbler for the lock pulled out; various snacks were taken. The large cabinet had been pried open; 3 cans of coffee taken. Lastly the cabinet under the sink had been pulled open; 2 12-packs of Coca-Cola taken.
All incidents were reported to management, who quickly responded by replacing locks and working to secure the cabinets. It is unknown who did the damage and stole the product, as there are no cameras in the area.
During the last weeks, a number of customers came to the counter making negative and angry comments towards the person staffing the counter (MaryAnn Forgeron) about FAS. They made false, unsubstantiated comments about the Foundation leadership misappropriating funds or that funds were being used/taken to benefit a certain officer.
These remarks and accusations all paralleled the erroneous and probably libelous statements by (SCA director) Carl Weinstein in blog posts and club meetings under apparent authority of a SCA Board member. He was even present when one woman made her comments. While we have received many significant positive comments, we felt we could not continue to subject volunteers to the minor negative element within SCA.
The incident last Friday was the last straw, so members of the FAS executive team decided it was time to simply close the coffee shop. When we removed the Foundation’s property and inventory on Friday afternoon we DID NOT JUST SHUT THE DOORS! A sign was posted in red saying:
DUE TO SEVERAL ACTS OF VANDALISM AND LOSS OF PRODUCT OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS THE FOUNDATION DECIDED TO CLOSE THE COFFEE SHOP EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 17, 2017. WE REGRET ANY INCONVIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST 14 YEARS.
In addition, a supply of the previously posted letter explaining why the FAS coffee shop was closing including information on how to receive a refund for unused coffee card punches, was left beside the closing notice. (full notice below).
SCA management probably removed the sign as it presented a negative impression of the safety and security of the building under self-management. The SCA management eblast conveniently left the information about the above notice out of their own notice which gave our reason for closing early. FAS is not leaving because it wants or needs to. We are leaving because of actions by the SCA Board, General Manager and certain leaders of the Community Service Group (CSG).
Failing to disseminate the reasons FAS decided to close early is not fair and attempts to place the blame on, and give a bad image, of the Foundation to the SCA members. FAS has proudly served the SCA community for over 15 years. It provided: the Independence Center Annex through Pulte, the initial funding and set-up of SCA TV, developed programs, and made its durable medical equipment available. All were provided at no cost through, up until recently, a strong relationship with CSG and starting and operating the Anthem Center Coffee Shop.
In fact, FAS formed the original Community Service Club to facilitate neighbors helping neighbors by delivering durable medical equipment, providing home maintenance and other services. This became the model as FAS expanded to Solera, Aliante and Tuscany. The club later transitioned to an SCA club, then became a service group.
Since the beginning, FAS has granted tens of thousands of dollars to fund CSG operations and to support the activities of the various clubs who volunteered to staff the coffee shop. In just the last 3 years alone these grants have totaled more than $32,000.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors is not leaving SCA. We will now directly provide durable medical equipment, maintenance services, HOWRU, Medication Reminder Program, transportation and other services to Sun City Anthem residents.
To schedule services please call (725) 244-4200.
Dan Forgeron For Foundation Assisting Seniors, Inc. Trustees
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