SimplyHome, Eblen Charities Form New Partnership To Provide Technology for Independent Living
Partnerships are certainly nothing new for Eblen Charities. Much of the outreach Eblen provides for our community and for the many tens of thousands of children, adults, and families they serve are made possible through collaborations with other great organizations and companies.
So when Asheville, NC-based SimplyHome was looking for a way to give back to the local community, a new partnership with Eblen Charities was born.
“We are excited about our new partnership with SimplyHome and the opportunities that it brings to serve more families in our community,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “Drue and Allen have been such an important part of Eblen Charities for so long and now to partner with them and SimplyHome is a great honor for all of us at Eblen.”
In conjunction with the premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition last Friday, Eblen and SimplyHome hosted a benefit event for their new partnership – No Place Like Home.
No Place Like Home will assist senior adults and people with disabilities in accessing assistive technology to support independence in the home setting. These technologies will provide solutions for family members and caregivers to connect remotely with their loved ones, therefore extending the scope of independent living support.
This past June, SimplyHome was invited to work with ABC Television Network’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Pennsylvania to assist Brian Keefer, a young man who was involved in a gymnastics accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. SimplyHome was asked to join the project to create custom technologies, like a voice activated bed and drink dispenser, to help Brian live more independently. The show aired Friday October 21, 2011 at 8pm EST.
“It has been a privilege to work with Eblen Charities for the past 12 years. During that time, we have seen all that can be and has been done by volunteers, Eblen staff and corporate partners to meet the needs of Western North Carolinians. It will be an honor to work with Eblen to bring assistive technology solutions to the loss or lack of independence that many persons with disabilities or concerns due to aging face. We are looking forward to partnering with Eblen Charities to better the lives of individuals and families living in our community,” said Allen and Drue Ray, founders of SimplyHome.
As our community’s needs continue to grow, unprecedented numbers of families are calling on Eblen for assistance. The No Place Like Home partnership between SimplyHome and Eblen Charities will attempt to address the growing needs of our community.
For more information about Eblen Charities please visit their website at www.eblencharities.org.
For more information on SimplyHome please visit website at www.simply-home.com.
Watch this video to learn more about the program.
SimplyHome’s VP Jason Ray talked to Victoria Dunkle this morning on WLOS about our involvement with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show airing tomorrow at 8/7c on ABC. If you weren’t able to watch this morning, check out these videos and remember to join us tomorrow night for the showing and fundraiser at Ferguson Auditorium in Asheville. Our goal is to raise funds for the Keefer family and our new local program called “No Place Like Home.” We have partnered with a local charity organization, Eblen Charities, to create a program that would allow folks with disabilities or illnesses to use technology to maximize their independence. If you can’t join us at the event, visit www.simply-home.com/extreme for all of the details and donation information.
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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 17, 2011 – Simply Home announced this week its partnership with Eblen Charities to promote a new program – “No Place Like Home” – which promotes independence through technology.
A premier fundraising benefit is scheduled for October 21 at AB Tech. Donation information and a chance to win a free iPad may be found at: www.simply-home.com/extreme.
The money raised at the Friday, October 21st event will be divided between four causes. A substantial portion of the money raised will be used to jump start “No Place Like Home,” a Western North Carolina Eblen program focusing on helping people who may benefit from technology to live more independently. A donation will be made to the Keefer family who appeared on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. SimplyHome installed technology in the family’s home to make life easier for all parties involved. The October 21 date was chosen for the fundraiser to coincide with the 8:00 p.m., two-hour Friday night premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC. Additionally, a donation will be made to Arc of NC and UCP of Central Pennsylvania to aid these programs as they implement the use of assistive technology for their service recipients.
“We are trying to create an awareness of what tools are available in our community to promote independence,” says Allen Ray, CEO of Simply Home. “Many years ago, a person’s only option was to have someone sit with him or her when there was a special need or priorities and concerns for life changed. We can now create many different outcomes and solutions through technology.”
Located in Asheville, NC, SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products to promote independent living. Aging in place and helping people with disabilities to live independently is the business’s core focus. SimplyHome’s support systems are individually tailored to meet specific needs and to assist care providers.
About Eblen Charities
Founded in 1991, Eblen Charities is a non-profit organization whose outreach extends throughout the counties of western North Carolina and through its numerous programs has helped thousands upon thousands of families each year with medical and emergency assistance.
For more information, visit: www.EblenCharities.org .
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SimplyHome is excited to host a visit from Thom Tillis, NC Speaker of the House, tomorrow. He is interested is speaking about how technology can be used to further independence while cutting costs. He feels like SimplyHome is leading the charge on technology in North Carolina and ready to discuss how we can work together.
Watch this video of a recent speech to the Arc of NC. Around 6 minutes you will hear his reference to SimplyHome.