Story and photos by Ima Denmon
Grandfamilies Place has been a godsend to the grandparents of the South Phoenix community. It was established three years ago for people who for different reasons and circumstances have had to take over the care of their grandchildren. It is one of the properties in Tanner Property Corporation of which Calvin Goode is Board president. The property was built in 2011 and opened in 2012 at 5150 S. 18th Place in Phoenix. The residential complex filled in three months and has remained so, but as with any other apartment complex, vacancies do come available.
The main building houses a computer room and a community room always full for social activities. The residents’ council plans activities, outings, and after school programs for the children and the management staff has been excellent, working hand in hand with the residents. Girl Scouts, bingo, health screenings, AHCCCS assistance, a summer food program, a bicycle program, and nutrition classes are just some of the activities available for residents.
At a recent three-year anniversary celebration staff members, all wearing lime green tee shirts, warmly greeted guests. Guests gathered in the community room, on the patio and outside. They were offered barbeque dinners and dessert as they talked with each other, watched the children play on the patio and danced to the good music of Dee Jay Maurice Cutler, courtesy of the Sons of the American Legion Post #65. Later in the evening, many grandparents gathered on the patio to watch the children play and ride the bicycles donated to them by the Sons of the American Legion.
Tanner Properties Board President Calvin Goode spent the day and evening circulating and enjoying the residents, visitors and children. It was a beautiful day for everyone and definitely a successful third year celebration for Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix.