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Profiles in Legacy Giving

Rita Granitz

When Rita Granitz retired from her job at PPL she spent the first month organizing and planning. “I like to set priorities as to how I spend my time,” she says. After writing 100 thank you notes to friends, family and co-workers for her retirement party and gifts, Rita was not about to be idle. She wanted to do something different than the job she retired from, and she found it at Good Shepherd.

A month after retiring, Rita began her volunteer career, including weekly visits with residents at the Good Shepherd Home- Raker Center. Fifteen years as a volunteer have given Rita a clear vision of the need for support, which is why she decided to include a gift for Good Shepherd in her will.

Rita, who was honored for her service earlier this year, chose to volunteer with residents because she has a “soft spot” in her heart for people with disabilities. She also wanted to build friendships. “I get attached to people,” says Rita. Over the years, Rita has enjoyed doing a variety of things with the residents, including helping with writing and art classes. For the last five years she has organized a weekly Scrabble game.

According to Rita, “It’s a team effort when we play and we help each other out.” Visiting restrictions because of COVID-19 have prevented Rita from volunteering since March, but she stays in touch with phone calls and sends notes of encouragement.

Rita’s gift honors and supports those residents who have become her friends, as well as those who will call Good Shepherd their home in the future. She put Good Shepherd in her will with confidence, knowing of the organization’s great reputation helping residents enjoy greater independence and a better quality of life. “I love knowing that residents will enjoy trips, holiday events, art classes and more because of my gift,” says Rita. “My heart is with Good Shepherd. It gives me great satisfaction to know that my legacy there will continue because of my gift.”

To learn more about including a gift for Good Shepherd in your will or estate, contact Jeannette Edwards, Kim Stolarik or Greg Wilson, CAP®, CFRE, at 610-778-1075 or visit GoodShepherdRehab.org/plannedgiving.