Incorporated in 1985, Peace Village is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on charitable contributions to fulfill our mission of “embracing aging by fostering a loving and respectful community in which our residents’ individuality is honored, wellness is supported, faith is inspired, and friendships are made.” It requires a great deal of resources to provide the quality care enjoyed here at Peace Village.

The Fund Development Department helps to raise awareness of the resources needed to continue to operate Peace Village with the high quality standards that are associated with its name, while continuing to enhance the living experience for its residents. Recognizing the impact individual giving has on our mission, Peace Village offers several ways in which you can participate in meaningful giving and enhance the lives of all of the residents.

Lora's Fund

The Lora Contorno Benevolent Fund (Lora’s Fund) provides subsidized care to its residents who need financial assistance as their circumstances change or their quality of life extends their life beyond their resources, allowing them to remain in the warm, loving community they call home for as long as possible. Annually, this program requires over $400,000 in funding, and we rely on the generosity of our donors, friends and the community for support of this cause.

Lora Contorno: In 2006, Lora Contorno began her ministry of working with the residents as a Resident Support Facilitator of Peace Village. Her passion for working with seniors was carried out in everything she did. Each day she would seek out those who needed an extra kind word or smile and always prioritized the needs of the residents. This was especially true of those who had run into difficult circumstances and were in financial need. Lora always encouraged residents in this situation to feel good about accepting financial assistance from the Benevolent Fund because it plays a key role in carrying Peace Village’s mission.

Lora’s ministry at Peace Village was cut short when she lost her battle with cancer in April 2017. During her 10-year tenure at Peace Village, Lora made an enormous impact on many employees, residents and their families. Peace Village is honored to rename its Benevolent Fund to the Lora Contorno Benevolent Fund (Lora’s Fund) to create a legacy for a special woman who had a great passion for helping others in need.

How Your Gift Can Help

Peace Village accepts one-time or recurring cash donations to support Lora’s Fund, memorial/tribute gifts and other special projects.  We also welcome estate planning gifts through wills and beneficiary designations.  For more information about these options and other ways you can support the mission of Peace Village, please contact the Fund Development Director at (708) 671-2495 or email kkarwacki@peacevillage.org.

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