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Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Sugar; it’s something that most Americans eat every single day with almost every bite of each and every meal. Even food you wouldn’t think would have sugar have them but roll under the radar with a multitude of mysterious monikers. Sucrose, dextran, lactose and a slew of others mean just one thing: your body will process it as sugar.

For many of us this doesn’t mean a thing. We go on with our day, eat, drink and create merriment so to speak. But for 9.3 percent of Americans, sugar is a cautionary tale, a dangerous substance and something to bar from our mouths. Twenty-nine million of us have diabetes.

With many of its’ residents bound by the day-to-day restrictions of a life with this affliction, Forest City Enterprises’ Park Place Towers decided to take up this cause by collecting mobile phones and donating them to Fenton, Mich. Children’s diabetic summer camp, Camp Midhicha.

Camp Midhicha works one-on-one with each camper to educate them about self-care and management of their diabetes. This process extends from ordinary daily activities like dietary management to monitoring glucose levels and medication to the intense self-testing, a comprehensive treatment plan and exercise.

These young campers are able to learn at their own pace in tandem with a team of medical professionals to discover new ways to manage their disease and develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their loved ones. Not only are they given technical and medical procedures to manage their everyday lives, but counselors work to build their confidence and self-esteem in order to better accept the responsibility for day-to-day management.

To date, Park Place Towers has been able to collect 25 phones from their residents and continue to receive more by the day. Their promise is an inspiration to us all, because they said they would!

Welcome to the 2015 CARE Challenge!

CARE Challenge

Welcome to the 2015 CARE Challenge

A big hello and welcome to the 2015 Forest City Residential CARE Program! This year we are focusing on commitment. The commitment to make promises, keep promises and have them make a difference in the lives of others.

We have partnered with Lakewood, Ohio’s not-for-profit organization, because I said I would  to introduce a fun, new way to incorporate volunteerism and service, but to also strengthen our commitments to our residents and the communities in which they live today, tomorrow and beyond. because I said I would is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Read the because I said I would story and get inspired at: becauseisaidiwould.com.

The 2015 CARE challenge will run April 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Each team will kick-off the CARE Program by submitting their overall “because I said I would.” promise card by May 15, 2015. From there, teams can work on developing their supporting promises.  Yes, this date has been extended, so there is still time to submit your team’s promise card!

Now we bet you’re wondering, “Where can I find all of those wonderful promise cards to make my CARE challenge really shine?” Well, we now have a Residential webpage on MainStreet where you can find all of these download-able cards, contest rules, CARE Blog and other goodies just for you! You can also visit the because I said I would website for additional printable cards, or email krissynovotny@forestcity.net!

The goal of the CARE contest is to inspire you to come together as a team and create rewarding experiences for your residents and to make a difference in your community and beyond! Get creative! Think outside of the box! If you get stuck, feel free to reach out to your Marketing team for support. Have fun, make a promise and keep a promise. “Because I said I would.”