The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula announced its receipt of the first of two expected distributions from the estate of Lois C. Crandall.

Founded in 2006, The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to aging in place on the Key Peninsula, by providing a variety of services and programs to meet the needs of community elders.

Crandall’s initial legacy gift of $250,000 was presented to The Mustard Seed Project by her daughters, Roberta Skiles and Judith Lawson at a reception on March 20, at the home of Sara Thompson, board president of The Mustard Seed Project.

“This very generous gift will benefit the elders of the Key Peninsula, through the programs and services we provide to support healthy aging, and will also help in the development of affordable senior housing in this community,” said Thompson in a press release.

According to Edie Morgan, founder and executive director of The Mustard Seed Project, an earlier gift from Crandall funded the Key Peninsula Affordable Senior Housing Feasibility Study, completed in November 2014. 

Morgan said Crandall believed, as does The Mustard Seed Project, that seniors should be able to stay in their own homes as long as they are able to safely do so. She, herself, “‘aged in place’at her home in Longbranch, with winters in Arizona, into her 94th year. She passed away in August 2014.”

“Crandall’s financial generosity to The Mustard Seed Project was exceeded only by her strong personal support for our vision and work over the years,”Morgan said.

Morgan said that “significant additional gifts and grants will be needed to meet the approximate $3 million capital campaign goal for the much-needed and long-awaited Key Peninsula senior housing campus.”

Source: The Mustard Seed Project