The Heart Foundation

We take pride in caring for residents and for our entire Maplewood family, which includes our associates. In 2013, one of our associates, Kristin Hocker, had a life-changing event and sadly lost her leg. Without hesitation, President & CEO Gregory Smith and a team of colleagues put into motion the effort to provide financial assistance to Kristin and her four young children.

Thus, our senior living foundation was brought to life. Maplewood’s HEART Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity organization founded by Maplewood CEO & President Gregory Smith and led by Kristin Hocker, the foundation director and first grant recipient. Our mission is to give support and financial help to Maplewood associates and their families who find themselves facing challenging times of unexpected, life-altering circumstances — including serious illness, a tragic accident, sudden death in the family, significant house-related damage, or the aftermath of a natural disaster.

How You Can Give

Every contribution to our senior living foundation makes a difference. Our communities host monthly HEART Foundation events, and each February, we hold our Annual HEART Drive. Associates are encouraged to donate through biweekly payroll deductions or contribute through fundraising efforts in each of their specific communities. We also encourage residents and families to contribute to the HEART Foundation.

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Our corporate sponsors

Like all of us at Maplewood, our key business partners understand how important our associates’ well-being is to the care and services we provide to residents and their families. We’re thankful for the businesses that have joined Maplewood Senior Living in supporting our senior living foundation from the beginning.

M&T Insurance

Premier Sponsor
($10,000 plus)
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Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa

Signature Sponsor
($5,000-$9,999)
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Marcum LLP

Signature Sponsor
($5,000-$9,999)
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Luxe Coffee, LLC

Partner In Caring
($2,500-4,999)
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Words of Gratitude

“Without the Foundation’s help, I would not have been able to bury my mother without monumental struggle, especially in these COVID times. I want to give a stratospheric thank you to Kristin Hocker and the team for their graciousness and patience in guiding me through.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask my colleagues to not only contribute financially but also find ways to continue collaborating to raise funds. One day you may need it.”

– Garth Lawrence, Maplewood at Strawberry Hill

“I want to express how sincerely thankful my wife and I are for the assistance that the Heart Foundation provided to us.

I have experienced repeated serious health issues starting in July of 2021, that prohibited me from working and included two separate hospital stays. I had Aflac insurance for the first three months, but following that, we had only my wife’s income. Normally my income provides most of our living.

As a former member of the HEART Foundation Selection Committee, I struggled with asking for their assistance. I am now in the unique position to say how thoughtfully carried through the HEART Foundation grant process, as well as, to know what a lifeline this is to those who are in real need. Thank you for your kindness and compassion when we need it most.”

– Anonymous former grant committee member, Maplewood at Chardon

“After becoming physically disabled, it felt like my life was over. Starting my work at Maplewood gave me a sense of community, purpose, and support. Through my recent challenge, the HEART Foundation quickly helped me get a safer collapsible wheelchair, giving me the ability to drive to work and be independently successful. I cannot express my gratitude enough for this life changing act of kindness. I am proud to be part of the Maplewood team!”

— Mateo Cox, Concierge Maplewood at Weston

  

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Caring is at the heart of all that we do at Maplewood Senior Living. If you are an associate in need of help, or a company looking to provide support, we would love to connect with you.

Kristin Hocker

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