Park Springs Community Members Support Local Food Bank

Stone Mountain, GA, January 15, 2009 --( Bob Pebbles is a member at Park Springs, a Atlanta continuing care retirement community in Stone Mountain. Pebbles has been involved with Lilburn Cooperative Ministries (LCM) for over a decade, and this year he encouraged his fellow members at Park Springs to help him give back to the community by donating clothes and food to the organization. LCM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food, clothes, emergency assistance, school supplies, counseling and other necessary services for families and individuals in need in Lilburn, Stone Mountain and Tucker. Nearly 30 Park Springs members donated clothes and food to the worthy endeavor.

“I have been volunteering at LCM for several years, and I have a truck so I often pick-up and drop off donated items for them,” said Bob Pebbles, member at Park Springs. “This year I put letters in everyone’s mailboxes to encourage my neighbors to get involved. There are a lot of wonderful people that volunteer at LCM to help continue the good work they do in our community, and I’m just glad I can help.”

Thirty-seven churches in the Lilburn, Stone Mountain and Tucker area of all denominations refer families in need to LCM. These churches also help stock the food pantry and keep clothing and household items on the shelves of the thrift store operated by LCM.

“We are dependant on support from local churches, social and civic groups, businesses and individuals to minister to the material and spiritual needs of those in crisis while preserving their dignity and encouraging self responsibility,” said Patty Kosolapoff, assistant director of LCM. “The economy has created a bigger financial need. We are seeing more people who have lost their jobs and transportation and are looking for a way to pay their rent.”

Sales from the thrift store operated by LCM are down as well. “Our thrift store feeds us financially, so we are always in need of good clothing and household items to ensure that we can continue to help meet the financial needs of our clients.”

Kosolapoff also said that until the recent holiday donations from the community including those from Park Springs, the pantry was getting low.

“We give out food baskets every two weeks, and we give an extra holiday basket out at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Kosolapoff. “We are grateful to the community for helping us re-stock our food supply. We distribute over 120 tons of food a year.” For more information on LCM visit

The Southeast's premier CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style Atlanta retirement community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Atlanta retirement community Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson-Barnhart and managed by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a leader in senior living communities. LCS today serves more than 23,000 residents daily in over 80 communities nationwide. For more information on Park Springs and our other Atlanta retirement communities, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit

Isakson Barnhart is Georgia’s developer of award-winning residential communities for those ages 62 and better. Partner E. Andrew (Andy) Isakson first founded the company in 1982 and partnered with David Barnhart in 1987. The company has established itself as one of the most respected in Atlanta’s competitive commercial real estate market. The company’s vision to provide amenity-rich, independent living for discerning adults was born out of the personal experiences of the family of Ed and Julia Isakson after their difficult search for a community that would provide their parents with an active lifestyle combined with on-site health care. This mission manifested itself in Park Springs™, the company’s flagship property in Stone Mountain, Ga. Park Springs™ is nationally recognized by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders as the recipient of the 2005 Platinum Award in the CCRC Overall Community category for large CCRCs (200 or more units), as well as the Gold Award for Interior Design.

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