July 20, 2016

Positivity: TV host Leeza Gibbons opens facility for caregivers in Irmo

Filed under: Health Care,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Irmo, South Carolina (HT Daryn Kagan):

Published: Thursday, July 7th 2016, 9:03 am EDT
Updated: Thursday, July 7th 2016, 9:36 am EDT

TV host and Celebrity Apprentice Leeza Gibbons will be in Irmo Thursday for the grand opening of her new facility Leeza’s Care Connection.

Gibbons claimed the title of NBC and Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice last year, and with it, $700,000 in prize money. She said her dream was to bring those winnings back to South Carolina to start one of her Leeza’s Care Connections for caregivers in the very neighborhood where she grew up.

“I’ve been doing this work for 12 years, but I’ve never had an opportunity to open Leeza’s Care Connection in my neighborhood, where I grew up. Where my family lived,” said Gibbons.

But Thursday that changes. Gibbons spent Wednesday putting the finishing touches on Leeza’s Care Connection in Irmo’s Whitehall neighborhood.

“This is the payoff, it’s the payoff of the promise that I made my mother that I would tell our story and try to make it count,” said Gibbons. “It’s the payoff of the pledge to take our earnings from Celebrity Apprentice and invest them back home.”

That investment has come to life in the 59-year-old Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home just off St. Andrews Road. The house has been transformed into a nonprofit facility for caregivers. The new facility features several renovated rooms including her Care Café, Serenity Lounge, and Warriors of Wellness program presented by Lexington Medical Center.

“Everything we offer is free, and its programs and services and support to help people on their journey as they adjust to their new normal,” said Gibbons.

It’s a normal that Gibbons’ family knows all too well. Gibbons’ mom lost her battle to Alzheimer’s disease in 2008. Gibbons’ dad, Carlos Gibbons Sr., served as her mom’s caregiver.

“I learned from my dad that no matter what happens in life it’s always you and you get to decide how you deal with it,” said Gibbons.

Leeza said her dad’s example and spirit are now cornerstones at the new Irmo facility. Carlos now has his own pavilion behind the Leeza’s Care Connection to prove it. …

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