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Foothill Unity Center Receives Gift from Meade Estate

First published in the Feb. 10 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Prior to her passing, longtime Arcadia resident Shirley Meade prepared a generous gift to Foothill Unity Center in support of the capital campaign of its Monrovia location. Foothill Unity Center honors her legacy in the eponymous naming of the Family Reception Center.
Foothill Unity Center was founded in 1980 as an emergency food pantry, operating out of a church closet in Monrovia, to assist the low-income, disadvantaged and underserved. In the 1990s, having outgrown the church closet and moved around a couple of times, the organization landed at the previous site in Monrovia, slowly expanding the service area to nearby cities. In 2004, the Center opened a second site in Pasadena. In 2018, Foothill Unity Center moved into a significantly larger facility at 790 W. Chestnut in Monrovia, with the launch of its capital campaign two years earlier.
Foothill Unity Center is grateful to the Meade estate for its generous donation. With the support of the estate, Foothill Unity Center will be able to realize its dream of owning its own facility outright. Once the capital campaign is completed, the center can dedicate fundraising efforts exclusively in support of their social, health, homeless, food and job development services.
Meade spent many years working in the banking industry and an active member of several clubs and organizations. Meade was a woman of many interests, nurturing her passions for traveling, sewing, reading and music throughout her life. Meade was also committed to financially supporting her community.
On Nov. 4, 2018, Meade died peacefully in her sleep at age of 89.


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