Contact: Emily Osweiler, YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, 515.288.2424 Dave Gieseke, YMCA of Greater Des Moines Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Resident Leaves Estate to YMCA Supportive Housing Campus
Des Moines, Iowa – For the 27 years Vaughn Ross called the YMCA of Greater Des Moines his home, he led a quiet, unassuming life.
Ross moved into the YMCA Residence Tower in 1983 and lived there as a “permanent” resident before moving into an apartment of his own in 2010.
Those 27 years must have made an impression on Ross. Upon his death in March 2011, he left part of his estate, valued at more than $33,000, to the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and specifically to the Supportive Housing Campus, which was built in downtown Des Moines and opened last summer.
“Obviously Vaughn felt strongly that this was his home and he wanted to help out his neighbors that had become a second family to him,” said Emily Osweiler, executive director of the SHC. “Since Vaughn lived with us for so long, I think he would want us to continue the impactful work that he experienced.”
The estate will go towards the SHC’s unit sponsorships annual fund, a fund that provides supportive services for all tenants, and YMCA rental assistance, which provides up to 70 percent of the monthly rent for the tenants.
A native of Britt, Ross worked for Goodwill Industries for 30 years. His hobbies included fishing, attending sporting and musical events, and the Iowa State Fair.
“While Vaughn enjoyed getting out and doing things, he would often just observe the world around him. He kept to himself and was very respectful and polite,” Osweiler said. “That this unassuming guy would leave us his life savings, makes this a very special gift.”
A plaque honoring Ross will be placed in the commons are of the SHC.
The Y SHC has 140 individual efficiency apartment units along with classrooms, counseling suites, library, small workout room, laundry facilities, and dining area.
Individuals interested in donating to the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus can do so by contacting Vicky Foresman at 515.471.8534 or Vicky.email@example.com.