Benevilla will receive state funding to assist seniors in grocery shopping and other essential activities. 

Gov. Doug Ducey announced May 15 that $300,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that support senior citizens, the homebound and those who are medically fragile.

Benevilla of Surprise was one of the recipients.

According to its mission statement, “Benevilla enriches lives of West Valley residents by serving older adults, adults with disabilities, children, and the families who care for them.”

Benevilla’s free home services are available to seniors in El Mirage, Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Buckeye and Tolleson. For information, visit

During the COVID-19 crisis, Benevilla expanded its grocery shopping for seniors services.

“We believe we are strongest when we work together,” said Joanne Thomson, president and CEO of Benevilla. “The support from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund now will help provide much-needed services to the most vulnerable population in our community. 

“Working together we are able to help seniors with grocery shopping, emergency errands and more. We are able to provide support and friendship to caregivers who might feel overwhelmed and alone and continue to support families in our community during this time.”

The funding Ducey announced supports organizations that assist with grocery shopping, meal deliveries, transportation to medical appointments, emergency errands, and social interaction during a time of physical distancing. 

“Arizona continues to focus on protecting public health, especially for those most at risk, like seniors and those medically vulnerable,” Ducey said. “Volunteer and community organizations across the state are working day and night to provide support for those in their care through additional food deliveries, transportation and other services—and we’re proud to support their efforts.”

Foundation for Senior Living and Aster Aging also received funding.