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Hillcrest Member’s Article Inspires Van Donation

By Abbey Hood

What started as a two-page letter in Hillcrest Country Club’s Holiday Magazine resulted in giving six people hope for better lives.

Last year, the prestigious Country Club on Pico Boulevard gave long-time member Lou Spitz the opportunity to write a few paragraphs about his non-profit, ACHIEVABLE.

Spitz, a Beverly Hills resident, described in his article his commitment to helping individuals with development disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Epilepsy, after raising his daughter Suzanne who is challenged with a lifetime disability.

Through Suzanne, Spitz was introduced to the Westside Regional Center for individuals with disabilities. The Center offers special education schools, independent living training and home counselors. Because of the Center, Suzanne is independent with a job, friends and “lots of smiles,” he wrote in the newsletter.

To help make a difference, Spitz joined the Westside Regional Center 15-years-ago to found his non-profit ACHIEVABLE, which develops programs and raises funds for “critically-needed specialized equipment and services that help the developmentally disabled achieve fuller, more independent and productive lives,” he wrote.

His touching words inspired fellow Hillcrest member Geri Brawerman to donate a three-person wheelchair accessible Town and Country Chrysler Van to ACHIEVABLE.

Spitz donated the Van to home-care facility Bixby Knoll 2 in Gardena at a special ceremony last week. The facility, which serves six people, was selected as the recipient after a four-month long contest, “When A Custom Adapted Van.”

The contest competition was managed by Westside Regional Center, who invited high rated Home Care Facilities in LA County Coastal Region to submit their most compelling reasons why they deserved to win the Van.

Bixby Knoll 2 , managed by Smyrna Dojcinovic, is one of the highest rated facilities.  They have six residents including twin brothers with mental disabilities, a husband and wife both with Cerebral Palsy and two women, also with life long disabilities, all who were relying on an overbooked, outside service for transportation needs.
“The winners are hopeful for a better life,” said Spitz. “Now they have the mobility to go where they want, when they want.”

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