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Jeri and Brent Kendle

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Woodrow Wilson

This quote is the foundation of the decision that Jeri and Brent Kendle called “the next logical step” in support of an organization that they believe in. The Kendles have been involved with SARRC from the very beginning – in a very up close and personal way.

“Denise Resnik and I have been friends for nearly 30 years,” Jeri says. “When her son, Matt, was diagnosed with autism, I saw how autism impacted their family, and I wanted to do whatever I could to help. I started as a volunteer at SARRC, chaired the annual breakfast, was a board member, and wore many hats while employed with SARRC, including president.”

In addition to her work with SARRC, Jeri has been an interior architect, president of one of the state’s largest multi-disciplinary design firms, an adjunct professor at ASU, and a consultant for design and construction companies. Brent is a registered architect and owner of Kendle Design Collaborative. The company specializes in contemporary residential and commercial architecture.

As their work has enriched the Phoenix and Arizona landscape, their support of SARRC has enriched the lives of numerous families in the community. They are also passing down their philosophy of giving back to their children. The Kendles’ two sons have volunteered as peer mentors with the Autism CommunityWorks® program.

While the Kendles support various organizations throughout the valley, SARRC is their primary focus. “SARRC is such a gem in the community and has become a beacon of hope in North America,” Jeri says. “We are happy to support SARRC and the great work they are doing for families living in our community. SARRC is a strong organization, and we hope that our gift will play a small part in allowing it to endure for generations to come.”

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Legacy Circle member and ensuring the continued vitality and growth of SARRC’s services from one generation to the next, please contact Beth Salazar at [email protected] or 602-340-8717, ext. 1039.