Mesa businesswoman gives up fancy vacation to honor others

Mahnaz Pourian gave up a really nice vacation to help people in need.

Pourian owns the Mesa Home Instead offices and won a full vacation package valued at $7,500 as part of her earning the company’s Legacy Award, given to franchise owners who meeting required qualifications.

But rather than pick a vacation destination of her choice, Pourian requested that the money funding be distributed among four entities that she felt have gone above and beyond to help needy East Valley residents.

The beneficiaries were Neighbors Who Care, the Tempe Fire Department, the East Valley Firefighter Charities and the Ahwatukee YMCA’s Outreach Program for Senior Citizens.

Since 2008, Pourian has been an owner of Home Instead in Mesa, which provides services that help seniors stay engaged or assists them with services such as meal preparation. It also offers hospice and dementia care.

To deliver those services, she works closely with first responders and community organizations that serve older adults.

“Serving the most vulnerable population is not just a job, it’s a community effort,” she said. “We all rely on each other to help serve our local seniors in all aspects of life. I have always appreciated the way our community serves older adults.”

Since the pandemic hit a year ago, she said, “I saw our community come together like never before.  Our first responders worked so hard to keep our community, and particularly seniors, safe.”

“Similarly, I appreciate the local advocates and volunteers that help our area seniors stay happy and safe,” she added.

So giving up a luxurious vacation was a no brainer, she said, adding what she witnessed being done by the people who received donations “made it my honor to be able to support the work they are doing.”

“Working with the aging population, you come across many entities that provide services that ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the elderly. In my experience being in the Southeast Valley, the fire departments, Neighbor’s Who Care, and Y-OPAS have been consistent in the help that they provide to our community’s older adults,” she said.

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