Damians Ladder
The logo of Damians Ladder, a new nonprofit organization whose mission is to help San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley seniors. (Contributed)

In 2023, a group of philanthropy-minded local residents got together and formed Damians Ladder, a nonprofit aimed at assisting seniors who need help with minor repairs in their homes. From changing batteries in smoke alarms to installing handicap ramps and solving plumbing problems, the group has already begun to effectuate change in the residences of San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley seniors.

Now, Damians Ladder is looking to add a few more funds to their kitty by hosting a Fundraising Estate Sale at the Valley Gardens Golf Course Clubhouse parking area on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9am-4pm, and Sunday, Jan. 28, from 9am-2pm.

According to Colly Gruczelak of Damians Ladder, “Our estate sale is rain or shine. You name it, we have it! Tools, TV monitors, gardening equipment, furniture for every room, new electric clothes dryer, appliances, new carpet cleaner, pots and pans. Most importantly, we are not selling junk, and all of our clothing is new. We will accept cash and credit cards for payment.”

Money from this sale will benefit low-income seniors and those with disabilities, enabling them to continue living in their own homes safely and comfortably.

“Remember,” said Gruczelak, “the seniors we will be able to help through the proceeds of this sale might be you, your parents, family members or neighbors.”

While donations of goods won’t be accepted during the sale, the Damians Ladder team is happy to accept cash donations to further the work of the nonprofit.

“All of our donations have been vetted in advance to ensure they are up to the standards of our sale,” said Ann Bennett Young, one of the founders of Damians Ladder. “We appreciate all of the donations we’ve received thus far and are looking forward to offering our community some great opportunities to pick up items that they may find value in.”

Interested in grabbing some goodies while helping your neighbors? Come to the Damians Ladder Fundraising Estate Sale on Jan. 27-28 at the Valley Gardens Golf Course Clubhouse parking area, located at 263 Mt Hermon Road in Scotts Valley. For more information about the burgeoning nonprofit, visit Damians Ladder at damiansladder.org.

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Christina Wise covers politics, education, art & culture, and housing issues. She has a degree in Communication from San Diego State University, and has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley since 1996. She's a community advocate and a mother of two.


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