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EDITOR’S NOTE: For years, Foothill has been richly blessed with parents and friends who faithfully and generously support our school through their companies, corporations, and local businesses. As Corporate Sponsors, they have helped finance many Annual Fund projects, enabling us to celebrate an array of achievements! In this two-part story, we feature one of our generous sponsors, CrestWood Communities, owned by our very own Kent and Garvey family. They have been building homes in the Inland Empire and throughout the San Gabriel Valley for nearly 60 years.
From the outside, CrestWood Communities might look a lot like other home building companies. However, take a closer look and you will find a four-generational, family-owned company that feels and operates much like a family, a big family.
The Kent and Garvey families are quick to give credit for their success to what they describe as “a team of talented and caring individuals experienced in every aspect of home building.” The CrestWood team includes several employees who have been with the company for almost 40 years. The secret sauce, if we can call it that, can be found in this company’s high commitment to professionalism, a strong work ethic, and a dedicated team that settles for nothing less than excellence in the design and construction of every home they build.
In part II of this story, we will talk a bit more about the Kent and Garvey family’s home building expertise. For this installment, however, we begin by taking a closer look at some personal dynamics, the kind of things that seem to make Terry and Nicole Kent and their three kids really tick.
Terry, a former City Councilman and current Planning Commissioner for the City of Glendora, is a lifelong Glendoran. Judging from his civic involvements, one can quickly see he is a man who has a real soft spot for people who are less fortunate or in need of help. Along with his aunt and business partner, Kitty Garvey, Terry and other family members are keenly involved with Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino, a nonprofit organization that serves over 7,000 hot meals a month and offers a wide range of services for men, women, and children. A favorite event is the annual Wheel Barrow of Toys drive to collect toys for needy children at Christmastime. This popular effort requires many hands, so CrestWood employees always turn out in force to help get the job done. There is also Veronica’s Home II, a transitional home for battered women with children. CrestWood is integrally involved in construction of a new phase of the structure, with the assistance of CrestWood subcontractors and suppliers who donate time, labor, and materials.
Terry’s wife, Nicole, has been a schoolteacher in private and public schools for 16 years, and currently works at Carver Elementary in San Marino. Helping with the Kent’s two boys, Cooper and Logan, includes a busy schedule of local sports activities where she’s earned the honorable title of “Cookie Mom” over the years for always providing homemade cookies for the teams . Nicole also teaches as an adjunct at University of La Verne and is Top Teacher blogger for Scholastic Books. Click Here for blog!
Terry and Nicole’s only daughter, Chelsea, is a marketing major at the University of La Verne. When she is not hitting the books, she is directing CrestWood’s marketing and social media efforts. On a personal level, Chelsea loves sharing good news about her favorite charitable cause, The Thirst Project. In 2013, the nonprofit organization bestowed on her the title Youth Honoree at its annual gala held in Beverly Hills. The honor recognized Chelsea for garnering $12,000 to help finance a water well in Swailand in Southern Africa. At the time a high school student, Chelsea also traveled to Africa where she labored with others to build the actual well she supported. As she commented at the time, “I like to give back to the community because I’ve been blessed with a beautiful life, and I need to give back to people who don’t have the basic necessities of life, like water.”
Cooper and Logan, the Kent twins, are fourth-graders here at Foothill. The boys love playing all sports, especially baseball and football. “Both boys live and breathe Notre Dame Foothill,” Terry said. The twins also look forward to weekend visits to spend time and help care for their elderly grandparents.
In part II, we will discuss how CrestWood Communities reflects a tradition of quality and values that extends well beyond homebuilding. As Terry said, “Through four generations… [we] have emphasized the importance of giving back to the communities in which we build and live.”