An interfaith organization with strong support in the local Jewish community has been honored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at its IMPACT Awards ceremony.

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging was given the IMPACTful Nonprofit Award at the May 10 ceremony held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

Duet helps and supports homebound adults, grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and family caregivers. It also trains nurses to work in faith communities. The nonprofit, interfaith organization has been serving older adults in the Valley since 1981.

Seven years ago, the organization changed its name from Beatitude Center Developing Older Adult Resources – or Beatitude Center DOAR – to Duet. The move came after a 2009 survey showed that many people in the community associated the name Beatitudes with the New Testament, a challenge for an interfaith group.

Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky of Beth El Congregation and a member of Duet’s board of directors has said that although it was known in philanthropic circles that the group was not exclusive to Christians, the name change more clearly signals Duet’s interfaith activities to the wider community.

More than 200 churches and synagogues partner with Duet and more than 1,000 people volunteer their time and services to the organization.

The IMPACT awards also honored elected officials and named the Large & Small Businesses of the Year.

The event honors the best large and small Valley businesses, while also recognizing the value of hard-working nonprofit organizations and the elected officials who support pro-business policies.

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