Creating and Maintaining Affordable Apartments
We work to ensure that as many older adults as possible have affordable places to live, and the opportunity to age in communities of choice and opportunity. In the last five years, we have:
- Built 61 affordable apartments in The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, the newest building on our Brighton campus. These include seven apartments set aside for chronically homeless older adults, and five apartments for adults aging with lifelong developmental disabilities.
- Renovated nearly 650 existing apartments across several campuses to provide residents with safe, modern, and adaptable homes.
- Finalized plans to develop 62 units of affordable senior housing at 370 Harvard Street in Brookline—one of the best neighborhoods in the U.S. for older adults—in partnership with Congregation Kehillath Israel.
- Secured local government funding and permits to expand our Golda Meir House by 68 apartments, including nine apartments designated for chronically homeless individuals.
- Only 2 percent of 2Life residents move to nursing homes each year. On average, they are 88 years old, versus a national average of 79.
- In 89 percent of emergency pull-cord cases in 2018, our staff was able to help residents avoid a visit to the emergency room.
- Along with our health insurance partners, we are pioneering a system of information-sharing to improve our shared clients’ health.
2018 Program Highlights
- 21,337 hours of volunteer service
- 3,388 multilingual nurse visits
- 1,032 exercise classes
- 1,722 van rides
- 26,000 meals served at Golda Meir House
Building the Field
As the population of older adults grows, so does the need for trained professionals to support them. The 2Life Communities Training Institute offers educational programming—including the opportunity to earn CEUs—to both staff and outside professionals, ensuring that they have the skills they need to help older adults navigate the challenges and opportunities of aging. Recent classes have included CPR, hoarding, LGBTQ+ older adults, and working with chronically homeless older adults.
We are also committed to supporting the next generation of professionals to enter the fields of senior housing and healthcare. Each year we provide hands-on learning experiences from local colleges and universities for students who are studying social work, art therapy, and medicine. These interns work directly with our residents, under the supervision of our veteran staff, and the lessons they learn stay with them throughout their careers.
Awards and Honors
National Affordable Housing Management Association’s Communities of Quality Award (given to five of our buildings)
Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA, The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe Magazine
- President and CEO Amy Schectman appointed to Governor Charlie Baker’s newly formed Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts
- Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA, The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe Magazine
- CFO of the Year, Boston Business Journal, nonprofit category - Karen Edlund, Chief Financial Officer
- Excellence in Field Instruction, Boston University’s School of Social Work Field Education Department - Gaye Freed, Director of the Training Institute
- Excellence in Service Award, New England Resident Service Coordinators - Laura Isenberg, Resident Service Coordinator
- Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy - first multifamily partner to reach its goal to reduce its carbon footprint, reaching more than 20 percent savings
- Collaboration for Community Benefit Award, LeadingAge Massachusetts - Jewish Senior Events calendar
- Finalist (with Jewish Family & Children Services), Better Government Competition, Pioneer Institute
- Distinguished Service Award, Hearth, Inc. - Amy Schectman, President and CEO
Exemplary Elderly Housing Award, New England Affordable Housing Management Association - Leventhal House
- Exemplary Elderly Housing Award, New England Affordable Housing Management Association - Golda Meir House
- Exemplary Elderly Housing Award, New England Affordable Housing Management Association - Shillman House
- LeadingAge Massachusetts Community Service Award - Generations Together “Feelie Hearts” program
- Innovation in Service Coordination Award from Critical Signal Technologies - Generations Together “Feelie Hearts” program
- Association of Jewish Aging Services Humanitarian of the Year Award - Francine Godfrey, Director of Fitness and Wellness
Young Leadership Award, Combined Jewish Philanthropies - Jess Hamermesh, Intergenerational Programming
Outstanding Mentor of the Year, LeadingAge Massachusetts - Gaye Freed, Director of Resident Services and Associate Property Manager of Brighton Buildings
Residents, Staff, and Board
- 2019 Chai in the Hub award, Combined Jewish Philanthropies - Nate Vaughan, Major Gifts Officer
- 2014 Association of Jewish Aging Services Trustees of the Year - Helen and Rudy Kass, Board members
- 2014 Salute to Seniors contest winner - Lee Paderson, Shillman House resident
- 2013 Industry Excellence Award from the Rental Housing Association - Irma Schretter, Vice Chair, Board of Directors
- 2012 LeadingAge Massachusetts Volunteer Service Award - Marvin Wilkenfeld, Coleman House resident
- 2008 Circle of Excellence Award for Growth and Leadership from CJP - Jessica Hamermesh, former Board member
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