We were thrilled to welcome Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to our Brighton campus this afternoon!
Speaking to nearly 200 JCHE residents, staff, and members of the press gathered in our Ulin House cafeteria, the governor expressed his commitment to our Aging In Community model and stressed how critical it is for older adults to live a full life of connection and purpose.
Our work resonates with the governor on a deeply personal level. Having lost his mother earlier this year, Mr. Baker described how his mother's Alzheimer's reinforced for him the importance that vibrant communities play in enriching seniors' lives, including those suffering from memory loss.
After a resident lit the menorah, JCHE staff served lunch to residents, and Governor Baker took pictures and mingled with everyone in the room.
Other highlights from the event:
- Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, stressed JCHE's pioneering role in developing a model for successful aging.
- Boston City Councilor for the district of Allston-Brighton, Mark Ciommo, thanked JCHE for everything we do for Boston's elderly community and graciously recognized us for providing the best services in Boston.
- Introducing the governor, JCHE President Amy Schectman acknowledged the effective collaboration between JCHE and various state agencies on major JCHE projects--including the modernization of our Kurlat and Golda Meir houses. Emphasizing the cost savings to taxpayers realized from supportive housing, Amy explained why JCHE is a great model for a strong private-public partnership.
- Our residents’ traditional Chinese dance troupe performed soon after the governor's arrival.