Tuesday, February 16, 2016, was a very special day for JCHE. We were joined by a "Who's Who" list of federal, state and city officials to help us dedicate the new lobby of Ulin House to the memory of Edward A. Fish, a prolific developer of affordable housing and a good friend of JCHE. The event was an enormous success, thanks to the hard work and preparation of so many.
The ceremony was filled with glowing compliments for JCHE and the work we are doing. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "JCHE is one of the best examples of creating affordable housing in our city for our seniors." US Congressman Michael E. Capuano called JCHE "an active community, a community that draws you in, a community that -- for those of us who aren't there yet -- we want to join."
Mayor Walsh and Congressman Capuano were joined by Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner, Massachusetts State Representative Kevin Honan, Massachusetts State Senator William Brownsberger, Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo, and Dellbrook Construction president Mike Fish. Mr. Fish was there, along with his sister Melissa Fish-Crane, to help us celebrate the life of their father.
As a special surprise, Congressman Capuano presented JCHE resident Naakh Vysoky with a plaque personally signed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commemorating his many contributions on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
Along with the new elegant lobby, the modernization of Ulin House included renovation of the building's 239 units with new kitchen, bathroom, easily-operable windows, energy-efficient lighting, and improved temperature controls.
More than 200 residents joined the reception in the dining hall after the dedication ceremony. All in all, it was a fabulous event.