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Community Celebrates Modernization of Golda Meir House in Newton

Newly renovated community for adults age 62 or better is efficient, accessible, and affordable

Congressman Joe Kennedy III at podium in front of ribbon at Golda Meir House

NEWTON –  On Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m., 2Life Communities will celebrate the completed comprehensive modernization of its Golda Meir House, located at 160 Stanton Avenue in Auburndale.

Joining us for this festive ribbon cutting ceremony will be U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Chief Strategy Officer of Elder Affairs Robin Lipson, MA Senator Cynthia Creem, and members of the Newton City Council.

“The refinancing of Golda guarantees preservation of long term affordability for a range of incomes—a critical piece of our mission” said Amy Schectman, President & CEO of 2Life.

Golda Meir House’s 199 units were renovated to include new kitchens, bathrooms, windows, high efficiency heating and central A/C, and handicap-accessible features in all units. The 1980s electrical and plumbing systems were completely overhauled, and state-of-the-art sustainable systems and materials were installed throughout. The modernization also reconfigured Golda’s ground floor to create a vibrant and welcoming space where residents and members of the community at large can access 2Life’s events and programs.

Golda Meir House residents will play an important part in the June 14th celebration. Their involvement in the project played a huge role in its success, from participating extensively in the design process to helping prepare and serve lunches during the renovation of the commercial kitchen.

Ruth Ruder, one of three Golda residents who will speak at the ribbon cutting, cannot say enough about her modernized community: “We play Mahjong and Canasta practically every night in the beautiful new space on the ground floor. The card room is now so much brighter and welcoming. I love going to the gym to participate in classes with staff and other residents with the light shining in through the windows.”

The renovation of Golda Meir House was made possible by financing from the U.S.

Department of Housing and Urban Development, MassHousing, MA Department of Housing and Community Development, and Wells Fargo.

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2Life Communities, a nonprofit organization founded in 1965, operates on the belief that all seniors should have the opportunity to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment – a model we call aging in community, which directly combats the growing public health crisis of social isolation and loneliness amongst older adults.

At 2Life Communities, residents can step out the doors of their own apartments and find friendship, community, physical and intellectual stimulation, and a helping hand day or night. Serving a diverse population of 1,500 older adults, 2Life creates communities with a laser sharp focus on affordability – a tremendous concern given that Massachusetts is the state with the 2nd largest gap in the U.S. between seniors’ median income and the cost of living.