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Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) is now 2Life Communities.

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National Volunteer Week Recap

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we profiled volunteers who play a crucial role in helping JCHE foster vibrant communities that allow seniors to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment.

Amy Schectman watching Brighton resident Tatyana play piano

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we profiled volunteers who play a crucial role in helping JCHE foster vibrant communities that allow seniors to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment.

JCHE hosts volunteer training on the first Monday of every month. If you have interest, talent, skills, and time to share, we'd love to see you at one of these sessions, where you will discover how you can enrich your own life while touching the lives of others. Contact Kate White at kwhite@jche.org.

To see the diverse volunteer opportunities we offer, click here

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April 24

Over the last four years, Carol has hosted a Current Events Club every week at Shillman House and Coleman House. Engaging residents in lively conversations about the latest news, Carol brings energy and enthusiasm to each session that they truly appreciate. 

April 25

For seventeen years, Sofya Raskina has taught English grammar to residents at our Brighton campus. For the past ten, she has taught U.S. history to residents preparing to take their citizenship test.

Her wonderful work is all the more impressive considering that when she immigrated to the U.S. from Belarus, Sofya spoke no English and knew virtually nothing about U.S history.

Exemplifying the determination that defines the immigrant experience, Sofya resolved to become proficient in English. While studying English at Bunker Hill Community College, she developed a passion for U.S. history and soon became a history buff!

April 26

As part of our "Generations Together" program and commitment to expanding our volunteer network, students studying Mandarin Chinese at Weston's Rivers School visited our Mandarin-speaking Brighton residents to help make dumplings while practicing their Mandarin skills!

We host these get-togethers approximately every six weeks, and they're incredibly valuable for students and residents alike. Students benefit from practicing conversational Mandarin with native speakers while our residents derive joy and fulfillment from mentoring students interested in their language and culture.

April 27

Tufts Health Plan hosted JCHE at its annual volunteer fair. We are thrilled to partner with an organization that places a strong emphasis on community service. We look forward to hosting Tufts for its company-wide service day on June 20th at Coleman House and Shillman House. 

April 28

Russian-speaking residents joined Boston University students enrolled in "Russian in Boston," a course that immerses students in Boston's Russian culture, for BU’s Russian Department's end-of-year celebration!

Over the past month, students and JCHE residents met weekly over tea and talked (in Russian, of course) about their lives and experiences. The students made a video of these get-togethers, which we will show at our Brighton campus in May.

At the party, the students recited poetry by Boris Pasternak and Alexander Pushkin and showed residents some of their other student-project videos. We look forward to working with BU's Russian Department in the future.

Thank you to everyone who helped make National Volunteer Week a success!