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JCHE Named Runner-up in Pioneer Institute's “Better Government Competition”

Posted: June 19, 2017

JCHE is honored to be recognized as one of four finalists in the Pioneer Institute’s “Better Government Competition.” Their 26th annual awards gala took place last evening at the Boston Harbor Hotel. 

Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts, received nearly 100 entries from organizations across the U.S. on the topic of “Aging in America.”

JCHE won for a joint submission with Jewish Children & Family Service. Working together, we are creating a replicable housing model that will enable individuals with lifelong developmental disabilities to age in communities where they are respected, supported, and positively engaged.

The home of this collaborative project will be at JCHE’s all-new, all-affordable 57,400 square foot supportive senior housing building at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton (scheduled to open fall 2018). The 61-unit, fully-accessible building will showcase a five-unit suite (5 bedrooms with private bathrooms and common living and kitchen area, plus space for overnight staff) designed specifically for older adults with ID/DD. A connecter bridge that will provide seamless indoor passage between the new building and JCHE’s existing 700-unit Brighton Campus. All residents will benefit from full access to JCHE’s on-site services, amenities, and programs.

Governor Charlie Baker, whose administration established the Commonwealth’s first Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts this past April, spoke at the gala. JCHE President & CEO Amy Schectman serves on the Governor’s Council.

JCHE extends heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and to Hebrew SeniorLife, which won the award.

Watch this Pioneer Institute video featuring JCHE. For more about the Pioneer Institute and the award, click here.

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