2017 Program Grants: Making Watertown an Age Friendly Community
An Age Friendly Community is one where older residents can be healthy and productive. The World Health Organization and the AARP have established specific goals for a community seeking to be age friendly. Grantees of the Marshall Home Fund provide programs and services that address many of these goals, as summarized below.
5 MHF Grantees provide groups of older adults with accessible, affordable, fun social activities.
Lexington Chamber: Outreach Concert Program Four concerts provided by middle and high school students at Brigham House
Mosesian Center for Arts: Open Doors Project Art activities for older adults, including an allotment of concert tickets and an intergenerational component partnering older adults with the Watertown Children’s Theatre
New Rep Theater: Page to Stage Workshops for older adults on all aspects of theatrical producing and tickets to a play
Watertown Council on Aging (CoA): A Garden Grows Resources to enable older adults and high school students to build a garden at the Senior Center
Watertown Family Network: Music with Shannon & Grandparents senior knitting group Musical entertainment for families and older adults, and a knitting group that provides blankets and hats for infants
Community and Health Services
6 MHF grantees deliver direct health, mental health, and social services to vulnerable individuals.
Beaverbrook STEP: Elder Services Expansion Project Activities for seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or memory loss.
Care Dimensions: Complementary Therapies for Hospice Care Complementary therapies for Watertown Hospice Patients
Springwell: Elder Independence & Safety Fund Direct grants to Watertown seniors who are in need of small items or assistance
Watertown CoA: Emergency Assistance Small direct grants for older adults in need
Watertown Health Department: Compassionate Connections A supportive care management model that addresses the problem of hoarding
Windsor House: Adult Day Health Services for at-risk older adults with low incomes and respite for their families
Transportation and Housing
3 MHF grantees help address housing and transportation needs of older residents.
MetroWest Community Development: Ready Renter Program Information and referrals for Watertown residents who are seeking affordable housing
Watertown CoA: Supplemental Transportation Program Emergency transportation for Watertown seniors with low incomes
Watertown Prosperity: Shoveling program Supplies and stipends for student volunteers who shovel snow for their older neighbors
Respect and Social Inclusion
2 MHF Grantees provide groups of potentially isolated older adults with tools to help them integrate into the community.
Perkins: Thriving with Vision Loss Access for older adults to the resources of the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library, to increase self-confidence and social engagement
Project Literacy: English Language Instruction English Language instruction, support, and socialization for immigrants 55 and older
Past Program Grants
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants 2016
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants May 2015
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants 2014
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants May 2013