2020 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.
3 MHF grantees provide groups of older adults with accessible, affordable, engaging activities.
Church of the Good Shepherd: Watertown Families Together-Together Is Better A companionship program that brings together young families and Brigham House residents for the educational and recreational benefit of all.
Lexington Chamber Music: Outreach Concert Program Classical music by young performers, presented at Brigham House--connecting young student musicians with older residents in Watertown.
Mosesian Center for Arts: Aging Creatively An opportunity to participate in visual, performing and literary arts programming through an incentivized volunteering program; art making; and free ticket distribution.
Health and Social Services Participation
4 MHF grantees deliver direct health, mental health, and social services to vulnerable individuals.
Springwell: Elder Independence & Safety Fund Direct grants to Watertown seniors who are in need of small items or assistance in maintaining their independence.
Watertown Council on Aging: Emergency Assistance Block Grant Small direct grants for housing and health needs of older adults.
Watertown Community Development and Planning: Watertown Farmers’ Market SNAP Match and Volunteer Programs Programs that enable older adults to access fresh, healthy, and affordable foods at the Farmer's Market
Watertown Health Department: Compassionate Connections A supportive care management model that addresses the problem of hoarding.
Housing and Transportation
4 MHF-funded projects address housing and transportation needs of older residents.
Cascap: Renovation of the Handicapped Entrance at Marshall Place Improvements to the handicapped accessible main entrance of this residence for older adults.
Watertown Fire Department: Fire and Life Safety Educational Series for Older Adults Workshops held in various community locations to provide valuable fire and life safety information, while highlighting fire department operations in a fun, engaging way.
Watertown CoA: Supplemental Transportation Program Subsidized taxi program for seniors 60+ to local medical appointments and in emergency situations, in absence of other transportation options.
Watertown Recreation Department: Neighborhood Snow Shoveling Assistance Local students remove snow from sidewalks, driveways and stairs of older adults, so they can safely leave their homes by foot or car after a snowfall.
Respect and Social Inclusion
3 MHF grantees provide groups of potentially isolated older adults with tools to help them integrate into the community.
Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Technology Training for Seniors with Sight Loss Training to enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access technology--increasing independence, community engagement and wellness.
Perkins: Thriving with Vision Loss Older adults can access the resources of the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library, increasing self-confidence and social engagement.
Project Literacy: English Language Instruction for Ages 55+ Twice-weekly classes for older immigrants alongside their peers of all generations, taught by professional English language instructors.
Marshall Home Fund Program Grants 2019
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants 2018
• Marshall Home Fund Program Grants 2017
• 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