2019 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, engaging activities.
Armenian Relief Society: Cooking in the Community Pilot program that uses the process of making Armenian food as a way of engaging elders with youth in the community and educating them about traditional Armenian food and cooking practices.
Lexington Chamber Music: Outreach Program Concerts presented by young performers for older adults in Brigham House, bringing the joy of classical music by young student musicians to underserved communities.
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.
New Rep Theater: Page to Stage A workshop for older adults on all aspects of theatrical production, as well as free tickets to the show that has been explored.
Watertown Families Together: Generations Together A companionship program that brings together young families and Brigham House residents for the educational and recreational benefit of all.
Health and Social Services
5 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 Farmers’ Market: SNAP matches and Transportation to Farmers Market Transportation and SNAP matches to enable older adults to access healthy food and spend time outdoors at the Farmers Market.
Watertown Health Department: Compassionate Connections A supportive care management model that addresses the problem of hoarding.
Wayside Youth and Family Support Network: SSRS Emergency Grants Emergency grants to adults 55-60 who are facing a financial crisis as well as supportive services to ensure that the need is met and the resident can support him/herself going forward.
Housing and Transportation
3 MHF-funded projects address housing and transportation needs of older residents.
MetroWest Community Development: Ready Renter Program and Affordable Housing “How-To” Workshops Information and referrals for Watertown residents who are seeking affordable housing and a series of workshops to help Watertown seniors examine their housing options.
Watertown Fire Department: Fire and Life Safety Educational Series for Older Adults Workshops held at the Senior Center 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.
Respect and Social Inclusion
4 MHF grantees provide groups of potentially isolated older adults with tools to help them integrate into the community.
Carroll Center: Low Vision Services for Watertown Residents Services and clinics for Watertown seniors who are living with vision loss.
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 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 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 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