The Community Family News Update
Next Memory Cafe - May 19, 2017 2017-04-22
The Community Family is excited to have begun a new program for those in the early stages of memory loss. The Moments in Time Memory Cafe is a social gathering with a relaxed "coffee house" atmosphere that fosters a supportive and engaging environment for those experiencing changes in memory and their care partners. The Cafe is being held the third Friday of each month at the West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street in Medford, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Our first cafe session was held in December and the next one is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017. It is a free program and open to people from all surrounding communities.
The Moments in Time Memory Cafe seeks to create a comfortable setting by offering discussion, purposeful activities, refreshments and friendship. It is not intended to be a clinical program, but rather to let these individuals know they are not alone during a time of great change.
Our Cafe is supported through a grant from Mystic Valley Elder Services and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. It is part of a growing Memory Cafe movement in Massachusetts and beyond. While Memory Cafes share similar goals and structure, each has a unique personality. Moments in Time will be part of a statewide network of Cafes coordinated by Jewish Family and Children Services in Waltham. More information on all the Cafes is available on their website.
The attached document contains additional information on the Moments in Time Memory Cafe as well as the concept of Memory Cafes. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 617-381-6248 or email@example.com.
Brochure Request Issue Corrected 2017-04-15
We recently learned that our website's Brochure Request function was not working properly for a while and that we were not receiving notification of the requests. We apologize for this and hope that if you submitted such a request, you followed up with a phone call if you did not receive a brochure.
Please know that we did not purposefully ignore your request! The function is working once again and we look forward to providing prompt mailing of brochures to those who request one. Thank you!
Everett Center Introduces A New Program Director 2017-03-31
The Community Family announced the promotion of Sadie Oyola as the new Program Director at its Everett center. Sadie is a registered nurse and has worked at the Everett center in this capacity for the past year. Her past experience includes working in the psychiatric unit at Tewksbury State Hospital and as a visiting nurse.
Sadie took over reins of the Everett center on April 3 when former Program Director Marion Dunn left TCF to pursue a new position in another aspect of nursing care. Marion worked at TCF for 14 years, including nearly 10 years as Program Director. She oversaw the move to the new, beautiful building in 2010 and her knowledge, guidance and administrative skills will be missed. In addition, she had great familiarity and rapport with our clients and their caregivers. She has left a strong, vibrant center in good hands for her successor.
Marion worked closely with Sadie over her last few weeks to help make for a smooth transition. Sadie’s promotion was warmly received by clients at an announcement at the center and we are confident the Everett center will continue to thrive under her. She and the rest of the dedicated Everett center staff will maintain the highest quality care for our participants, as has been the case under Marion – and for nearly four decades.
The Everett center is TCF’s largest and has the most daily participants of our three centers.
TCF Announces Partnership with D'Youville 2017-01-15
The Community Family has entered into a partnership with D’Youville Life & Wellness Community of Lowell by consolidating their adult day health center programs. The consolidation will consist of D’Youville’s current adult day health clients being given the preferred option of transitioning to TCF’s Lowell center by March 31, 2017. In return, all of TCF’s clients will have access to D’Youville’s broader range of services through a preferred partner relationship between the two non-profit organizations.
D’Youville is a comprehensive healthcare organization that has been part of the fabric of the Lowell community for 57 years. Its services include nursing home care, rehabilitation, independent living, hospice care and Alzheimer’s special care. Their existing adult day health space will be renovated to expand its current services.
The leadership at D’Youville made the difficult decision to close their adult day health program after careful, deliberate consideration. Adult day health programs throughout the state are experiencing the fiscal challenges that we have regularly communicated in recent years – the lack of an increase in reimbursement rates by the state for our services and rising costs due to new licensing regulations – and smaller programs like D’Youville’s are being severely impacted. It is one of a number of adult day health centers that have closed in the past 18 months.
As part of the announcement of the consolidation, TCF Executive Director Anne Marchetta stated that, “The Community Family is pleased to collaborate with D’Youville. Both non-profit organizations share a mission of providing high quality care to those we serve. Working together, our organizations will assure the continued presence of non-profit adult day health services in Lowell. With more than 80 years of combined experience in adult day health services, we expect this to be a strong and healthy partnership moving forward.”
We welcome all the new clients that are transitioning to TCF’s Lowell center and look forward to strengthening our relationship with D’Youville in the months and years ahead.
Jingle Bell Festival is Upon Us! 2016-11-02
The 17th annual Jingle Bell Festival in Medford is being held from November 30th to December 4th at Medford City Hall. The Community Family is a very appreciative beneficiary of the funds raised from the festival, which have helped keep the historic Medford center appealing and functional. See the attached photo or go to www.jinglebellfestival.org for more information.
2015 Annual Report 2016-06-13
Our Annual Report for 2015 is published and has been mailed out to our constituents. Please take a look. And thank you to the many supporters noted in the report. We can't do our work without you!
Spring 2016 Newsletter 2016-04-18
Take a look at our most recent newsletter covering some of the latest news and features. It was mailed out to families, supporters and other associates.
TCF OPINION PIECE IN MEDFORD TRANSCRIPT 2016-04-16
TCF Executive Director Anne Marchetta wrote an opinion piece in the April 16 edition of the Medford Transcript newspaper on the funding crisis facing adult day health programs in Massachusetts. It is an enlightening write-up for those that may not be familiar with the situation. Please take a read.
Article by TCF Published in Lowell Sun 2016-03-23
An article by TCF Executive Director Anne Marchetta and Lowell center nurse Renee Fotino was published in the Lowell Sun on March 23, as well as the Lowell Sun website. The article focuses on the diagnosis of dementia in individuals and supportive options that are available for family members. Please take a look at the informative article!
TCF Sponsors Alzheimer's Drama at Lowell General Hospital 2015-10-21
See the attached flyer for more information on the November 4th performance.
Seminar Series for Caregivers in Lowell - Sept. 2015 2015-08-19
The Community Family's Lowell center is hosting a seminar series for caregivers of friends, family members or loved ones. The six-week long program will be held on Wednesdays from 5 - 7 p.m. starting on September 16. There is no cost. It is being held in partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Please see the flyer for more information.
2014 Annual Report 2015-05-29
Our Annual Report for 2014 is now available and been sent out to all our constituents. Feel free to take a look at this version of the report as well.
Asian-American Caregiver Event at the Lowell Center June 6 2015-05-14
The Lowell Center will be hosting this event on Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Partnership, provides an opportunity for Asian-American caregivers to learn about the many resources available in the community.
Blood Drive at the Everett Center on June 6 2015-05-05
The Community Family is hosting a blood drive at its Everett center on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We are hoping to have at least 20 people sign up in advance. You can do so at the www.redcrossblood.org website. The Sponsor Code you will need for our event is PCSS51. Come join us for a great cause. Hope to see you there!
Rotary Club of Everett Event 2015-04-15
TCF volunteered at the Rotary Club of Everett's 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Everett High School on April 11. The tournament was open to all high school students, who posed for photos before tip-off. The picture is not super crisp but you get the idea. TCF is active with the Everett Rotary and other civic associations in the towns we are located.
Congratulations to Judy Lonergan 2015-04-15
TCF Board member Judy Lonergan was honored as Citizen of the Year at the Medford Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on April 10. Judy spearheads the Jingle Bell Festival at Medford City Hall each year, for which TCF's Medford Center has been a primary beneficiary for the past 15+ years. We are grateful to Judy and congratulate her on her much deserved award. Here she is posing at the dinner with five of her grandchildren. Great picture!
Spring 2015 Newsletter 2015-04-08
Enjoy this version of our newsletter!
Article on the Medford Center 2015-04-02
MassRealty featured TCF's Medford Center, along with the West Medford Community Center, in an article on their website. Take a look!
2013 Annual Report 2015-03-06
To learn more about The Community Family, feel free to take a look at our 2013 Annual Report.
Fall 2014 Newsletter 2015-03-06
Enjoy our newsletter from last fall.