The Community Family News Update
KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH PARTICIPANTS, PART II 2020-06-08
Medford center staff visited some long-missed clients, dropping off bags of goodies to their homes. But this wasn't just regular dressed staff. This was Cyndi the clown and Fatima the large blow-up person (sumo wrestler?). These two characters also made an appearance at Anne Sbraccia's 100th birrthday bash. Transported by Medford center driver Joe and accompanied by Dean Martin (well, the cutout), Cydni and Fatima visited 6 clients, bringing a smile to Shamus and Barbara. For some, it is difficult to remain housebound and unable to attend "the club".The visits will continue to additional clients while we remain closed. Not sure about the clown and the sumo wrestler.
KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH PARTICIPANTS 2020-05-31
Participants are unable to come to The Community Family right now, so we took TCF to their homes. To a small degree, anyhow. Everett center Activity Director Merrill put goody bags together that were then dropped off by van driver Mike. Colored pencils and a summertime booklet to color were featured items in the bags, as it is a favorite activity of so many participants. What a great way of staying in touch with participants, keeping them occupied while at home and letting them know we're thinking of them!
TCF MEDFORD CENTER PARTICIPANT CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY IN STYLE 2020-05-18
Medford center participant Anne Sbraccia turned 100 years old and she chose to celebrate this milestone birthday at her second home, The Community Family. While the center is closed, the front of the center and parking lot made for a great parade route this morning! Family members, friends and Medford center staff all participated in this fun, joyful occasion that included a clown and her inflatable friend. Happy birthday and congratulations, Anne!
A photographer from the Medford Transcript was at the birthday gathering and provided some photos that are far superior to TCF's in-residence camera man. Here is the link: https://medford.wickedlocal.com/…/PHOTOGALLE…/518009993/PH/1
The Transcript also did a nice write-up last week on Anne turning 100. Check it out here: https://medford.wickedlocal.com/…/medfords-community-family…
Come Visit Our Facebook Page 2020-05-15
The Community Family’s doors have now been closed for more than two months and we remain unsure when we may be able to re-open. The health and safety of our participants is paramount but we are getting a little restless as we watch our hair grow out. To better stay in touch with our friends and followers, we will be sending periodic updates on how participants are spending their “down time” away from The Community Family, along with any other stories of interest. Look for an uplifting one early next week from our Medford center.
We will be doing this primarily on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheCommunityFamily/ - but we may also feature some on this website. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with your own!
Closure of Centers 2020-03-13
The Community Family has closed its four centers to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have made this difficult decision based on the recommendations of the CDC. We are monitoring the situation daily to determine when we can reopen. Our nursing and social service staff will be keeping in touch with participants to offer assistance. Thank you for your understanding.
Jingle Bell Festival A Success! 2019-12-13
The Annual Medford Jingle Bell Festival was a rousing success once again! Festivities included a Holiday Tree Display and Raffle at Medford City Hall and Holiday House Tours followed by receptions.
The Community Family's Medford center has been the beneficiary of proceeds from this event since it started 21 years ago. We have received over $300,000 over the years, using the funds to keep the center a state-of-the-art facility. We thank TCF Board member Judy Lonergan and the many volunteers who have helpd make this fun event become an annual tradition in Medford!
2018 ANNUAL REPORT IS HERE! 2019-06-20
The Community Family's 2018 Annual Report is completed and available right here. They have been mailed out to 1,000+ clients, families, supporters and friends. The Report has a theme of Music, which is so prevalent at all of our centers. The photos are of a lower resolution than the original in order to upload onto this platform. Enjoy!
Tony Piccolo and the Massachusetts Elks Association Does It Again! 2019-06-19
Tony Piccolo, a member of the Medford-Malden Elks Lodge #915 and President of the Massachusetts Elks Association, made a donation to The Community Family's Medford center for the third consecutive year. All members of the MA Elks Association leadership get to make donations from the association to a non-profit of their choice and Tony has designated his three donations to The Community Family. We are very grateful for his thoughtfulness and the generosity of Elks Assocation! Here is Tony posing with Medford center RN Lynette.
DUTTON CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT 2019-05-20
Attached is a copy of the mailing sent out to families and health providers of Dutton Center participants, as well as to other constituents of The Community Family. In addition, they will be dropped off at pertinent locations in Wakefield and Melrose, spreading word about TCF as new owners of the Dutton Center.
The Community Family Loves The Vets 2019-04-12
The Community Family has produced a marketing piece that promotes our relationship with the Veterans. Our Everett, Medford and Lowell centers all have contracts with the Veterans Administration for Vets to receive free services. Because of this, those three centers consistently have a number of veterans that attend. Beyond this, each center does extracurriculur activities or projects in support of the Vets. Take a look at the oversized postcard (front and back) we made that recognizes our ties to the Vets. And be sure to refer any Vets that you know that may benefit from our services.
The Community Family Takes Ownership of The Dutton Center! 2019-03-18
The Community Family is excited to announce that it is taking ownership of the Robert M. Dutton, M.D. Adult Day Health Center in Wakefield, as of March 18, 2019. Ownership of the Dutton Center is being transferred from MelroseWakefield Healthcare, formerly Hallmark Health.
Below is the official press release, announcing the historic deal.
We welcome our newest “family members” from the Dutton Center, including Program Director Susan Morton, R.N., her dedicated staff, and all the current participants and caregivers. We look forward to a smooth transition, with our newest center exhibiting the same quality care, dignity and respect for clients that has been a hallmark of The Community Family for decades.
THE ROBERT DUTTON, MD ADULT DAY HEALTH CENTER IN WAKEFIELD TRANSFERS OWNERSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY FAMILY
March 18, 2019 - The Community Family, Inc. and MelroseWakefield Healthcare are pleased to announce that ownership of the Robert Dutton, MD Adult Day Health Center in Wakefield is being transferred to The Community Family. For more than two decades the Dutton Center has operated as part of MelroseWakefield Healthcare, formerly Hallmark Health System. The official date of transfer of ownership is March 18, 2019.
The Community Family (TCF) is a community-based non-profit organization that has provided quality adult day health services for over four decades. Both The Community Family and the Dutton Center are mission-based organizations providing the highest level care to frail elders, disabled adults and those with memory loss. The Dutton Center will join The Community Family’s other three adult day health centers located in Everett, Medford and Lowell.
The Community Family recognizes that adult day health is a critical component of community-based health care, and serves a contiguous geographic region north of Boston. Furthermore, the histories of the Dutton center and TCF are alike in that both were founded in 1978 as a viable alternative to nursing home care.
The Community Family has not expanded its number of centers since their Lowell center opened 30 years ago. While not actively seeking further growth, the opportunity with the Dutton Center became appealing to TCF after speaking with leadership of MelroseWakefield Healthcare. Details were worked out over several months of cordial, productive negotiations.
Anne Marchetta, Executive Director of The Community Family, said, “This is a momentous occasion for The Community Family. The decision to acquire the Dutton Center was not made lightly, but we are excited about this opportunity and look forward to bringing their clients and families into our ‘family’. We will ensure our newest center exhibits the same quality care, dignity and respect for clients that has been a hallmark of our other centers for decades.”
Diane Farraher-Smith, RN, System Vice President of Home Care and Community Programs at MelroseWakefield Healthcare and a Director at The Community Family, helped bring the two organizations together. “The Community Family is a natural fit to operate the Dutton Center,” she commented. “They have a deep-rooted history in providing excellent adult day health services, as the Dutton staff have done over many years, and the community will benefit from their services. I am profoundly familiar with both adult day health programs and have complete confidence in Ms. Marchetta and her leadership team to successfully transition the Dutton Center into the fabric of The Community Family.”
A seamless transition is expected, as The Community Family/Dutton Center will have the same Program Director, Susan Morton, RN, and virtually the same entire staff. Most importantly, there should be negligible change for the 60 individuals that currently attend the Dutton Center.
Adult day health offers a low-cost option for the care of elderly and disabled adults, offering nursing care, therapeutic activities, nutrition and socialization opportunities, as well as much-needed respite for their care providers. Like other forms of healthcare, adult day health is challenged by low rates for services as prescribed under the state’s Medicaid program. The Community Family has remained a sound, stable organization in the midst of many changes in the industry.
MASSACHUSETTS ELKS ASSOCIATION MAKES DONATION TO THE MEDFORD CENTER 2018-07-02
Tony Piccolo of the Massachusetts Elks Association presented a check for $1,000 to The Community Family's Medford Center last month. It is the second consecutive year Tony has made a generous donation to TCF in his position as First Vice President of the MA Elks State Association. He is also a member of the Medford/Malden Lodge #915. Tony is pictured here with TCF staff David Corbett and Brendan Fazio. Many thanks to Tony and the MA Elks Association!
2017 ANNUAL REPORT IS PUBLISHED 2018-05-31
The Community Family's 2017 Annual Report has been printed and available to the public - including right here on our website! The report has a bit of "Garden" theme in recognition of the Garden Programs that were established in Medford and Everett in 2017 (and hopefully to start in Lowell in 2018). Articles include a review of 2017 and profiles of individual clients at each of our centers. TCF's partnerships with neighboring institutions and long-term supporters are also highlighted, along with a short financial profile of our 2017 fiscal year. Perhaps most importantly, we recognize all individuals, organizations and foundations that supported us this past year. We are grateful to all of them for helping make 2017 another succesful year for The Community Family. Enjoy perusing the report or contact us to send you one.
TCF HOSTS THANK YOU RECEPTION FOR JINGLE BELL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS 2018-05-25
The Community Family hosted a Thank You Reception on May 24th for the volunteers of the Medford Jingle Bell Festival. The 19th Annual Festival was held at Medford City Hall last December and was once again a huge success. The week-long event included tours of seasonally decorated Medford homes and a raffle of Christmas trees and other holiday items that are donated by local businesses, service organizations and families.
The Jingle Bell Festival has been run strictly by volunteers throughout its history, led by TCF Board member and Medford resident Judy Lonergan. She and a handful of other individuals have been involved with the Festival since it was started in 1999. In total, approximately 30 volunteers currently help make it a much-anticipated annual tradition in Medford.
At yesterday’s reception, a check was presented for $20,000 to The Community Family (TCF). TCF has been the primary beneficiary of Jingle Bell Festival proceeds since its inception, having received in total more than $280,000. The funds have been vital in keeping TCF’s memory loss care center updated and state-of the-art. This year’s proceeds have already been earmarked for a complete set of new chairs as well as renovations to the small nursing office. The reception also included a dinner, shared conversations and some initial discussion about making plans for Festival #20 this December. Stay tuned for more information on the big anniversary year!
THE COMMUNITY FAMILY AWARDED $200,000 GRANT FROM THE CUMMINGS FOUNDATION 2018-04-24
The Community Family is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $200,000 Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation. The grant will be over 10 years with annual installments of $20,000 and the funding will be used to sustain and enhance our Activities Programs, which are an essential component of our participants’ days. Programs include music, exercise and art therapy classes, entertainers and other special events, and an interactive computer technology among others. Together, these activities provide meaning, self-expression and purpose for an often vulnerable group.
The Community Family is one of 33 local nonprofits awarded a total of $10 million from Cummings Foundation through the new Sustaining Grants program. Sustaining Grants builds on the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program that began in 2012 and annually awards multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 non-profits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties. The Community Family was a 2013 $100K for 100 grant recipient and received our final grant disbursement in 2017, giving us automatic consideration for the new funding initiative in 2018.
We are thrilled to be the recipient of this most meaningful grant and wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the extraordinarily philanthropic Cummings Foundation, its founders, Bill and Joyce Cummings, and the volunteer representatives of the Sustaining Grant program who made on-site visits to our centers. We look forward to sharing how this grant enriches the days and lives of the thousands of people we serve over the next decade!
Photo: Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants program volunteer representatives Bob Keefe and Marie Lingblom visit the Everett center to deliver the good news of the award to TCF. From left to right, Marion Dunn, Program Director of the Everett Center, Bob Keefe of the Cummings Foundation, David Corbett, TCF Development Specialist, Anne Marchetta, TCF Executive Director, Marie Lingblom, Cummings Foundation representative, Sherri McCormack, TCF Board member and Joe Keohane, TCF Board President.
TCF's Lowell Center Hosts a Celebration for Mom on May 12 2018-04-20
The Community Family's Lowell center is hosting a reception to help celebrate Mother's Day, including the opportunity to take photos with Mom - and the rest of the family. The photo op features a beautiful spring backdrop and picture frames will be available for decoration.
Other highlights include refreshments, giveaways and a raffle prize. Join us on Saturday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m. at 236 Broadway Street in Lowell. It is free and open to the public. Come join us!
Another Successful Medford Jingle Bell Festival! 2017-12-16
The Community Family’s Medford Center is once again the grateful recipient of proceeds from the Jingle Bell Festival, held the first week of December. The 19th Annual Jingle Bell Festival brought together family and friends from Medford and beyond to participate in a house tour of five beautifully decorated homes in Medford, and to purchase raffle tickets for Christmas trees and other holiday decor/gifts. The trees were donated and decorated by local businesses and individuals and on display at Medford City Hall from November 29 to December 3.
The Community Family's Medford Center has been the beneficiary of the festival since its inception, with proceeds totaling nearly $300,000. The Jingle Bell Festival Committee, a group of 30 or so Medford residents and friends and led by TCF Board member Judy Lonergan, volunteers their time and energy planning the event each year. Some of the committee is pictured here. Thank you for your dedication to this event, now an annual Medford tradition, and to The Community Family!
Greater Lowell Community Foundation Presents Check to Lowell Center 2017-11-29
Greater Lowell Community Foundation President & CEO Jim Linnehan presented a check for $5,500 to The Community Family's Lowell center for the organization's Client Outreach Fund. The Client Outreach Fund provides financial assistance to individuals in need of our adult day health services but are unable to pay for the cost of care. The Fund is critical because it is used in emergency-type situations that are due largely to extenuating circumstances.
While many of our participants qualify for subsidized healthcare and others are able to pay for their healthcare privately, there is a segment of the population we serve that falls in between these two ends of the financial spectrum. It is often these individuals who are beneficiaries of the Client Outreach Fund, despite adult day health being the most affordable long-term care option available.
We are grateful to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for their generosity to The Community Family, both now and in the past, and for the many good works they do in the Merrimack Valley.
Pictured from left to right: Jim Linnehan, Lowell center participants Irene, Margaret and Mary, TCF Executive Director Anne Marchetta and Lowell Center Director Heather Betty.
2016 Annual Report 2017-06-02
TCF's Annual Report for 2016 is complete and has been mailed out to our constituents. It includes highligts from the early part of 2017 as well, taking the place of our usual spring newsletter. Please take a look through it and let us know what you think. We wish to once again thank the many supporters listed in the report. Your contributions are so important to us!
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!
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.