Cathedral Square Assisted Living This community offers the benefits of assisted living at a choice location overlooking Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington. Conveniently located near the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, the community offers 28 assisted living units designed to be affordable to households wit... More Information.
Cathedral Square Volunteer Luncheon-Our Volunteers Think out of the Box!
In the spirit of recognizing our great team of volunteers, Cathedral Square held its 3rd Annual Volunteer Luncheon at Grand Way Commons on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
Our dedicated guests were treated to a delicious lunch of BBQ chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw. As a special treat, Cathedral Square staff prepared a wonderful array of desserts to put a finishing touch on the meal.
It was wonderful to see the room buzzing with conversations and laughter from our volunteers. Seasoned volunteers shared their stories and anecdotes with folks who have just begun to reap the benefits of sharing their time and services with our residents. Many echoed the sentiment that the benefit of volunteering is a mutual one, bringing as much pleasure to the giver as it does to the recipient.
The celebration ended on a cheerful note with 30 donated raffle prizes awarded to some much deserving lucky volunteers.
Cathedral Square is already setting sights on the next celebration and we hope you can join us. If you are interested in volunteering your time and sharing your skills with our residents, please contact Beth Alpert at 802-861-3297.
On Wednesday, May 1, Nan Roman, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, presented the findings of a recently issued report, Housing, America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy to legislators in a joint House and Senate hearing hosted by Committee Chairs Representative Helen Head and Senator Kevin Mullin at the Vermont State House.
About the BPC’s Housing Commission
The Commission is co-chaired by former Senators George Mitchell, Kit Bond, Mel Martinez and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.
· Rental Subsidy for households under 30% of median income in need.
· 50% increase in federal rental housing credit.
· Supplement to the HOME Investment Partnerships program.
· Sustainable approach to homeownership.
· Reformed system of housing finance with greater role for private sector.
· Aging in Place by integrating housing and health care.
· Convene a White House conference on Aging in Place.
Jackie Klein is a Heineberg Senior Housing resident who, as this interview was being written, was in the midst of celebrating the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Jackie practices kosher laws, requiring storing foods in appropriate dishes among other requirements, although she does eat out occasionally. She attends Ohavi Zedek (OZ) Synagogue in Burlington. She recently baked a Farfel Pudding for “breaking the fast” of Yom Kippur, as well as two blueberry pies, for a fundraiser at Heineburg Senior Housing.
Does this mean that she is so dedicated to her faith and traditions that she overlooks others’ holidays, celebrations and needs? Far from it! A longtime friend of Sister Susan at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Jackie visits her every month. Among their common interests is a deep belief in advocating for those less fortunate. Jackie is also a close friend of a 95 year old resident at Cathedral Square whom she transports to OZ and other outings.
Jackie will be 79 near the end of this year. She is the oldest of three, and has 2 younger brothers. She describes her relationship to them as “kind of an aunt,” as she helped to raise her brothers. That, and other life events led her to become a caring and capable person. She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1934. Her mother was a housekeeper and father owned cosmetic stores. At age 12, the family moved to “the wrong side of the river” in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her neighbors were French Canadians and she has fond memories of becoming friends with children from these Catholic families.
Other fond memories from this era include piano lessons, ice skating at a rink behind the Catholic Church, the Rock Rimmon playground and picking blueberries. She left home at the age of 16 to attend school in Boston, where she took courses to become a dental hygienist at Forsyth School. She worked her way through school by being a mother’s helper and working at a kosher hotel in the summer months.
It was then that she was asked to go on a blind double date with a Harvard student.. She said it was an awful evening. The other couple never showed up, she had to teach her date the bunny hop and she felt they had little in common. She was sure she would never see him again. Her date, Myer “Mike” Mark, did call again--and again.
When she and Mike married, they moved to Michigan while Mike attendeded law school. Jackie worked as a dental hygienist for a school system. Her job included cleaning children’s teeth, applying fluoride treatments and making referrals to a dentist, when necessary. Later the family returned to Boston,where Jackie worked for a dentist who wrote text books for students of dentistry.
As she raised their three daughters, Jackie worked part-time in Needham Dental Clinic for underprivileged families. She returned to Boston to the same dental clinic as before, under the care of two new dentists. Needless to say, Jackie made many friends “over the dental chair” in her 35 years of practice.
Mike and Jackie shared 50 years of an interesting life together until Mike’s death five years ago. Jackie says she is proud of her family. One of her daughters lives in Jericho; another will soon live in Switzerland working in the field of International Relations; and her third daughter works at Staples. Jackie he has six grandchildren.
Jackie spent many years as Mike’s nurse and caregiver, and since his passing, she “attends every event” she can, including frequent travels to Boston, Michigan, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Florida to make up for the time shestayed home. Mike had to travel in a mini-van which was equipped for his wheelchair. As an example of her spirit, she still drives this van, but loads her walker on its ramp.. Jackie did not mention it until asked, but she suffers from Sjogren’s Disease, Limited Scleroderma plus Reynaud’s syndrome. The fact that she “soldiers on,” is a testament to her philosophy, “Be Positive.”