Recently, JFS of Metrowest’s Healthy Aging Initiative and NORC Program joined the Hastings House residents for their Resident Advisory Meeting, July birthday celebration, and Lunch Bunch activity.

The monthly meeting, run by the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA), gives Hasting House residences the opportunity to discuss community and personal needs. It also offers JFS and FHA a platform to share current and upcoming activities and services. The open-forum-style meeting concluded with residents cheering at the announcement of their highly-anticipated annual 4th of July BBQ.

Afterward, JFS Immigrant Services Team Senior Supervisor Nermin Helaly led a July birthday celebration, during which residents sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed cake together. Helaly emphasized the importance of these celebrations: “They help get people out of their apartments to socialize with other residents and the staff”.

The birthday celebration was followed by the bi-weekly Lunch Bunch activity, which further promotes interaction between residents and with staff. The event creates a warm environment that stimulates conversation, elevates the seniors’ moods, and provides staff with more information about residents’ mental and physical health to better support them.

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