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Kavod Introduces The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Health & Wellness Center
Kavod Senior Life will open the doors of a brand new, on-site Health & Wellness Center named after its most generous donor, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Foundation provided a lead gift of $325,000 towards the project.
“We decided to create the Center after assessing the needs of our residents,” noted Perry Moss, Board Chair for Kavod Senior Life. “We learned that many individuals were ignoring crucial health needs due to difficulties accessing quality care.”
Once completed, the Center will offer services covering medical, dental and mental health issues as well as physical therapy, exercise and rehabilitation programs. The Center will serve over 400 residents at Kavod, and eventually will open its doors to the greater community of seniors surrounding the Kavod campus. Kavod is one of the few subsidized properties in Denver offering such comprehensive, on-site services.
“The Weinberg Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that help low-income and vulnerable older adults to age in their communities, with maximum independence and quality of life,” said Aaron Merki, Weinberg Foundation Program Officer for Older Adults. “The new Kavod Health & Wellness Center is a wonderful reflection of that commitment.”
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Health & Wellness Center will be located on the top floor of Kavod’s West Building, which was formerly the Penthouse. Kavod is planning a grand opening in April featuring remarks from local dignitaries, ribbon cutting, food, music and tours.
We hope you can join us to celebrate the opening of the Center! More information to follow in coming weeks.
Fun-raising and fund-raising happens on August 25!
Kavod Senior Life will be hosting its 2nd annual fundraising called “Food Truckin’ on South Adams Street.” The event will be held on Thursday, 8/25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
This lively outdoor event will feature a wonderful variety of food trucks, cocktails and a live band.
Wait list is Open!
The wait list reopened April 1, 2015. Kavod Senior Living had previously not been accepting applications for subsidized Senior Living housing due to a very long wait list. For more information, please see our FAQ’s.
Kavod/AJA Wins 2014 AJAS Jewish Programming Award
Kavod Senior Life (under the name Allied Jewish Apartments) won a 2014 Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) for Allied On The Go and other outreach programming. A record number of entries were submitted this year, and we are flattered that we were selected!
While programming at AJA has always been open to community seniors, Allied On The Go program, from Oy to Joy publication and the upcoming You Only Live Once conference, allows Kavod to bring more resources and support services to the broader Denver Jewish community. The community has responded to programming with excitement, and understands that AJA is a connector and catalyst for better programming and support services for older adults in our community.
The award reflects Kavod’s desire to reach beyond our own walls and provide seniors in the community at large with opportunities to participate in wellness, arts and educational programs in locations closer to where they live. Programs have already been offered at the Jewish Community Center, Temple Emanuel, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Temple Micah, B’nai Havurah, and the Hebrew Educational Alliance, and we are always looking for new venues and expanding our programming.
KAVOD Senior Life, formerly Allied Jewish Apartments, is the new name of one of Denver’s leading providers of senior housing and services as well as outreach programs in the broader community. Michael Klein, executive director of Kavod Senior Life, made the announcement.
Community members are invited to join Kavod Senior Life and celebrate this change at the annual meeting on Monday, April 28, 6 p.m., at 22 S. Adams St. The evening includes kosher hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Reservations are required.
Kavod Senior Life will remain true to its foundation of Jewish values while being an inclusive and open community. “Honor. Community. Jewish Values” is the new tagline that explains the key focus of the brand:
Honoring residents, their community partners and one another; helping to build community for seniors so they can age well and in place, wherever they are; and guided by Jewish values and tradition.
“Kavod, from the Fifth Commandment, ‘Honor Your Father and Your Mother,’ teaches us to honor our elders, to assist them with all aspects of daily living, and to do so with an attitude of joy, sincerity, honor and respect,” says Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, Kavod Senior Life chaplain.
“We have always had this intention at Kavod, and will do so even more so as we live into our new name and highest calling.”
“While the name is changing, the mission remains the same: to provide life-enriching experiences to older adults through a broad range of housing and support services that reflect the spiritual, social, and cultural values of Jewish tradition,” said Klein.
Founded in 1968 by local community leaders who wanted a place for Jewish seniors, Allied Jewish Apartments opened its first building at 11 S. Adams St. in 1971.
In the years that followed, two more buildings were built and are connected by walkways and a bridge.
Over the years, dining services, healthcare support services and programs and activities designed for older adults were developed, creating the 400-plus member community that was known as “Allied.”
To develop the new organizational structure, name and brand, Kavod Senior Life conducted months of research, assessments, planning and strategic development to position the organization’s growing role as a trusted partner, community connector and catalyst in the fast-evolving field of senior housing and community services.
Based on this research, the board of directors determined that this new vision better reflects Kavod’s existing services and builds a stronger brand, allowing for more collaborative opportunities.
“We were concerned that our name didn’t state that we serve seniors, that we offer an assisted living program, or that we are far more than just apartments,” said Debbie Reinberg, chair of the strategic planning committee.
“Our affiliation with the Allied Jewish Federation ended many years ago, and that organization recently changed its name.”
Several new focal points are integrated under the Kavod Senior Life brand: Kavod Senior Living at Cherry Creek, Kavod Assisted Living at Cherry Creek, Kavod on the Road and Kavod Senior Life Foundation.
Kavod Senior Living at Cherry Creek, the senior living apartments, will continue to provide subsidized housing and remains a high priority.
Kavod Assisted Living at Cherry Creek will give a formal name and exposure to Kavod’s 26-unit assisted living program for residents who need more help with daily activities. Residents receive three meals a day, medication monitoring, housekeeping, and a broad array of social and wellness opportunities.
Kavod on the Road is the outreach and community programming division, operating beyond the Cherry Creek campus. In the past year, Kavod has expanded services to become a resource and connector for seniors across Denver.
Together with area synagogues and community centers, Kavod on the Road is offering programming, activities and education on a wide spectrum of topics.
In partnership with community organizations, it offers resources like the annual conference this Sunday at the JCC, a monthly calendar for seniors (from Oy to Joy) and support for grassroots senior programs.
The Kavod Senior Life Foundation will become more proactive than previously. According to Board President David Fogel:
“We fully realize that the government may not have the resources to fund existing or expanding needs of seniors as this demographic grows.
“Our foundation will better enable us to seek grants, encourage philanthropy and raise needed funds. With those funds we will continue to upgrade our facilities, help develop new senior housing, and expand current programming.”
Fogel, along with foundation Chair Morey Perlmutter, are in the process of developing a plan to raise these necessary funds.
Download current information on our wait list
Eight-five graduates of the Academy of Lifelong Learning celebrated their successes on Sunday, January 19th, with a special graduation ceremony. The Academy, launched in January 2012, is an onsite continuing education and enrichment program. The Academy offers classes to improve body, mind and spirit, and encourages participants to remain engaged, healthy and to pursue new learning experiences.
The Academy is a source of pride for Kavod’s residents. An average of 120 classes are offered monthly, with 11,000 hours of classes recorded for 2013. An estimated two-thirds of Kavod residents participate in the Academy.
Those honored at the event included Marcia Helfant, longtime Academy instructor and retired Kavod staff. “I loved having a discussion class with you… You know things! You have perspective! You have life experience and you are smart!,” remarked Helfant upon accepting her honor.
Daniel Bennett, Kavod board member, was the keynote speaker. Co-principals, residents Ondalee Kline and Betty Didcoct, led the graduation exercise. Graduates, friends and family celebrated with cake and refreshments after the ceremony. “Learning is a lifelong venture that can never end,” remarked Bennett in his keynote address to graduates. Board members Michele Lueck and Barbara Borkan were also on hand for the festivities.
Three new units were fitted with PEAC technology in the East Building just before the end of 2013, bringing the facility total to seven units. PEAC is an automation control system that allows users with mobility impairments to interact and control their environments, including TVs, doors, blinds, thermostats, lights, and many other elements.
It works with various handheld touch tablets and can be modified for use by individuals with more severe disabilities, including some types of paralysis. Kavod was the first location in Colorado and first HUD site nationwide to use this system. Residents have already been moved in and are enjoying the upgraded systems.
PEAC is an automation control system that allows users with mobility impairments to interact and control his or her environment, including TVs, doors, blinds, thermostats, and many other elements. The system is server based and independent of the internet. It works with various handheld touch tablets and can be modified for use by individuals with more severe disabilities, including some types of paralysis.
Take a look at PEAC in action here: