A group of civic leaders came together then to create the Springfield Home for Aged Women, providing a dignified residence for 16 women in the region who had neither family nor means. We have grown since then—in terms of who we serve, how many we serve and what we offer.
And at our core, we are still a nonprofit that gives back to older adults in Greater Springfield.
In the past decade or so, we have grown from a Life Plan Community that serves 40 people each year to one that provides a place to call home as well as a range of services for roughly 500 individuals on our Longmeadow campus and throughout the region.
Financial gifts and bequests over the years have allowed us to grow and continue to operate from a philanthropic center. But there are times when we also must ask for support. It’s part of what we see as our cycle of giving.
It is support from donors who value our commitment to older adults that allows us to grow, expand, and make enhancements to our programs and services.
With this in mind, we would like to let you know that the sixth annual Valley Gives Day is coming on May 1, and we hope that you will consider giving to those nonprofits in the region that you consider to be transformative. We hope that you keep Glenmeadow top of mind.
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is the sponsor for Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour, online giving event for nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley. All you need do is go to our Valley Gives page, and you can make a gift to help us fund the work that is bolstering older adults.
There are many ways in which we will make your gift count.
We continue to provide a scholarship program—a safety net of sorts—for residents who outlive their assets, so that they can continue to stay in the place they call home. We also have a Team members Education Fund, through which we support employees who want to go back to school or take a class to enhance their careers or feed their minds.
And now, as part of a strategic goal to enhance our commitment to people in the community with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and their families, we have developed new services to help us live into that promise.
“We are aware of the increasing number of people in the community whose lives are touched in some way by dementia,” Anne Thomas, our president and CEO, says. “We want to help them access support. We also want to reduce the stigma they experience. We want to help people understand dementia and walk toward those who need help—not away.”
Earlier this year, we partnered with the Longmeadow Adult Center, JGS Lifecare, and the Alzheimer’s Association to create Dementia Friendly Longmeadow. Through this initiative, throughout the year, we will take part in offering resources and education to professionals and area residents alike.
“We want to create empathy,” Anne says. “We want to be part of a system that offers compassion.”
As part of Dementia Friendly Longmeadow, we have offered once thus far—and will offer again—the Dementia Tour, an educational tool that allows people to experience what it is like to live with dementia.
Finally, we also have launched in the past year our Caregivers Support Group for both professionals and family members who are assisting someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.
Meetings are held at our Life Plan Community at 24 Tabor Crossing twice per month on the first Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
We hope if you or your family are touched by dementia, you will reach to us for help.
And we likewise hope that you will reach to us to support us in this work.