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Coleman House is located on a beautiful wooded site and conveniently shares a campus with the lively Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston located in Newton Highlands.
Step into Coleman House, located at 677 Winchester Street, to find a lovely and comfortable independent living community for seniors of all ages, offering rental housing that is owned and managed by JCHE.
Coleman House welcomes older adults of all backgrounds. The community is comprised of people with a wide range of interests. Some residents work full time while others are fully retired. Coleman offers a vibrant and supportive community. Residents enjoy fully equipped apartments with full kitchens, as well as attractive and inviting common space, patio and grounds. Residents at Coleman House have access to a broad range of social, cultural and recreational programs that facilitate healthy aging. Like all JCHE communities, residents at Coleman House can strike a balance between enjoying activity with others, cultivating new pursuits as well as savoring time alone in the peacefulness of their apartments.
Coleman House has 146 one-bedroom apartments. To be eligible for one of these units, there must be at least one person in the household who is age 62 or older with income levels that meet HUD guidelines for subsidized housing.
Robin Nasson has spent her entire career at JCHE, beginning in 1985 when she was a student intern completing her master’s degree. She worked in the Group Services Department in JCHE’s Brighton campus for eight years and then moved to Coleman House in 1993 as a Resident Services Coordinator. She became the Executive Director the following year and has especially enjoyed all facets of working with older adults and their families. Her position includes oversight of everything that goes on at Coleman House – inside and out. She feels extremely fortunate to work with an incredible team of colleagues who all come together to create a warm, active and supportive community for the residents of Coleman House. In her spare time, Robin enjoys hiking, biking, reading, knitting, being at the beach and spending time with her husband and two grown daughters.
Sasha Sherman joined JCHE Coleman House full-time staff in 2010, but has held temporary and part-time positions at the Brighton campus since 2001. As a Certified Professional of Occupancy, Sasha administers the monthly subsidy program to ensure those living in subsidized apartments meet continuous HUD guidelines regarding rent and occupancy. Sasha was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and is bilingual. She is proud to be a member of the Coleman management team, which shares a goal of providing a warm and inviting environment for each resident. When not at work, Sasha can often be found attending classical concerts and operas in Boston and New York.
Cindy brings seven years of experience working in senior programming, enrichment class design and senior supportive services as Manager of Senior Adult Programs at our neighboring Jewish Community Center to her position at Coleman House. Her programs included flu clinics, bi-annual blood drives, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, holiday celebrations and extensive lifetime learning enrichment classes. As the Coleman House Resident Services Director, Cindy is focusing on the quality of residential life. She is working with residents and their families to ensure a safe and welcoming environment where older adults can age in community and build connections with those within our residences and in the surrounding neighborhoods. She enjoys advocating and mediating and ensuring that everyone’s needs are being realized. Capitalizing on her experience with program planning at the JCC, Cindy supervises the Group Events Coordinator and helps to develop programs that are enriching as well as entertaining! Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science from St. Anselm College and her JD from Suffolk University Law School.
Victoria Ofir joined JCHE in 1999. For 11 years, she worked at Coleman House as the Assistant Property Manager. Currently, Vicki serves as a Bilingual Russian Services Coordinator. In her position, Vicki works closely with our Russian residents on issues that include food stamps, Social Security, banking and general translations. Vicki loves what she does and, as an immigrant herself, understands how difficult it can be to assimilate into a new culture. Vicki earned a degree in economics from The Institute of Economics in Georgia, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Bay Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Suffolk University. Vicki’s interests include reading, playing piano, watching television and spending time with her family.
Tom Moscatelli has worked at JCHE since 1981. He started at the Brighton campus as a Maintenance Mechanic and then worked at Golda Meir House as the Building Superintendent. When Coleman House opened in 1984, Tom became the Maintenance Supervisor and has been there ever since! In addition to this position, Tom also shares duties with his wife as a site representative at Coleman House. He enjoys all the different aspects of his work at JCHE. Tom is an avid Boston Bruins fan. His favorite activities include camping and spending time with his wife and three sons.