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Golda Meir House is a wonderful, non-sectarian, senior independent living community, offering rental housing, owned and managed by JCHE. It is located at 160 Stanton Avenue in the Auburndale neighborhood of Newton MA, a short walk from the MBTA’s Woodland Station and Newton Wellesley Hospital.
Like all JCHE properties, Golda Meir House is welcoming to older adults of all backgrounds. It is a vibrant and supportive community. Residents enjoy fully equipped apartments with full kitchens, as well as attractive and inviting common space, courtyards and grounds. Golda Meir House offers social, cultural and recreational programs that facilitate healthy aging. The building has a Kosher kitchen and a five-day-per-week dining program. Golda is a community where residents enjoy life-long pursuits and cultivate new interests. At Golda Meir House, residents can strike a balance between enjoying activity with neighbors and savoring time alone in the peacefulness of their apartments.
Golda Meir House has 199 apartments: 176 are available to those 62 and older with income levels that meet HUD guidelines for subsidized housing. The remaining 23 units are available for people aged 62 and older whose income levels exceed these guidelines.
Myra Marshall joined JCHE Golda Meir House in June, 2013, bringing her passion for working with older adults, and strong commitment to building a warm, engaging and caring community that supports successful aging. Myra values a collaborative, team oriented work environment. With her participative style of management she encourages proactive communication and problem-solving across departments, with the goal of continuous improvement.
Myra’s diverse background includes corporate compensation management for an international Fortune 500 company, and successful grassroots advocacy on behalf of children on the autism spectrum in public education. As a consultant and advocate for disabled adults and their families, she developed a special affinity for working with the elderly; including those with Alzheimer’s disease. This led to her career in independent and assisted living. Prior to joining JCHE, Myra served as programming director for Brightview Senior Living and activities coordinator for LCB Senior Living.
Myra earned her Bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Connecticut State University. When not at Golda Meir House, Myra enjoys baking, reading, folk music, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura Isenberg joined the staff at Golda Meir House in 1985. She is deeply committed to providing quality senior housing and achieves this through effective community building. She is responsible for providing support to residents and their families. She serves as a liaison to local government agencies and develops resident policies and programs. Laura also provides supervision and training of staff and social work interns from local universities. Laura received her B.A. at Connecticut College and her Masters in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work.
When not at work, Laura is likely doing yoga, gardening and folk dancing.
Since 1996, Melanie Katz has worked at Golda Meir House. As a Certified Professional of Occupancy, Melanie administers the subsidy program to ensure that income levels for those living in subsidized apartments meet HUD guidelines. She is proud to be a member of the Golda management team, which shares a goal of providing a warm and inviting environment for each resident. Melanie was born in South Africa and was a Sociology major at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In addition to working in the United States and South Africa, Melanie spent 11 years in a collective village in Israel.
After hours, Melanie is likely to be reading, following current events and attending lectures.
Blaire joined the staff at Golda Meir House in August 2015. She is responsible for planning special events, organizing entertainment, and providing cultural and educational opportunities for residents. She also collaborates with colleagues to assist residents and their families with a range of issues to make life more manageable and enjoyable. Blaire has a Masters in Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor in Anthropology and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. While studying towards her Master’s degree, she was an intern at Center Communities of Brookline and the Brookline Council on Aging in Brookline, MA. When not at JCHE, you are likely to find Blaire babysitting, knitting, or baking up a storm!