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"Moving" Experiences

Posted: May 15, 2017

We recently published the second issue of Thriving in Community, JCHE's newsletter featuring timely stories and information. The front page story is reproduced below. 

Moving Experiences

In our last issue of Thriving in Community, you heard about all we do to make renovating 408 apartments at our Kurlat House in Brighton and our Golda Meir House in Newton less stressful for our residents.

With construction well under way, we wanted to share with you two moving experiences.   

“I’m extremely lucky and happy to be at Golda,” says Estelle Howard, a New York native who moved into Golda 11 years ago.

At 98 years old, Estelle wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she found out she would be moving out of her apartment. After all, moving can be one of the most stressful events in our lives.  

And that’s why Estelle was so incredibly surprised when moving into her temporary apartment turned out to be, in her words, an “unbelievably easy experience.”

Prior to packing her belongings, Carmel Movers took pictures of her entire apartment so they could set up Estelle’s new apartment identically to the original. 

Estelle’s daughter, who joined us for our talk with her mom, described the amusing sight of big, burly movers exercising great care to ensure that every tchotchke on every surface was placed in the exact same place as before. 

“Estelle has very limited vision, and they made sure to accommodate her by putting everything where she can find it easily,” she says.

“I couldn’t believe I moved, it was so effortless,” Estelle jokes.

Estelle knows she’ll have to move again into her newly renovated apartment. But this time, she has peace of mind knowing the exemplary service that awaits her.   

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Former high school teacher and Winchester, MA native, Robert Lindsey, was one of the first residents to move into a renovated apartment in Kurlat.

“I love living here. I love the diversity of this community,” says 80 year-old Robert.

Robert, who is wheelchair bound, had been hearing about the building’s planned modernization for a while, but only had a vague idea of what to expect.

“Moving can be tortuous when you get old,” he admits. “But it went better than I could have dreamed.”

The substantially bigger bathroom and walk-in shower make it easier for Robert to maneuver his wheelchair. And he’s looking forward to staying cool during the hot summer days thanks to the newly installed AC in his bedroom.

But for Robert, the apartment’s biggest improvement, unequivocally, is the handicap-accessible kitchen.

“I love cooking, but in the old apartment, I had a lot of difficulty with it.”

Now, reconfigured kitchen appliances, including a separate wall oven allowing Robert to easily slide his wheelchair under the stove top for optimal safety, allow him to do what he loves.

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Both Robert and Estelle emphasized the great attitude of everyone involved in the moving process, including JCHE staff, Housing Opportunity Unlimited—a company that provides relocation assistance in public and subsidized housing—and Carmel Movers.

As we continue to temporarily relocate residents, we are committed to replicating Robert’s and Estelle’s overwhelmingly positive experiences. 

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Robert’s handicap-accessible stove

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