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What does JCHE senior housing and a box of chocolates have in common?

Posted: March 12, 2013

During one of our recent weekend snow storms, a friend and I went on the Boston Chocolate Walking Tour.  Crazy?  Yes, but entirely worth it!  First, we stood in the freezing cold for 30 minutes waiting for the rest of our group to arrive, but they opted not to brave the cold, whipping wind-driven snow (who can blame them!).  Over the next two hours, we visited several chocolate shops on Newbury Street, Boylston Street and in Copley Place.  We sampled a wide variety of white, milk and dark chocolate from around the world, including: chocolate infused with champagne and dusted with powdered sugar to resemble the Swiss Alps; chocolate covered potato chip, a sweet and salty delight; dark chocolate with chili and pop rocks (remember them?) that made tiny fizzing explosions in our mouths; chocolate mixed with crushed bacon (what could be bad?); chocolate made with camel’s milk from the Middle East; a vegan chocolate made with almond milk; and as crazy as it sounds, I even tried a chocolate covered cricket (yes, a real one).

When I returned home to the comfort of dry socks and warm slippers, I started thinking about how the day’s experience reminded me of JCHE.  Like the chocolate we sampled, the residents and staff have come from so many different places around the world.  I thought about the figurative “cold” many needed to stand in before settling in at JCHE.  I thought about the wide variety of chocolate, and the wide variety of residents: some able-bodied, some more frail, some with active family lives, some with very little or no family at all, some with great senses of humor, some more serious, some from cities and some from country-sides, some eager to participate, and some who prefer to keep to themselves.  So maybe it is a long, corny stretch, but my hope is that the programs, services, safety, care and activities we offer, and the observable efforts of the JCHE staff bring at least a bit of sweetness, like the chocolate, to the residents’ lives.

This delectable post is written by Caren Silverlieb, JCHE's Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships.
March 12, 2013 

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