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Newton at Home History

Newton at Home (NAH) was founded in 2007 by a group of longtime Newton residents and became fully operational in April 2011.

2017

  • First Guided Autobiography Writing Class
  • NAH again sponsors "Telling Our Stories" at 2017 Festival of the Arts
  • First Small Appliance Repair-a-Thon
  • Newton Senior Center Orchestra concert & brunch fundraiser
  • First Memoir Writing Class

2016

  • Newton’s Mayor Setti Warren in his State of the City address said, “Newton at Home has been a fantastic resource for Newton seniors.”
  • NAH invited to participate in several City of Newton task forces
  • NAH sponsors "Telling Our Stories" at Festival of the Arts
  • Current Events/Politics, History, Knitting, Conversational Spanish, Reading Aloud, and Scrabble & Rummikub groups each begin
  • Sharing a Supper program started
  • 211 members at year end
  • Steve Logowitz becomes president
  • First Newton at Home cookbook published
  • Small Appliance Repair group moved from SOAR55 and grown
  • Fifth Birthday
  • Monthly Newsletter/calendar of upcoming programs and events for Newton at Home community begins

2015

  • Aileen Murphy joins staff as part-time Programs Coordinator
  • Tango Mango partnership starts
  • We co-sponsor “Telling our Stories, Celebrating our Lives” as part of the Newton Festival of the Arts
  • Singing Group starts
  • Steve Logowitz and Deborah Jackson Weiss become co-Presidents
  • 198 members at year end
  • Second Whole Foods 5% Day
  • Bakery goods deliveries started
  • Weekly Calendar of upcoming programs and events begins

2014

  • Hannah Goldberg, who started as a volunteer, joins staff as part-time Member Services Coordinator
  • Food Matters Affinity Group (now Nourish group) and Cooking classes start
  • First Whole Foods 5% day
  • Flower deliveries start
  • New NAH website introduced
  • Tiger’s Loft luncheons start
  • Major grants to support the reduced-fee memberships from Loretto Community and Newton Rotary Club
  • 183 members at year end
  • Food To your Table Partnership starts

2013

  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital partnership starts
  • “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” byline introduced
  • First Volunteer Satisfaction Survey
  • Theatre Group and Dining Club formalized
  • Six-month trial membership and Nine-month partial-year (breakaway) memberships added
  • Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia started
  • Major Donations from Sovereign Bank for reduced-fee memberships and Masonic Lodge of St. Andrew for technology
  • 181 members at year end
  • Dining Club begins to meet regularly

2012

  • Maureen Grannan becomes Executive Director
  • First partnership with Newton North High School (carpentry)
  • Barbara Butterworth, who started as a volunteer in 2011, becomes a part-time Member Services Coordinator
  • Winter Buddies program starts
  • First Member Satisfaction Survey
  • Second Book Club starts
  • Fessenden School/Newton at Home Reading Group established
  • 160 members at year end
  • Over 100 volunteers during the year
  • First Birthday party

2011

  • Opens with first members and volunteers
  • Julie Plaut Mahoney joins as Coordinator of Volunteers (later, also, becomes Coordinator of Partnerships)
  • Maureen Grannan joins as a volunteer and becomes first part-time Member Services Coordinator later in the year
  • First Book Club
  • First Theatre events
  • Health and Wellness Committee formed
  • Reaches 100 members
  • By end of year, over 85% of member service requests are fulfilled by volunteers (well over 90% by 2012 and over 95% since 2014)

2010

  • Over 70 volunteers planning for opening in Member Services, Provider Services, Volunteer/Staffing, Transportation, Marketing/Communications, Program Planning, and Finance/Fundraising Committees
  • First (trial) activities for potential members (attending plays and concerts)
  • First Connections newsletter
  • www.newtonathome.org created
  • Raised over $70,000 prior to opening
  • Office opened at Scandinavian Living Center
  • Hires first Executive Director
  • Join newly-created Village-to-Village network

2009

  • First Board of Directors chosen
  • Incorporated and receives 501(c)(3) status
  • First committees established – Planning, Membership, Marketing/Communications, Finance, Fundraising, and Programs

2008

  • Mission Statement created
  • Name “Newton at Home” adopted
  • Tamara Bliss becomes President
  • Survey of Newton Seniors conducted

2007

  • Jeremy Warburg Russo and friends begin meeting to discuss the Village concept and plan for a Village in Newton