Creating Community for a Lifetime
Update Report September 13, 2004

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Important Meeting Notice!

Chicago's Satellite Senior Centers

Mather Cafˇ

The Council for Jewish Elderly


Important Meeting Notice!

Just a reminder that our last two scheduled meetings for both the Community Advisory Team and Core Council are coming up!

September 21, 2004 1:30 - 3:30 pm

September 28, 2004 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Prince Conference Center, 1800 East Beltline


Creating Community for a Lifetime Sponsors


Serving Older Adults in Chicago: Cafes, Satellite Centers,
and NORCs

The Creating Community for a Lifetime site visit to Chicago provided a terrific opportunity to learn about three very different-and very successful- approaches to delivering services to older adults. We started the day at one of four Satellite Senior Centers operated as a collaborative effort of the City of Chicago and a non-profit service provider, Christian Churches Caring. Mather Cafˇ provided a "lunch and learn" experience and at the Council for the Jewish Elderly, we heard about CJE's role in a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC). Although the approaches, sponsoring organizations, and target audiences of the programs differ, they share a common emphasis on working collaboratively with a variety of community groups to effectively meet the needs of older adults.

  • Chicago's Satellite Senior Centers
  • The Satellite Senior Centers are a partnership of the City of Chicago and non-profit organizations, with a different partner in each neighborhood. In Portage Park, the city partners with Christian Churches Caring, an ecumenical organization that provides outreach and services to older adults and those who care for them; in West Town, the partner is Casa Centrales, an Hispanic organization, and the Austin partner is the South Austin Community Coalition Council, a grass roots advocacy group.

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  • Mather Cafˇ
  • Providing choices for older adults is a key premise of three Chicago-area Mather Cafes opened over the past five years. The cafes are operated by the non- profit Mather Lifeways, a trust that seeks to improve the quality of life for older adults.

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  • The Council for Jewish Elderly
  • CJE, a partnership of the Jewish United Fund and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, operates retirement, assisted living and long term care programs as well as providing services for people who need assistance to remain at home. CJE's federally- funded demonstration project, There's No Place Like Home, focuses on naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs)-communities in which a high percentage of residents are older adults.

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