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The Boston Home Announces $60,000 Matching Grant

Posted: November 15, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Since 1881, The Boston Home has provided specialized clinical care and residential services for adults from throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with progressive neurological diseases, primarily advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

During the grand opening of its newly renovated Pavilion at The Boston Home on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Marva Serotkin, President and CEO of The Boston Home announced the organization's receipt of a major grant.

An anonymous donor has given a $60,000 matching grant to expand the innovative B.Fit! Day Program, the first such program in the state for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases.

The grant will be given in $20,000 increments over three years if the funds are matched by other donations.

The funds will be used to add an additional staff person to expand the number of people served. The Greater New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Citizens Foundation have also committed to supporting B.Fit! in the upcoming year.

Phase I and II renovations of the Pavilion at a cost of $150,000 were supported by grants from the Yawkey Foundation, Citizens Foundation, Biogen Idec, Carney Hospital, Milton Hospital, Fallon Ambulance, and individual donors.


Gifts to the B.Fit! challenge may be made  
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Event speakers included
  • Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services;
  • Arlyn White, President & CEO of the Greater New England Chapter, National MS Society;
  • Anthony Everett, anchor of WCVB-TV Channel 5's "Chronicle," a longtime advocate for people with MS; and
  • Marva Serotkin, President and CEO of The Boston Home.
Note that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has supported B.Fit! since its inception in 2006.

The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening
Marva Sirotkin
The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening
Arlyn White
The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby
The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening
Dr. Judy-Ann Bigby, Arlyn White,
 Anthony Everett and Marva Sirotkin

Gay Vernon of Magic 106.7 moderated a panel of B.Fit! participants and family members as well as Glory Wideman-Hughes, B.Fit! Program Director.

"Wellness comes from within," noted Ms.Wideman-Hughes. "Each person develops a personal sense of wellness. At The Boston Home, we help to empower our residents and program participants. The idea is to never give up, to enjoy life to the fullest."

 
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The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening
About The Boston Home

The Boston Home B.Fit! Pavillion Grand Opening Since 1881, The Boston Home has provided specialized clinical care and residential services for adults from throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with progressive neurological diseases, primarily advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

Always an innovator, The Boston Home has extended its mission beyond its 96 residents to serve individuals living with progressive neurological diseases in the community through B.Fit!, a day program of wellness and socialization.

Through The Boston Home Institute, The Boston Home advances the standards of care by committing to the education of healthcare professionals at the local and national level, building relationships to support advocacy and public policy issues, and by participating in research initiatives with community and nationally-based organizations and academic institutions.

For more information, visit:  www.thebostonhome.org

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