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Creative Housing & Services: A New Name in Affordable Housing Management

Summer 2016

In 2012, we welcomed Community Housing Management Services into the ECS family of organizations. Since that introduction, the portfolio of properties managed by CHMS has changed and the type of services provided has expanded.

We are pleased to announce that, as of July 1, 2016, Community Housing Management Services has changed its name to Creative Housing & Services! The new name is a better reflection of the important work we do, which is not based solely on management tasks but also has an important supportive services component.

Creative Living Plus (CLP) is a program that enriches the lives of residents in our affordable housing communities. In keeping with ECS’s Creative Living philosophy, CLP supports resident wellness for mind, body and spirit. Donor-supported services include health screenings, wellness workshops, food distribution, social programing, and spiritual care and support.

Through Creative Housing & Services and its program, Creative Living Plus, we are reaching more than 450 residents at six affordable campuses and residents are responding with great enthusiasm. Some have written letters describing how life-changing the services have been. Perhaps one of the greatest outcomes is the camaraderie that has developed among residents. The place where they live is no longer an apartment building; it is a community of friends.

Above photo of Residents Mei Wei, left, and Yang Lee at Our Lady of Guadalupe keeping the pace in aerobics class.

Local Leaders Celebrate MonteCedro’s Grand Opening

February 2016

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich presents a certificate of commendation to retired Episcopal Communities & Services' President/CEO Marty Tamburrano and current President/CEO James S. Rothrock.

Under bright skies on February 4, 2016, Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) and the Altadena community celebrated the grand opening of MonteCedro, the first continuing care retirement community to be built in the region in more than 30 years.  Approximately 400 guests, including L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and members of the ECS boards of directors, attended the event and learned about the benefits MonteCedro offers in terms of local jobs and positive environmental impact.

The grand opening event featured an invocation by The Reverend Michael Bell, Chaplain at The Canterbury in Rancho Palos Verdes, and remarks by:

  • Ed Johnson, Chair of the Board, Episcopal Communities & Services
  • Marty Tamburrano, Recently retired President & CEO of Episcopal Communities & Services
  • Bob Long, Chair of the Board of Directors, MonteCedro
  • James Rothrock, President and CEO of Episcopal Communities & Services
  • David Weidert, Executive Director of MonteCedro

 L to R Former Scripps Home and Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) board chair, Ron Apel; past ECS chair and current MonteCedro board member, Dr. Allen Mathies; current MonteCedro board chair, Bob Long.

L to R Former Scripps Home and Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) board chair, Ron Apel; past ECS chair and current MonteCedro board member, Dr. Allen Mathies; current MonteCedro board chair, Bob Long.

Attendees were also treated to the music of The Jack Lantz Big Band and were able to tour MonteCedro’s common areas and enjoy delicious buffets.

“MonteCedro truly gives residents the opportunity to live creatively,” said James Rothrock, president and chief executive officer of ECS. “The community provides much more than simply a place to live. It’s a place for residents to pursue their passions, gain inspiration and be challenged. This grand opening is an opportunity to showcase what a premier senior retirement community can offer, not just to residents, but to Altadena as well.”

By the end of 2016, an estimated 250 residents will call MonteCedro home and will be able to participate in Creative Living, a unique offering that caters to mind, body and spirit. Through exclusive partnerships with local businesses and education institutions, and by accessing the expertise of residents themselves, MonteCedro provides lifelong learning opportunities, including educational workshops, performances and recreational outings.

MonteCedro features many apartment floorplans, innovative dining options, in-home healthcare services and a broad range of amenities, including a library, fitness center/ spa, theatre, and beautiful common areas.   The community has 186 residences for independent living and a unique program for assisted living and memory care with 20 private residences. www.montecedro.org.

MonteCedro’s design, services and amenities embody what it means to be a “Life Plan Community,” a term first introduced to the public at the 2015 LeadingAge Conference, and which has replaced “CCRC” (continuing care retirement community), a moniker used by senior living communities and facilities throughout the U.S.

MonteCedro is a separately incorporated nonprofit member of the Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) family of organizations.  Its distinctive architecture and interior design were created by world-class partners, including Perkins Eastman Architects and DPR Construction. MonteCedro’s campus offers state-of-the-art features designed to reduce the community’s impact on the environment, including “dark sky” compliant exterior lighting fixtures, a state-of-the-art irrigation control system and energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

MonteCedro celebrated its Grand Opening on February 4, 2016.

MonteCedro celebrated its Grand Opening on February 4, 2016.

For more information, visit us at www.montecedro.org.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich presents a certificate of commendation to retired Episcopal Communities & Services' President/CEO Marty Tamburrano and current President/CEO James S. Rothrock. Under bright skies on February 4, 2016, Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) and the Altadena community celebrated the grand opening of MonteCedro, the first continuing care retirement community to be built in the region in more than 30 years. 

Approximately 400 guests, including L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and members of the ECS boards of directors, attended the event and learned about the benefits MonteCedro offers in terms of local jobs and positive environmental impact. The grand opening event featured an invocation by The Reverend Michael Bell, Chaplain at The Canterbury in Rancho Palos Verdes, and remarks by: Ed Johnson, Chair of the Board, Episcopal Communities & Services Marty Tamburrano, recently retired President & CEO of Episcopal Communities & Services Bob Long, Chair of the Board of Directors, MonteCedro James Rothrock, President and CEO of Episcopal Communities & Services David Weidert, Executive Director of MonteCedro.

Attendees were also treated to the music of The Jack Lantz Big Band and were able to tour MonteCedro’s common areas and enjoy delicious buffets. “MonteCedro truly gives residents the opportunity to live creatively,” said James Rothrock, president and chief executive officer of ECS. “The community provides much more than simply a place to live. It’s a place for residents to pursue their passions, gain inspiration and be challenged. This grand opening is an opportunity to showcase what a premier senior retirement community can offer, not just to residents, but to Altadena as well.”

By the end of 2016, an estimated 250 residents will call MonteCedro home and will be able to participate in Creative Living, a unique offering that caters to mind, body and spirit. Through exclusive partnerships with local businesses and education institutions, and by accessing the expertise of residents themselves, MonteCedro provides lifelong learning opportunities, including educational workshops, performances and recreational outings.

MonteCedro features many apartment floorplans, innovative dining options, in-home healthcare services and a broad range of amenities, including a library, fitness center/ spa, theatre, and beautiful common areas. The community has 186 residences for independent living and a unique program for assisted living and memory care with 20 private residences.

MonteCedro’s design, services and amenities embody what it means to be a “Life Plan Community,” a term first introduced to the public at the 2015 LeadingAge Conference, and which has replaced “CCRC” (continuing care retirement community), a moniker used by senior living communities and facilities throughout the U.S. MonteCedro is a separately incorporated nonprofit member of the Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) family of organizations.  Its distinctive architecture and interior design were created by world-class partners, including Perkins Eastman Architects and DPR Construction. MonteCedro’s campus offers state-of-the-art features designed to reduce the community’s impact on the environment, including “dark sky” compliant exterior lighting fixtures, a state-of-the-art irrigation control system and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. MonteCedro celebrated its Grand Opening on February 4, 2016. For more information, visit us at www.montecedro.org.    

The Gift of Music & Memory

Fall 2015

More than 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  Those who suffer gradually lose their memories and become disconnected from their lives.  ECS has recently begun implementing a Music & Memory program, bringing earphones and iPODs with personalized playlists to residents in our assisted living and long term care settings.  Music is now enabling residents to tap into memories long buried.

“It is so wonderful to see how residents respond to the music that they love,“ says Lisa Oddone, ECS Resident Relations Coordinator for the former residents of Scripps Kensington.  “Some begin singing!  For others, music is a soother or stress-reliever.  We have one gentleman who takes the iPOD to his dialysis appointments. He says his long wait during treatment feels much shorter.”

The families of residents participating in the program have become enthusiastic supporters of it, often helping to select the right music for their loved one.The Halcyon Club is an ECS partner organization that introduced us to the program and provided seed funding.  We are grateful to Halcyon Club members and to other donors who continue to make Music & Memory possible.

Above photo of Jennifer Chang enjoying her favorite tunes at Sunny View Care Center

Edna Stein at Windsor Manor

Martha and Angelo Tamburrano Core Values Award

Fall 2015

Marty Tamburrano has served as President and CEO of Episcopal Communities & Services for ten years.  She led the organization through an unprecedented period of maturation and growth.  Her retirement, after 40 years of service in the aging services sector, coincides with the opening of MonteCedro.  To celebrate these milestones and as an expression of their commitment to the core values of ECS and the well-being of its staff, Marty and her husband Angelo have created a fund to annually recognize a non-management staff member who most exemplifies the values we cherish.  The award will include a cash gift.  An annual event will be held each summer during which employee scholarships and the Martha and Angelo Tamburrano Core Values Award will be given.  We are grateful!

 Above photo of Martha & Angelo Tamburrano

Diana and Jim Doyle Scholarship Endowed for MonteCedro Employees

Diana & Jim Doyle

The ECS tradition of philanthropy continues as we open MonteCedro and launch the Employee Education Fund that will benefit our new Altadena team members.  The Fund provides staff with life-changing educational experiences that often lead to better service, greater fulfillment on the job and upgraded pay.  Diana and Jim Doyle are passionate advocates of education.  Jim is also the project manager behind the building of MonteCedro.  His relentless pursuit of excellence on the job has been critical to the project but his commitment also extends to its future success, including the well-being of its employees.  Diana and Jim believe that education can be transformational.  They are thrilled to be endowing the inaugural scholarship fund for MonteCedro.  

 

Save Taxes, Get an Income, Build Community!

The Sophie Miller Foundation recently hosted two packed, round-table discussions to help future residents minimize their capital gains tax exposure. They learned how charitable gift strategies can help them benefit their favorite charities, establish an income stream for life and avoid a big tax bill.  Our speaker, Bill McMorran of Green Oak Consulting, answered lots of questions from the nearly 45 attendees. Some participants requested more details based on their personal data.  Bill is available as a resource for current and future ECS residents.  He also encourages everyone to consult with their own advisors.  If you'd like more information, please call the Foundation office or call Bill directly at (323) 462-2823.

Canterbury Stars Shine

Fall 2015

Professional organizations come in all stripes. For nonprofits providing aging services, the primary professional association is called Leading Age. Working together, members share innovative practices that can transform how they serve. Three staff members at The Canterbury have been accepted into prestigious Leading Age programs. Each has followed a different path in terms of career choice and education, and each will bring new skills and strengths to her service at The Canterbury.

Lizette Magallanes is part of the 2016 Leading Age National Leadership Academy.  This is a group of 30 fellows that will meet throughout the year to explore diverse perspectives from industry leaders and enhance their leadership skills and core competencies.  Lizette started at The Canterbury as a licensed vocational nurse.  She was helped by our Employee Education Fund and earned her Bachelors of Nursing degree while working full time.  Lizette is now our Director of Health Services. She is in charge of health services for residents in independent and assisted living apartments, and for those in our memory care program.

Lizette is excited about being exposed to different leadership styles and expanding her collaboration skills.  She believes a good leader is someone who can implement change and help the team embrace it.  “As we approach this new generation of baby boomers, we will see more and different service needs.  We will need to be more innovative and encourage collaboration amongst our teams.”

Lizette enjoys staying involved in her community. She’s a member of the Association of Hispanic Nurses and supports the Alzheimer’s Association.  Some of her community outreach includes participating in health fairs and promoting healthy aging and dementia care. Lizette said, “I’m very thankful for the support and the mentorship I have received from The Canterbury leadership team and from our larger organization. At the Canterbury there is a warm culture with residents, families and staff, which I love. “

Robin Gordon was accepted into EMERGE, a program sponsored by our statewide association, Leading Age California.  As Director of Environmental Services at The Canterbury, Robin is in charge of housekeeping, grounds, security and maintenance. On any given day you’ll find her leading her staff through problem solving. Robin has more than 27 years in the industry, having started as a housekeeper with American Baptist Homes then moved into Environmental Sciences at Morrison before coming to The Canterbury. 

“So far, EMERGE has been exciting and engaging.  The networking has been great.  It’s nice to see how the philosophy in our sector is changing to be more holistic and person-centered,” says Robin.  “There is a big focus on innovation in the program and I am seeing how teams can work effectively together.”

“There isn’t a more rewarding job you can have than working at The Canterbury. I have gained so much from knowing our residents.  This keeps me doing what I do and inspires me to want to learn more and to share that sense of fulfillment with others,” says Robin.  Robin is married to husband Jeff and they have three grown children: Mario, Monica and Brad. They enjoy spending time as a family biking, boating and camping all over California.

Arleen Amorozo, Director of Skilled Nursing at The Canterbury, is also in the EMERGE program. She has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has seen many leadership styles. Through EMERGE, Arleen has been excited to learn about Service Leadership. This is a philosophy of putting the needs of others first and helping people develop and perform as effectively as possible. “Working at The Canterbury has allowed me to help train my staff to realize their full potential and grow to become their best selves. I’m hoping they take what they learn back to their families and communities.”

Lifelong learning is very important to Arleen. She is currently in a dual master’s program at Grand Canyon University, focusing on business and leadership. She’s also a mom to Kyle, who is in the physical therapy program at Stanbridge College, and daughter Karen, who is an LVN at The Canterbury. In her spare time, Arleen loves spear heading church activities with her family and experiencing the joy of learning with the children in Sunday school.

      
   Lizette Magallanes          Robin Gordon                Arleen Amorozo

Episcopal Community & Services encourages personal and professional growth for all employees. We are extremely proud of what these staff members are accomplishing under the mentorship of Canterbury Executive Director, Sharon Pewtress, and with the dynamic support of these statewide and national programs sponsored by Leading Age.

Thumbnail photo of (from left) Robin Gordon, Lizette Magallanes

 
  

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