The FHA — strengthened by community partnerships — continues to expand programs designed to maximize
independence, create opportunities and enhance residents’ lives.
At a new weekly on-site Wellness Clinic sponsored by FHA Tenant Associations, visiting nurses provide senior and disabled FHA residents with blood pressure and glucose screenings, weight consults, and feedback on a variety of health issues.
Support groups for seniors from Asian or Spanish communities, led by volunteers from the Framingham Council on Aging, continue to help residents make transitions to American culture.
Programs to improve fitness and provide social opportunities for seniors and disabled residents continue to be offered by Jewish Family Services – a longtime FHA community partner. And collaborations with Bay Path Elders and other social services continue to ensure senior and disabled residents access to in-home resources that prevent nursing home placement.
In addition, FHA’s quarterly Resident Services newsletter helps guide readers to activities such as walking clubs, movie nights, flower plantings, a yard sale, bingo, barbecues, day trips and holiday parties. A monthly cable television program further informs seniors on issues of health and well being central to their lives.
Also for FHA residents, the annual National Night Out Barbecue brings FHA families and seniors alike onto the muster field for an evening of free barbecue (served by FHA staff), music, and tours of Framingham Fire Department engines and Framingham Police Department squad cars -- all topped with free ice cream.
With food donated weekly by Whole Foods Supermarkets and a generous grant from BJ’s Wholesale Club, the FHA also has an onsite Food Pantry that offers emergency food supplies to residents who need them. HHome-cooked Thanksgiving meals from the Curtis family and Christmas meals provided by the Framingham
Police Deparment continue to bring holiday joy to homebound FHA seniors.