Our property management team has deep expertise navigating government regulations, policies, and agencies at the federal, state, and local level to create and maintain top-quality developments which become a source of pride to the broader community while delivering significant benefits to our residents.
In fact, four communities managed by Schochet, have been designated Communities of Quality by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and two of these properties were the 2010 winners of the New England AHMA Exemplary Property award in the Senior and Family categories.
Some of the advantages of living in Schochet-owned and/or managed properties include:
- Physical amenities
- Educational programs
- Health and wellness initiatives
- Assistance from Resident Service Coordinators to help residents access resources including social services, community support and neighborhood partnerships
- Social programming that creates a sense of inclusion and community
A highlight of the experience of living in a Schochet community is the many opportunities our residents have to interact with each other through our community activity rooms and communal programming, sharing life experiences and the diversity of a broad range of cultures; forming new friendships and acting as good neighbors. From young to old, each of our residents is afforded the respect and attention they deserve by our empathetic and devoted staff and we celebrate their individuality. Click here to meet some of the unique people who comprise our communities.
The People of Our Communities
WWII Navy airplane mechanic Dorabelle Johnson Smith (Johnny to her friends at RHF's Essex Village/King’s Grant managed by The Schochet Companies in North Kingstown, RI) recently added another first to her list: being serenaded for her 99th Birthday as she waited for her 2nd COVID vaccine.
A proud resident of The Schochet Companies Glen Meadow Apartments in Franklin, MA, Swayam Patel, 10, built a model of the property (with his uncle’s aid) while sheltering in place during the pandemic. Schochet is awaiting a job application any day from Swayam, seen here with mom Tarulataben
100-year-old Rachel Tresback, a resident of RHF's Binnall House (managed by The Schochet Companies in Gardner, MA) continues to knit baby blankets to contribute to Project H.A.N.D.S. (Helping Angels National Donated Support), an effort where residents of RHF communities partner with non-profit organizations to support to those in need in their local areas.
Seabury Heights (managed by The Schochet Companies in Worcester, Massachusetts) celebrated a new bench dedication and improvements to the flagpole area, an Eagle Scout project by Sean Thomas, 17, in memory of his grandparents, long-time Seabury residents Jacqueline and Michael Thomas. Sean, a member of Troop 9, planned and worked on the project for months, which included fund-raising, weeding, planting, brickwork, and building the bench with a plaque commemorating his grandparents, who lived at Seabury for 17 years and still have many friends among the residents. Sean felt the flagpole area would be especially meaningful to his grandfather, a US Army veteran. Would love to show a picture of the grandparents along with one of the flagpole to go with this item. (we have a photo of Sean at the flag pole but nothing of his grandparents). Any chance any of their friends at Seabury Heights might have one or a relationship with the family to ask?
Resident Education & Development
In 2019, UMass nutrition trainers educated residents at RH’s Seabury Heights (managed by The Schochet Companies in Worcester, MA) by playing Fruits and Veggies BINGO, including prizes and a take-home cookbook. A highlight was bean dip & chips prepared by one of the trainers. Prior to the pandemic (and hopefully resuming soon), Seabury Heights residents enjoyed a variety of events planned by the onsite Resident Services Coordinator, including a monthly craft project with elderly residents and elementary students of Belmont Street School and monthly Blood Pressure Screening Clinics provided by UMass Memorial nurses.
RHF's Binnall House (managed by The Schochet Companies) in Gardner, MA, were treated to an informative session on fire safety and prevention by a Gardner Fire Department representative. Is this a periodic event? (Before Covid I believe these types of info sessions were planned on a somewhat regular basis, not necessarily for fire safety but other informational/learning sessions, etc.) Possible to get some other examples?
Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) held a workshop at The Schochet Companies Mason Place on managing conflict effectively as part of the MassHousing Tenant Assistance Program. CDSC Executive Director Gail Packer & mediator Helen Liu presented the interactive workshop in Mandarin, Cantonese and English so residents could understand different conflict styles, dispel myths, identify strategies, deal with conflict & move towards building a positive community.
Residents of RHF's Binnall House (managed by The Schochet Companies) in Gardner, MA, recently attended an informative session on detecting, preventing & treating diabetes from a Gardner Rehab specialist. The risk for diabetes increases with age, impacting approximately 25% of adults over the age of 60. Was this a one-time thing? (same as above, information sessions, if available, were scheduled for residents periodically). I can reach out for more information as well. That would be very helpful
Each month, Students-of-the-Month at Worcester, MA, Belmont School are rewarded with a visit to residents at RHF's Seabury Heights, managed by The Schochet Companies, enjoying snacks and attention as they collaborate on craft projects. Last month’s Valentine’s Day activities won acclamation by one student as "the best day I had ever had".
Residents at Seabury Heights (an RHF property managed by the Schochet Companies in Worcester, MA) produced gorgeous works of art and had fun at the canvas painting offered as part of the MassHousing Tenant Assistance Program, which offers cultural and educational activities.