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7/30/2015 - TODAY: Mayor Finch Tours The Jewish Home Construction Site

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our seniors here in Bridgeport, and The Jewish Home will do just that. Jewish Senior Services have a long history of providing state-of-the- art facilities that will ensure our elderly are well cared for while also creating more jobs and services for our entire community.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHO: Mayor Finch, developers, and City Council members
  • WHAT: Tour and construction update at The Jewish Home, a new nursing home in Bridgeport.
  • WHERE: 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Bridgeport, Conn. (July 30, 2015) – Today, Mayor Bill Finch will join developers and City Council members on a tour of the construction site for The Jewish Home, a brand new nursing home set to open the spring of 2016.

The Mayor and officials will be given an update on the progress of building, whose frame was put in place at the beginning of this year. The project, led by Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield County (JSS), will take the place of the Jewish Community Center.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our seniors here in Bridgeport, and The Jewish Home will do just that,” said Mayor Finch. “Jewish Senior Services have a long history of providing state of the art facilities that will ensure our elderly are well cared for while also creating more jobs and services for our entire community.”

The facility will follow a new design called the “household model” that allows residents to feel  more at home with private bedrooms and bathrooms but a shared dining, living and patio space. When completed, the 372,000-square-foot building will contain 46 assisted-living units, 18 skilled nursing households with 14 private units, and two short-term rehabilitation households with 14 units and indoor and courtyard therapy centers.

“You could feel like you were home again—not in a long corridor with other patients, but in a home with a family,” said former JSS board member Bunny Kasper of the new layout. “Here you’re going somewhere to live again. Everything that’s positive about living in a home, we’re going to be providing.”

Andrew H. Banoff, president and CEO of JSS, says he hopes the campus will become a resource for the community as well as its senior residents. The campus is set to include an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, a 25-yard, four lane indoor swimming pool, a child care center and a kosher bistro. Banoff also noted that the facility will provide about 800 new jobs for the city.

Upon the completion of the new Jewish Home, JSS has agreed to sell its previous location in Fairfield to Sacred Heart University, which will most likely be used to solve their on-campus housing shortage.

The facility will be named the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus in honor of their donation to the project.