Gloria Rose became intimately familiar with the compassion and loving attention that Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) staff provide when her mother, Eleanor Epstein, was a resident at HRC in Roslindale.
"The women who cared for my mother were my heroes," Gloria says. "They really enriched her life and brought her great joy." It was with this in mind that Gloria and her husband Bud made a gift in 2009 to name The Burton and Gloria Rose Career Development Program at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). Their donation provides scholarships to current HSL staff seeking advanced training to become a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. Many of the staff face obstacles to higher education, including family and child care responsibilities, finances, transportation and English as a second language. Thanks to the Roses’ generosity, HSL pays for scholarship recipients’ coursework and books, and compensates students for time spent in classes. Recipients commit to working as a nurse at HSL for at least two years after graduating, ensuring the quality of HSL's nursing staff and helping to address the increasing need for nurses as the baby boomer population ages.
"My mother was an elementary school teacher," Gloria recalls. "She spent evenings teaching English to immigrants at night school in Brooklyn. Her students were hard-working people looking to better their lives in America. Making a gift to Hebrew SeniorLife's career development program was the perfect way to honor my mother.