The success of Simon C. Fireman Community lies in its stimulating, supportive environment. Residents organize social, educational and recreational activities, cultural events, and holiday celebrations. An active Seniors' Association, as well as informal networks among neighbors and friends, fosters a sense of community.
Professionally trained instructors conduct classes in the fitness center, as well as painting and drawing activities in the art studio. Special interest groups include a chorus, an annual lecture series, a membership Congregation, and Compu-Trills, the popular computer club affiliated with the onsite, state-of-the-art computer learning center. Volunteers are happy to train peers in the latest information technology.
Staff members also monitor the building 24 hours a day and respond to mechanical and medical emergencies. Residents needing part-time nursing, home health aide service, occupational, speech or physical therapy, counseling, or homemaking services may make arrangements through the network of care offered by Hebrew SeniorLife or other regional agencies.
The Fitness Center is a gorgeous, glass-enclosed space that is just two years old. Our facility is brimming with wonderful equipment and a pastoral view of a courtyard filled with trees, a winding walking path, scampering squirrels, and a bird feeder that attracts brilliant cardinals and bright bluejays.
Supervised exercise programming with an exercise physiologist
Our fitness program offers supervised exercise programming with an exercise physiologist. The programming stems from research conducted at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale in collaboration with Harvard and Tufts Universities over the last 20 years and is specifically geared for the senior population. Our equipment includes two NuStep machines, a recumbent bicycle, a treadmill, and five Keiser compressed air strength machines for a full body workout.
A variety of activities and an assortment of equipment
Balance and flexibility are incorporated into our resistance training programs using balance pads and agility floor ladders. Additionally, the Fitness Center has a large assortment of free weights, including barbells and ankle weights, in addition to a collection of stability balls for resident use. A weekly Tai Chi class provides for a variety of activity.
Our Library -- A hub of activity
The Sarah E. Trilling Cohen Library is a hub of activity for the residents of Simon C. Fireman Community. It is well stocked with a variety of books, newspapers and magazines, with a large selection of books available in large print. The Library is staffed by resident volunteers always willing and able to recommend a book. The Library is not only a wonderful place to choose a book or read the newspaper, but also to socialize with neighbors.
Classes for the experienced and unexperienced
Art Studio classes are taught by our own resident artist Esther Perlman-Kane. Esther teaches residents who have no little to no experience to those who are quite accomplished. The various levels of talent are supported by Esther as she encourages each resident to follow his/her own way of expression.
Finished art work is displayed
Most work is done with watercolor pencils and paint, and the result is a wonderful variety of art work. Great care is taken to hang the finished art work, which results in exclamations of delight by visitors.
Groceries & Goodies (G&G)
Our in-house store, Groceries & Goodies (G&G), is located just off the main lobby at Simon C. Fireman Community. Staffed by resident volunteers, it is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The G&G is stocked with a wide variety of items that are reasonably priced for residents and visitors, including:
- dairy products
- ice cream novelties
- juices & sodas
- canned goods
- paper goods
- greeting cards
and much, much more!
Computer Learning - Moving into the age of computers
Simon C. Fireman Community installed its first two computers in 1997 and they posed a somewhat daunting challenge to the residents. Slowly, however, with the help of volunteer tutors and knowledgeable neighbors, residents began their voyage into a new and delightful world.
Computer Learning Center (CLC) is created
Since 1997, many people who are computer-savvy have moved in to Simon C. Fireman Community and the Computer Learning Center (CLC) has moved from its original home in the Library to its own quarters.
Ways of enjoying our CLC
Now, with four computers, residents visit the CLC to send and receive e-mail, read newspapers, play challenging computer games, surf the "net," research many subjects that interest them, pay bills, renew drivers' licenses, and write letters.
The learning process is continuous
There is usually someone in the computer area to assist other residents when a question arises so that the teaching and learning process is continuous. With computers available to us, the world has become an open book and made available to all.
Trilling Trimmer - Full-service salon
The Trilling Trimmer is a full-service salon open Tuesday - Friday to all residents of Simon C. Fireman Community. Carol and Lola have been beauticians for more than 30 years and have worked at the Trilling Trimmer for the past 7 years. Our manicurist, Janis, has been with the Trilling Trimmer for the past year and is available every other Wednesday.
- shampoo and haircuts (men and women)
- color and set
The Seniors Association of Simon C. Fireman Community is a membership organization with elected officers and a board of directors. The purpose of the Seniors Association is to plan and provide programs and activities for the recreational, cultural and spiritual enrichment of all residents.
The Seniors Association financially supports the Sarah E. Trilling Cohen Library, the Fireman Gazette, bingo nights, Art Studio, Knitting Club, Yiddish Club, bus trips, Current Events Club, choral group, and entertainment, in addition to the annual anniversary and installation parties.
Working as a group to give back to the local community, the Seniors Assocation gives donations to the Randolph Fire Department, Randolph Police Department, and local elder service organizations. This support is made possible through nominal dues that are collected annually from every resident, in addition to several fundraisers throughout the year.
Congregation Beth Trilling
As members of Congregation Beth Trilling at Simon C. Fireman Community, our goal is to assist in creating a community where the qualities of caring, friendship and spiritual enrichment are fostered through planning and providing Jewish programs.
We are gratified to be able to offer Sabbath services and Jewish holiday celebrations. We lead the community in special prayers on behalf of its members. These include the Mishebayrach prayers said for all who are ill and the Yahrzeit and El Moleh prayers chanted on the anniversary of the death of a loved one.
We are also pleased to honor members by preparing a special Oneg Shabbat for particular occasions like wedding anniversaries and births of new grand and great grandchildren. At your request, we promptly send cards to friends and loved ones for any occasion be it joyous or sad or to cheer someone recovering from illness.
Please join us each Friday evening at sabbath services and learn what we have to offer with prayers, good fellowship, and camaraderie.