Joyce and Stephen Schultz

Couple Invests in Quality of Life for Seniors

Of all the people Joyce and Stephen Schultz know who’ve lived in Hebrew SeniorLife communities—and there have been many—they’ve heard nothing but positive stories.

“My mother called Orchard Cove her ‘cruise on land’,” says Stephen. Joyce’s parents also lived there, and all three had meaningful lives in the community.

“The whole organization is extremely well-run.” says Joyce. “Stephen and I both think the world of Lou Woolf,” HSL’s President and CEO.

The Schultzes’ experiences with HSL and the knowledge that their gift would be used wisely were two of the factors that led them to recently make a donation that will support Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care, where Joyce is a member of the Hospice Visiting Committee. She also serves as an HSL Trustee.

The Schultzes hope to see HSL Hospice Care continue to grow, perhaps with a residential facility in the future. “We’ve been business people all our lives,” notes Stephen. “Whenever we made investments in our business life, it was always to add value. Similarly with our philanthropy, we look for an investment that will give a good return on the money. And certainly, in Hebrew SeniorLife it will.”

Joyce and Stephen, who have been married for 50 years, have worked hard to instill their values about philanthropy in their two sons, their wives and their four grandchildren. Stephen continues, “I think participation is a very important thing in philanthropy. If you participate as well as give, it can be even more meaningful than the dollars.”

Joyce says, “Especially now that we have grandchildren, we want to include them,” for example by bringing them to events. “Hopefully what they see now will be what they do someday.”