Hebrew SeniorLife Receives State Job Training Grants

The funds will be used to provide training and placement services to prepare 105 unemployed and underemployed participants for CNA positions.

BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife, New England’s largest nonprofit provider of senior health care and living communities, and the only senior care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School, announced that it has received $500,000 as part of the 2021-2022 Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance. 

Hebrew SeniorLife will use the funds to provide a work-and-earn training and placement service to prepare 105 unemployed and underemployed participants for Certified Nursing Assistant positions. The organization will team with Sherrill House, Legacy Lifecare, The Boston Home, Boston Career Center, Downtown Boston Career Center, More Than Words and Immigrant and Family Services, Inc.

“These funds will help us train 105 people to go into new or better jobs as CNAs,” said Tammy Retalic, D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services, Hebrew SeniorLife. “We’ve been increasing our capacity to train and place CNAs in the community, filling an important need as the demand for caregivers continues to increase. We are grateful to the state for providing funds that will help people get necessary training to get new jobs that will in turn enable them to help others.”

The grant is part of a Workforce Skills Cabinet program to support additional capacity in ongoing sector-based employment programs that provide job training, placement, and retention services to unemployed and underemployed Massachusetts residents. In total, WSC provided $5.4 million in grants to 12 organizations, including Hebrew SeniorLife, to help train people in careers for which there are vacancies. The grant awards are named for the late Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, who was a steadfast champion of promoting workforce opportunities for people who might otherwise lack a pathway to economic stability.  

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 3,000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Our locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and trains more than 1,000 geriatric care providers each year. 

Hebrew SeniorLife was again named to the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work, and offers fulfilling career opportunities. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.