On Thursday, May 22, 2014 The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) honored Jennings Center for Older Adults with the Excellence in Quality Senior Living Award. The award was presented at OCCH’s Partner Luncheon at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
The OCCH Partner Luncheon highlighted the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing in Ohio as well as celebrated its organization’s 25th anniversary. Selected from other nominees, Jennings was acknowledged for its dedication to “wellness, prevention and active aging” as well as empowering “low-to-moderate income seniors to remain in a residential, community-based setting through a network of services and supports” that are available through its continuum of care campus.
Tony DiBlasi, OCCH Chief of Asset Management, said of Jennings, “Through community partnerships and in coordination with campus departments, Jennings delivers a truly remarkable and impressive list of services to its residents. They offer a service coordinator, a social worker, an advanced practice nurse, a hospital liaison, and an active volunteer network to help individuals manage chronic illness and address health issues before they turn into a crisis.
“The comprehensive nature of the services offered on their campus is truly inspiring and was largely attributable to the remarkable vision of their long-term (CEO), Martha Kutik. Martha, … OCCH and the entire affordable housing industry thanks you for inspiring us with your tremendous vision and leadership over the past 25 years. In recognition of their vision and leadership within the affordable housing industry, delivering comprehensive services for their residents and for inspiring us with the quality and scope of their programming, please join me in congratulating Martha Kutik and Jennings Center for Older Adults as recipient of our 2014 Excellence in Quality Senior Living award.”
Members of the Jennings staff traveled to Columbus to be recognized for living Jennings’ values and supporting older adults in living and aging successfully. Jennings’ CEO Martha M. Kutik thanked OCCH for recognizing Jennings and thanked Jennings staff members for their work in supporting individuals to live successfully. “Affordable housing linked with a robust array of supportive services is a major focus for our mission now and into the future,” said Ms. Kutik. “We look forward to a bright future for all of us as we age, in part because of the work of everyone in this room!”
Jennings Center for Older Adults is a leading non-profit provider of a Catholic-based continuum of care for older adults of all faiths, including supportive independent living at market rate as well as low-to-moderate income levels. Celebrating more than 70 years of service, Jennings is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and specializes in holistic approach to eldercare. Jennings offers long-term care, apartments, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and adult day services. Augmented by intergenerational activities, innovative programs and Catholic mission, the Jennings campus continues to evolve to meet the needs of seniors and the community.
The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, Ohio. Originally created by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 1989, OCCH is now an independent nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Its mission is “to cause the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing in Ohio.” OCCH’s core activity is raising private capital from corporations for investment in affordable housing developments utilizing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. As a “syndicator” of these tax credit transactions, OCCH performs long-term asset management and related activities for its investors, developers, and property managers. OCCH has raised and invested over $2.75 billion in private capital in 625 projects with over 32,000 units of affordable housing.