Weekly Feature



2012-05-23 / Business

Shaarey Zedek Apartments provides tenants with comfortable, family atmosphere

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


Judie Strickland is housing manager of Shaarey Zedek Apartments, a three-story senior independent living complex at 410 Hartford Road off Getzville Road near Sheridan Drive, Amherst. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak Judie Strickland is housing manager of Shaarey Zedek Apartments, a three-story senior independent living complex at 410 Hartford Road off Getzville Road near Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Photo by Jim Smerecak At Shaarey Zedek Apartments, residents are provided with living arrangements that allow them to be part of a community.

“There is a feeling you get when you walk in — it’s a feeling of family,” said Judie Strickland, Shaarey Zedek housing manager.

The three-story senior independent living complex at 410 Hartford Road off Getzville Road near Sheridan Drive, Amherst, has 59 apartments — 47 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units.

“Once a resident moves in, they really make the facility their home,” Strickland said.

She said the smoke-free apartments are rented to people who meet the financial guidelines and the age requirement of renters, which is at least 55 years old.

Strickland also said a member of the maintenance crew is always on call, while there are medical emergency alarms in each of the units. Shaarey Zedek also participates in the “I’m OK, You’re OK” Red Cross program.

“Residents put hang tags on their door each day to let us know everything is OK,” Strickland said.

Paul R. Campise, director of housing, said the comments and concerns of residents are also always taken into consideration.

The facility is sponsored by Shaarey Zedek Housing Development Organization Inc. and managed by Episcopal Housing Inc.

“We are a private, nonprofit community,” he said. “We are here for a purpose, but it’s for the residents.”

The complex features an on-site laundry facility and a community room with a full kitchen. Tenants are able to create their own social engagements or fitness classes for residents to use.

“We have town hall-style meetings once per month to help people with their concerns,” Strickland said.

All of the apartments have full carpeting in the living rooms and bedrooms, air conditioning and stove, refrigerator and garbage disposal.

The units are also all accessible for tenants with disabilities. On each floor there is a lounge area with libraries created by residents.

“The residents will actually bring in the books and let others use them whenever they want,” Strickland said.

Campise said residents can also plant flowers in the gardens surrounding the facility, as well as wash their vehicles in the lot. The facility also offers van transportation services for tenants who do not have access to a vehicle.

“We allow them to be as independent as possible and feel like they have a home here,” he said.

Strickland said the staff at Shaarey Zedek also develops a family-type relationship with the tenants as time passes.

“It really is like family here,” she said. “We are one of the best-kept secrets in Amherst.”

For more information about Shaarey Zedek Apartments, visit www.echahousing.com or call 834-3711. email: kdepriest@beenews.com

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