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Cohen Deck Project

Cohen Deck Project

The Cohen Deck Project is a true community-inspired effort that combines social dining with the health benefits of being outside. The structure, on the community center’s east facing side, will overlook bucolic rolling fields, where people will enjoy breathtaking sunrises or experience the warmth of the mid-day sun while socializing during lunch. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2023 to be completed by spring 2024.

The $400,000 expected cost is being funded through a capital campaign and donations. Your support as a donor is welcomed and appreciated!

Construction will include shade canopies, landscaping, and a handicap accessible ramp. The completed project will add space for about 60 – 80 additional diners, increasing services offered at the center. Existing programs such as Adult Day, or special interest groups like the Cohen Knitting Club, will also be able to expand their programs to utilize the new space, engaging their participants while enjoying the health benefits of spending time outside.

Research shows outside time improves concentration and creativity, especially among older adults. According to a 2017 report from Elder Care Alliance, the act of being outside does more than just lift your spirits — it also provides a boost for physical and mental wellbeing. One study found a 20-percent improvement in attention span and memory after spending just one hour in a natural environment.

The Deck Project has the potential to drive capacity and increase awareness of Spectrum Generations as a community hub, while providing a plethora of health benefits. According to Spectrum Generation’s President and CEO, Gerard Queally,

“the Cohen Deck Project is a way to serve the community with dignity and respect, while providing something a bit nicer and upscale. The deck, as a meaningful gathering space, will be an incredible resource for our older community members and others to enjoy. We hope you will support our efforts to bring the Cohen Deck Project to life.”

Your support of Spectrum Generation’s programs and services is greatly appreciated! To contribute to the Cohen Community Center Deck Project, click here and designate your donation using the drop down box provided. Checks can be written to “Spectrum Generations” with “Cohen Deck Project” in the memo. Memorials, bequests and planned gifts are also graciously accepted toward the Cohen Deck Project.

For more information please contact: Lindsay MacDonald, Vice President of Community Engagement at lmacdonald@spectrumgenerations.org

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