On December 20th the ladies and staff of 4 York Road welcomed Newton’s Mayor-elect, Ruthanne Fuller, and her aide, Dana Hanson. Dana now holds the title of Newton’s Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion. Ruthanne was formally inaugurated as Mayor on January 1st. York Road represents a return to Newton for WCI and Mayor Fuller was very interested in meeting her new constituents, seeing their lovely home and learning more about WCI.
The home had been renovated for the women who moved on September 6th, 2017. They required a fully accessible home including not only ramps, but accessible bedrooms with widened doorways, accessible bathrooms and an open floor concept. The kitchen was also created to be accessible to the women for meal preparation and use of the appliances.
The home was beautifully decorated for the holidays and festive platters of food and drink were provided for the visitors. Patricia, Charlene and Sharon proudly showed everyone around their home. There were lots of questions for Mayor Fuller and stories were shared. Marie Alette, Support Coordinator; Marielene Joseph, Support Specialist and Juliet Ndagire, Assistant Coordinator facilitated the preparations as well as the conversations. Nancy Silver Hargreaves, CEO, Joe Donati, VPO, Erich Shafer, Social Media Coordinator and Judy Nichols, HR Manager were also in attendance. Mayor Fuller has lots of ideas for making Newton an even better place to live and it’s very exciting that she and Dana were able to make the time to visit York Road.