Marshall Home Fund Receives Payment from Trust of Generous Donor

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund recently received the final payment from the Henry H. Drew Trust. This trust was originally written in 1930. Henry H. Drew was a Watertown resident. The 1930 Watertown directory lists him as a “gold refiner.” His will stated that any funds remaining in his estate after the death of his heirs was to be divided between the Watertown Home for Old Folks, now known as The Marshall Home Fund, and the Cambridge Home for the Aged, now known as Neville Place. This past year the managers of the remaining funds began a series of payments to the two named entities. The total amount received from the trust to each was $90,470.14, a truly outstanding gift thanks to the thoughtfully drawn estate of Mr. Drew. 

Perhaps Mr. Drew was grateful to the services provided to loved ones at each of the named facilities.

Panel of News Outlets, Non-Profits Will Discuss How to Reach Older Adults

Groups looking to reach older adults in Watertown can attend a panel discussion hosted by the Marshall Home Fund in late October. The group provided the following announcement:

The Marshall Home Fund, a community-based charitable foundation benefiting Watertown residents age 55 and older, is sponsoring a free workshop for non-profits interested in promoting their services and programs to our dynamic community of older adults and exploring the challenges of reaching those who are isolated. A panel of experts representing local news media and organizations that serve our older adults will include the Council on Aging, Perkins School for the Blind, Springwell, Watertown News, Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Tab, and the Watertown Housing Authority. They will exchange ideas, experiences, and insights to help non-profits increase their outreach to older adults. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct.

See the Age-Friendly Events Around Watertown in September

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Throughout September, Watertown’s older residents can attend a series of workshops on affordable housing; learn about services the Fire Department offers; visit the Farmer’s Market; and celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Brigham House. These events are supported in part by the Marshall Home Fund, a local foundation that gives grants to non-profit organizations to make Watertown an Age-Friendly Community. All the events are free and open to the public. See details below. Affordable Housing How-Tos.

Marshall Home Fund Will Present Grants to Dozens of Local Groups

The following information was provided by Marshall Home Fund:

Please join the Marshall Home Fund at its annual Program Grant Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 3:30-5:00 pm at the Watertown Public Library. The MHF will distribute a total of $75,000 to the following organizations for programs that will benefit Watertown’s older adults: Armenian Relief Society, Carroll Center, Lexington Chamber Music Center (for concerts in Watertown), Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, MetroWest Community Development, Mosesian Center for Arts, New Repertory Theater, Perkins School for the Blind, Project Literacy, Springwell, Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown Families Together, Watertown Farmer’s Market, Watertown Fire Department, Watertown Health Department, and Wayside Youth and Family Support. Established in 2005, the Marshall Home Fund is a nonprofit, community-based charitable foundation dedicated to serving Watertown’s older adult population. In addition to its annual program grant awards, MHF also provides financial assistance to older adults with emergency needs. These individuals must be referred to MHF by local agencies, town officials, or organizations.

Funds Available for Groups Working to Make Watertown a Place Where Older Adults Can Thrive

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund is encouraging public and non-profit organizations to submit innovative proposals to support Watertown’s efforts to be an Age-Friendly Community — a place where older adults can live, thrive, and contribute. While proposals addressing various topics are welcomed, the fund is particularly interested in projects addressing unmet needs in housing, transportation, and communication about services available to older people. The Request for Proposals will be available on February 8, 2019 and proposals will be due March 15. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Program Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the WSB Room in the Watertown Public Library and to visit To RSVP to the Information Session and for additional information, contact

Find Out About Hearing Loss at Event Hosted by Marshall Home Fund, Council on Aging

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund and the Watertown Council on Aging are sponsoring “Hearing Loss 101” — a free presentation for older adults and their service providers — on Friday, Nov. 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. Hearing loss is a huge issue, affecting approximately one third of 65- to 74-year-olds and one half of people 75 and older. Jonathan O’Dell, an acclaimed speaker who is Director of Communications and Technology Services of the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will provide information and answer questions about this important topic. Attendees will learn about the causes of hearing loss, its connection to dementia, and new tools that can make life easier, such as a hearing aid/ smart phone interface and visual smoke, carbon monoxide and doorbell alerts.

Marshall Home Fund Supports Age-Friendly Programs in Watertown This Month

The Marshall Home Fund provided the following information:

Watertown’s older residents will have numerous opportunities in September
to experience what it means to live in an age-friendly community, that is, a place that helps older adults remain in town, thrive and contribute. A number of grantees of the Marshall Home Fund — a local foundation — are offering programs this month that promote safe and affordable housing, respect and inclusion, and social engagement. Fire and Life Safety for Older Adults: Fun, informative classes sponsored by the Watertown Fire Department, at the Senior Center. Sept 6 & Sept 13. 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

Marshall Home Fund Presents Grants to Programs Helping Older Adults

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Watertown’s Marshall Home Fund held its annual grant award ceremony on May 15, providing nearly $70,000 to 13 local organizations that serve older adults. Though its grant making, MHF helps Watertown be an age friendly community, one where older residents can be healthy and productive. The World Health Organization and the AARP have established specific goals for a community seeking to be age friendly. The 2018 grantees of the Marshall Home Fund will
provide programs and services that address many of these goals, as summarized below. Direct health, mental health, and social services for vulnerable individuals: Springwell’s Elder Independence and Safety Fund ($7,000); Watertown Council on Aging’s Emergency Assistance Block Grant ($750); Wayside Youth and Family Support Network’s Annual Health Fair at the Housing Authority ($1,500); and Watertown Health Department’s Compassionate Connections VIII Program addressing challenges associated with severe clutter ($2,500).