This commitment to inclusiveness extends outside of Judson into the greater Northeast Ohio community, through the support of community programming and special events. Here are a few examples:
Judson is a proud community partner of Gay Games 9, which Cleveland is hosting August 9—16. This significant event will welcome 30,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight athletes from around the world, and will shine a particularly bright international spotlight on Northeast Ohio.
Residents appreciate Judson’s open and inclusive atmosphere, which is all about creating connections and community, learning from each other’s collective experience.
“We were warmly welcomed and affirmed here, making friends with some truly fascinating people,” says Bill and Mark Corcoran, who moved to Judson Manor in 2012. “We feel liberated and empowered at Judson Manor.”
Graduate students from the Cleveland Institute of Music have been living among Judson residents since 2010, providing cultural programming in exchange for complimentary housing.
More than a convenient living arrangement, the students and residents have built meaningful friendships that trump generational gaps. While students have shared their musical talents, residents have shared art lessons, cooking tips, career advice, and even relationship advice—two of the young women got engaged while living at Judson.
“They’ve put joy into our lives,” says Judson Manor resident Clara Catliota. “It’s the best thing that has happened to us.” Dr. Ann Roulet said the program was one of the reasons she chose to move to Judson Manor.
“It is a wonderful deal for us,” says violist Caitlin Lynch, who was one of the first two in the program. “The people here honestly and truly became my family. The residents are incredible.”
“Living there was a total blast,” says violinist Molly Werts. “What appealed to me at the start was the chance to perform. We were eager to play as often as we could – from full recitals to casual impromptu performances.”
Judson’s award-winning health and wellness programs have been open to the community for over 20 years. Professionally trained and certified fitness instructors continue to inspire wellness success among participants.
For example, South Franklin Circle wellness member Bill Cloninger lost 100 pounds with a rigorous training program designed for him by the wellness staff so that he could qualify to participate in the National Senior Games, hosted in Cleveland in 2013.
“I wouldn’t have been able to compete without them,” he says of the team at South Franklin Circle. “What a tremendous community resource they are. And what a great adventure.”.