The partnership also serves as an added incentive for CWRU alumni and other older adults to choose Judson when shopping for a retirement community. In fact, CWRU alumni, faculty and staff can receive a $10,000 discount towards an independent living entry fee and relocation package to either Judson Park or Judson Manor.
Dr. Peter Pesch, a retired professor of astronomy, and his wife, Donna, took advantage of the discount and have reserved a renovated apartment on Judson Manor’s 11th floor . But well beyond the discount the Pesch’s are excited about joining the Judson community.
“There are many interesting and friendly people living here,” says Peter. “We felt comfortable immediately when we first visited, and that’s important when you’re joining a community.”
Given Judson’s walking-distance proximity to the University, it’s a great opportunity for alumni who want to strengthen or re-establish ties with their alma mater and the vibrant University Circle area.
Peter looks forward to walking to his regular volunteer gigs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Both he and Donna do data entry work for the Museum’s vertebrate zoology department, and on weekends Peter teaches 30-minute classes for children through its Wildlife Resource Center. “I bring out birds of prey, mammals and snakes. It’s fun, the kids love it and it keeps me connected to teaching.”
Donna is looking forward to volunteer opportunities at Judson Manor, like getting involved in the various resident committees that make things happen around the building. She’s an avid card player, but has never played bridge, so she’s looking forward to learning.
“There is always something new to learn,” says Judson Manor resident Virginia “Ginnie” Havens, who has already audited nearly 10 courses at the University. “With all of this learning, I’ll never grow old!”
“You can become part of the University just by living at Judson,” says Judson Park resident Pat Kilpatrick, a CWRU alumna and longtime faculty member and administrator. “It gives us a chance to spend time on campus and enjoy it while having some solid opportunities.”
“It’s a great step forward,” she says, adding that it’s a perfect pairing. “The residents here at Judson are very intelligent and interested in what is going on at the University.”
A big part of the partnership agreement is that all Judson residents are eligible to receive a Case Community Card. With this card, residents receive special benefits, including access to University facilities, advanced notifications about University programs and special events, as well as the opportunity to obtain special discounts at select campus retail establishments.
Benefit highlights of the Case Community Card program:
Access to utilize CWRU facilities:
Annual CWRU Special events and programs (some require additional fees):