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Helen Bader Center Set for CBRF Renovation

Committed to providing residents with a full continuum of care options, Ovation Communities staff prides itself on clinical excellence and offering the best care possible. To further extend that continuum of care, Ovation Communities will be opening a Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) in the summer of 2022. The Helen Bader Center, on second floor of the Jewish Home, will be transformed to take care of 16 adults facing memory issues.

“We have an opportunity to introduce a service to the community that we previously haven’t had — an assisted living environment for those living with Alzheimer’s,” said Michael Sattell, Ovation Communities President and CEO. “The CBRF allows us to honor and elevate the memory and vision of Helen Bader.”

A substantial rebuild of the Helen Bader Center will feature enlarged community spaces, larger apartments, new bathrooms, and a new solarium overlooking Prospect Avenue. Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios, construction is set to last throughout the winter of 2022.

“By providing an outstanding environment, and reintroducing Monya’s Rooftop Patio Garden that overlooks Lake Michigan, the new CBRF will allow our loved ones living with Alzheimer’s to experience sensory stimulation in the arts, music, and other programming,” Sattell said.

Generous Art Donation

In addition to enhanced programming and functionality of the space, a generous donation of fine art from the estate of Rita Seitner will be adding to the overall beauty of the CBRF.

“Rita Seitner was a remarkable woman, entrepreneur, and collector of fine art,” said Tanya Mazor-Posner, Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation Vice President of Development. “She loved art made by Jewish artists. In the collection there are pieces by Itzchak Tarkay and Bracha Guy. “Rita’s parents were residents of Ovation Communities, and one of her desires was to one day move into Chai Point. Unfortunately, she never had the opportunity,” Mazor-Posner continued.

For a short time, Rita was a rehab patient at the Jewish Home and saw first-hand the care and compassion staff have for residents.

“Rita had a deep passion and cared so much about our mission and caring for members of the community,” Mazor-Posner said. “This gift is a beautiful gesture of love, and Rita’s way of fusing her home and her second home of Ovation.”

Thank You to our Golden Alliance Members

Ovation Communities hosted its annual Golden Alliance Dinner in August at Ovation Jewish Home’s Monya’s Garden, where members enjoyed an elegant evening and learned about new programs that are positively impacting the community with the help of Ovation’s donors.

This year’s dinner showcased Ovation’s new Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program, and featured guest speaker John Cruz, director of the GCD program at The New Jewish Home in New York, which is run as part of a workforce development initiative for underserved youth. At the Golden Alliance Dinner, completion certificates were presented to two students in attendance who participated in the GCD Summer Ambassador Program. Ovation is thankful for the Golden Alliance members who make aspirations like this possible. Golden Alliance Membership is an annual unrestricted giving program, vital to the ongoing operation of Ovation Communities, run through the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation. Since 1992, members of this special and important group have played a significant role in providing residents with the best facilities and care. A new donor wall listing the Golden Alliance members will soon be unveiled.


Thank you to everyone who attended The Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation’s In-Ovation Annual Luncheon event honoring the legacy of Helen Daniels Bader and the 25th Anniversary of Ovation’s Helen Bader Center.

Just a few among thousands of reasons why Ovation Communities is wonderful place to live and work. We have such a rich history of dedicated leadership and staff caring for phenomenal residents. Nita Corre’s ob”m has left an indelible legacy.

Thank you Julie Feldman for a touching and meaningful video production!

We are truly grateful to the vision of Helen Daniels Bader who paved an important path for older adults with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Thank you to Dan Bader, the trustees and staff at Bader Philanthropies for your generosity and fantastic partnership, we are forever grateful!

Thank you to Julie Feldman for producing a terrific video!