After 40 years of sharing the same campus but operating independently, The Jewish Home Tower, also known as The Jewish Tower or simply The Tower, has become part of the Jewish Home Life Communities senior care services. The boards of both nonprofit organizations voted Jan. 30 to approve the arrangement, which became official April 1.
The 200-apartment high-rise shares the same campus as The William Breman Jewish Home.
The Tower provides affordable housing to older adults with low to moderate incomes. Rent is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for those who meet the qualifications.
As part of Jewish HomeLife, The Tower will continue to offer both HUD-subsidized housing for low income seniors who qualify, as well as market-rate rent for adults ages 62 and older. The Tower will continue to operate as a nonprofit organization under the Jewish HomeLife umbrella.
Following the retirement of The Tower’s first and only executive director, Myron Golub, The Tower board of directors believed the new arrangement made sense given the objectives of the organization and the Jewish community. The board of Jewish HomeLife unanimously agreed to assume ownership and management, enabling the organization to expand its independent living footprint.
Lee Pratt, who has served as the Tower’s occupancy and compliance director, moved into the executive director role as of Jan. 1.
Jewish HomeLife Board Chair Deborah Maslia acknowledged that many in the community assumed The Tower had always been part of Jewish HomeLife. “There has often been a misconception that The William Breman Jewish Home managed The Tower, but it has been independently operated since it opened. For those of us who grew up in Atlanta, The Tower is as much a part of our tradition as The Home, and we have fond memories of visiting relatives over the last 40 years. We are excited to bring this wonderful community into our family.”
Jewish Tower Board Chair Stephen M. Berman, who is also a past chair of Jewish HomeLife, was actively involved when the original Tower board saw a need for a quality housing option for low- and moderate-income seniors. “Our founders had the foresight to locate on a campus where residents could get additional support if ever needed. Our proximity to The William Breman Jewish Home makes it a perfect option to age in place.”
One of the first orders of business after becoming part of Jewish HomeLife is examining the possibility of refurbishing the 40-year-old building.
Pratt is also looking forward to upcoming technology enhancements and additional upgrades that Jewish HomeLife can help provide for the residents. “History shows us that the larger the community, the tighter the support system. This coming together of our resources makes us all stronger.”
To learn more about The Jewish Tower, the public is invited to visit during the Resident Art Show this weekend. For more information, contact The Tower at 404-351-3536 or visit www.JewishHomeLife.org.