Rose Centers for Aging Well to Return Services to East Cleveland Seniors With Support From Third Federal Foundation

CLEVELAND, June 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- East Cleveland announced the closing of Helen S. Brown Senior Center on December 30, 2014. Less than two weeks later, the Rose Centers for Aging Well, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, stepped in to provide home-delivered meals to low-income homebound seniors who had relied on Helen S. Brown for meals.

Third Federal Foundation

Now Benjamin Rose and the Rose Centers are partnering with New Life Cathedral at 16200 Euclid Avenue to revitalize needed services and opportunities for engagement. New Life has offered its space for programming and hot lunch-time meals for East Cleveland seniors.

The Third Federal Foundation has joined the effort by pledging $25,000 to help defray the capital and operational costs to open the new center at New Life Cathedral. Renovations are currently underway.

The center, which will operate as a new site of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, is scheduled to open June 15.

”This is a natural fit with our mission of helping older adults remain independent in the community,” said Richard Browdie, President and CEO of Benjamin Rose. “It also provides opportunities to develop and hone new models of service delivery through senior centers.”

New Life Pastor Shawn Braxton Sr. added, “The members of New Life were moved to action when we heard that the senior center was closing. We are committed to meeting the needs of our community and we are excited to be working with the Rose Centers to restore services to the seniors in East Cleveland.”

“A large part of our mission is to support the communities we serve,” said Marc A. Stefanski, Chairman and CEO of Third Federal. “The Helen S. Brown Center was a vital resource to the seniors in the area, and we wanted to do our part to make sure they continue to receive the services they need in the neighborhood where they are at home.”

The 42-year-old Helen S. Brown Senior Center regularly served more than 250 East Cleveland seniors. With the newly renovated space and commitment from Benjamin Rose, the new Rose Center for Aging Well at New Life Cathedral hopes to grow the number of older adults served to 300-500.

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ( is a national leader pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. Since its beginnings more than 100 years ago, Benjamin Rose has built a Cleveland-based nonprofit into a nationally recognized research organization, a highly regarded service provider known for caring for people with complex, long-term needs, and a policy-driven advocate bringing information from around the country to the larger network of agencies serving older adults in the Greater Cleveland community. Through the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Benjamin Rose provides meals to homebound seniors and in neighborhood centers and offers social and educational programs to seniors in the community.

Third Federal Savings and Loan Association ( is a leading provider of savings and mortgage products, and operates under the values of love, trust, respect, a commitment to excellence and fun. Founded in Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and Gerome Stefanski, Third Federal’s mission is to help people achieve the dream of home ownership and financial security. It became part of a public company in 2007 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in May, 2013. Third Federal, which lends in 21 states and the District of Columbia, is dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and outstanding service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 21 full service branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and Southern Ohio, and 17 full service branches throughout Florida. As of March 31, 2015, the Company’s assets totaled $12.1 billion.

Contacts: Jeanne Hoban, Benjamin Rose, 216.373.1686, Dave Reavis, Third Federal, 216.429.5036,

Source: Third Federal Savings and Loan