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Marian’s House to Provide Support for Individuals with Memory Loss

Farash Foundation Press Release

The Farash Foundation has made a grant of $550,000 to the Jewish Home Foundation for the development of a special setting in the Town of Brighton for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. The house will be named “Marian’s House” in honor and memory of Marian M. Farash.

The $550,000 gift is the first major gift to the Jewish community from the Farash Foundation since it received the full assets of Max Farash’s business interests earlier this year and largely completes the Foundation’s giving program for 2011.

Marian’s House will be a retreat offering meals, activities, personal care, and ample space for specialized programming for those with memory loss. It will be an intimate, residential-style environment with an open, light design inside and out, containing all of the elements of home that make people feel comfortable and welcome. Staff and volunteers will provide customized activities and care for up to ten participants. Marian’s House will also be a resource for caregivers, offering meeting space, support groups and reference materials.

"We are passionate about serving the needs of those with memory loss and providing emotional support to their caregivers,” says Daniel Katz, President & CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “This donation from the Farash Foundation is a wonderful and generous gift that helps us immensely in making this asset to the community a reality. Marian’s House will be unique and very special, just like its namesake.”

“Both Max and Marian would have wanted everything about this new home to be just right for the individuals it cares for,” said Nathan J. Robfogel, chair of the Farash Foundation Board of Trustees. “I am glad to know that the staff of Jewish Senior Life, the architectural firm Perkins Eastman, and advisors from the Alzheimer’s Association are doing everything possible to have Marian’s House provide the optimal environment for its clients. They would have insisted on the best of care.”

 “We are delighted to make this gift to the Jewish Home Foundation to help establish Marian’s House, which will be a valuable new resource in Rochester,” said Hollis S. Budd, the Farash Foundation’s executive director. “Marian would be deeply honored to know that this new home carries her name.” Budd added that Alzheimer’s disease research and patient care were significant charitable interests of the Farash family and “it is fitting that one of the foundation’s first major gifts goes toward this purpose.”

The Jewish Home Foundation (www.jewishhomefoundation.org) has established a fundraising goal of $1.1 million for the project and to date has raised 60 percent of the funds.

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