Minuteman Senior Services honors founding member

May 15, 2008

Bedford Minuteman

Burlington, MA. – 

Nearly 35 years ago, Harvard Resident Mary Welch and other advocates like her set out to change the future for older adults in Massachusetts.

Their efforts resulted in a network of home care agencies that now provide an alternative to nursing home care for those with long-term care needs.

Welch was a founder of Minuteman Home Care, now Minuteman Senior Services, and was recently honored for her efforts at a surprise ceremony at her current residence, Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford./p>

She served on the Minuteman Home Care Board of Directors from 1975-1980. After moving to Carleton-Willard Village, she continued her advocacy role as an active member of the Residents’ Association, serving first as secretary and as pResident since 2006./p>

Minuteman’s Executive Director Joan Butler spoke of her commitment and generosity, and current board members Harry McCabe of Arlington (also a founding member) and Irving Rothman of Lexington also said a few words about her ethic of service. Welch’s daughter and granddaughters also attended the ceremony.

Burlington-based Minuteman Senior Services provides free information and referral and many other services to elders, disabled adults and caregivers in 16 communities north and west of Boston.