Armenian Cultural & Educational Center
47 Nichols Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472

March 17, 2005

Contact: Hilda Avedissian
[email protected]


WATERTOWN, MA-The Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC)
recently donated $1,200 to the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation
Home (ANRH) of Jamaica Plain as a gesture of appreciation for the
service that the Home provides to the Armenian elderly.

ACEC Board representative Aram Aslanian and ACEC Bingo Manager Seda
Garabedian presented ANRH a check the annual Bingo Appreciation Dinner
held at Donohue Restaurant, Watertown, MA on Sunday, February 20,

Receiving the contribution on behalf of ANRH were Joanne Janjigian and
Janet Jeghelian, President and Board member, respectively, of the
Armenian Women's Welfare Association, which founded the Home.

The donated funds were from revenue generated by the ACEC's weekly
Bingo, which also assists in funding the day-to-day operation of the
ACEC. Bingo has been successful in recent years due mainly to the
efforts of Bingo Manager Ms. Seda Garabedian, long time Bingo
treasurer Mr. Charles Aslanian --and the tireless work of a dedicated
group of volunteers.

"The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Home is an important
institution of our community, and deserve the undivided attention and
support of all of us," stated Aslanian.

"The home has been instrumental in ensuring that our elderly,
including Armenian Genocide survivors, are being properly cared for
during the twilight years of their lives. With this token donation, we
are restating our mission to serve the various needs of our
community," concluded Aslanian.

Contacted by phone, Ms. Karla Fleming, director of ANRH, said the
donated funds "will be used to fund trips, twice a month, for the
residents to attend local church bazaars, and cultural events."

Ms. Tana Onanian, President, Board of Directors, Armenian Women's
Welfare Association, Inc. said that "the Nursing home is in dire need
of rehabilitation, and plans to renovate the facility will be
addressed soon".

AWWA founded the first Home for the Aged in Jamaica Plain in 1948, 14
years after it had begun the pursuit of that goal. In 1960, AWWA built
the Armenian Nursing Home, a full-care nursing facility, on the same
property. The home began providing rehabilitative care in response to
the needs of the community and was renamed the Armenian Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in 1996. The home provides services to 83
elderly, including 3 survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Cultural and Educational Center, is a 501(c) (3)
tax-exempt charitable organization, located at 47 Nichols Avenue in
Watertown, and has promoted the Armenian cultural heritage since
1981. ACEC is home to St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary, Saturday, and
Sunday schools and a host of community-based organizations, including
the Armenian Relief Society's Cambridge and Watertown chapters, the
Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Association of Greater Boston,
Armenian Youth Federation, Homenetmen Armenian athletic and scout
organization, and Armenian National Committee of Eastern
Massachusetts. "