The largest provider of senior services in the state, Springpoint Senior Living, also is one of the most civic minded, enriching communities by bringing together local arts and culture groups to develop programs utilizing the organization’s 27 campuses.

When Springpoint Senior Living turned 90 in 2006, it decided to look not only at services for its residents but also at what might be missing in the greater community’s senior population. The answer? Access to affordable, easy-to-access, local arts and cultural events.

"What that meant was there are plenty of great events, but seniors have difficulty with show times, transportation, access, seating options and expense," said Springpoint Foundation’s Senior Vice President Joseph T. Claffey. "Then when you talk to the arts community, their issues are a lack of display space for the visual arts, practice and show space for the performing arts, housing for artists, and test audiences. With campuses all over the state, we knew there were a lot of opportunities for collaboration with arts organizations."

Springpoint now works with a number of New Jersey-based groups such as Opera New Jersey, McCarter Theater, Grounds For Sculpture, and the New Jersey State Senior Art Show to provide their visual and performing artists with transportation, room and board, food services, meeting space, and practice and performing space. In return, these organizations offer open rehearsals, shows, and performances for seniors.

"The arts needed some help to offset costs, such as free practice and performance space," Claffey explained. "And seniors needed a better way to enjoy the arts. It’s proven that access to the arts benefits us all mentally, physically, and spiritually. It’s a win-win."

A great example is the McCarter Theater "Driven to Excellence" program. The event package includes pick-up at multiple departure points in an A-1 Luxury Coach, drop off right in front of McCarter, and great seats for the theater series. Another is the Opera New Jersey winter show: Springpoint provides room and board in trade for access to open rehearsals and a final show on-site. Still another brings interested seniors during the weekdays to Grounds For Sculpture, which is easy to navigate, in part, because it’s entirely free of steps. This fits the bill for seniors and keeps the Grounds busy during a traditionally slow time.

"All these programs are funded by donations from individuals, families, corporations, and foundations," Claffey added.

In addition to arts and culture, the Springpoint Foundation’s community enrichment programs include a workforce development and internship program, volunteer and outreach opportunities, and education and senior resources programs. It also enhances residents’ lives with spiritual care programs, transportation services, supplemental medical care such as occupation and physical therapy, and financial assistance for qualified residents.

To learn more about all Springpoint Senior Living has to offer and any of its communities visit www.springpointsl.org, or call 800-222-0609. For more information about Springpoint Foundation visit www.springpointenrichment .org, or call 888-990-2919.

Springpoint Foundation. 13 Roszel Road, Princeton. 888-990-2919. foundation@springpointsl.org. www.SpringpointEnrichment.org

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