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Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative Wins RBJ’s Health Care Heroes, for Health Care Innovation

On March 28, the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) team for ESLC won in the Health Care Innovation category for RBJ‘s Health Care Heroes. They are a shining example of assisting seniors in the Rochester area establish secure housing while providing service coordination and health and wellness programs to create the best opportunity for them to thrive. See the write-up below!


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ESLC News: Beatrice Place Nominates Barnard Fire Department for Excellence

Al Adaskin, a resident of Beatrice Place, nominated the  Barnard Fire District  for their excellence as first responders. See the news story from Channel 8 here:

GREECE, NY (WROC) — Assistant Chief Steve Dorgan with the Barnard Fire District says they have a fondness for a certain senior living community in Greece.

“We’ve had lunch, we’ve had dinner. They’re family,” he said.

At Episcopal SeniorLife’s Beatrice Place on Denise Road, a big part of what the crews do when not responding to emergencies is prevention and training with the residents.

“If we can get to somebody ahead of time and stop something from happening, or pick up on something…” said Dorgan.

Workshops like blood pressure clinics, fire safety, and others help keep the residents safe. Firefighter and paramedic PJ Doyle says going over there is “awesome.”

“The staff is very caring for the residents. We interact with them frequently,” said Doyle.

“They come in with smiles on their faces for every emergency you can imagine,” said Beatrice Place resident Al Adaskin.

From slips and falls to things on the more serious side, residents Al Adaskin said the folks at Barnard provide peace of mind.

“It’s just great to have people well-trained and well-versed in what we need,” said Adaskin.

Michelle Scipioni with Episcopal SeniorLife Communities says even during emergencies, seeing the fire teams is always a morale booster for the seniors and staff.

“We’re just very grateful,” she said.

Dorgan did add in addition to Episcopal Senior Life, they do these kinds of events and outreach with other communities and organizations throughout their area of responsibility in Greece.

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Bright Spot: Anne’s 100th Birthday Celebrations

Tuesday night’s Bright Spot from Channel 13 shines on parades, cakes, friends, and family. Check out the entire story here

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities hosted a parade outside Brentland Woods, and a party on the inside, in honor of one of its residents. Anne Licata is celebrating her 100th birthday this week. She worked at Bausch & Lomb most of her life before joining the payroll department at Allstate Insurance, until her retirement. She’s an avid reader and always on the look out for new books.

Licata said she truly appreciates the work that went into Tuesday’s party and those who gathered. “Family and friends, they mean a lot, and really what counts is your family and friends that you have everyday,” said Licata. Anne has one son, named Len, who described his mom as an “old school, 1950’s mom.”
“Great meals, a little over protective at times, but I wouldn’t take a minute of it back,” said Len. “She’s a wonderful woman and I love her with all my heart.”

A wonderful woman, and bright spot, whose advice for a long life is “take one day at a time!”

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Nursing Homes are in Financial Crisis: Our Seniors Deserve Better

As part of the Alliance for Senior Care in Rochester, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities partners with Friendly Senior Living, Jewish Senior Life, St. Ann’s Communities, St. John’s, Rochester Regional Nursing Homes and University of Rochester Medical Center Nursing Homes. The Alliance was recently published in the Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester Beacon with a guest opinion educating the public and urging New York State to make necessary changes in nursing homes in order to better serve seniors.

report from the Rochester Business Journal titled nursing homes are in a financial crisis our seniors deserve better

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1570 Gallery at Valley Manor Welcomes Sheridan Vincent

For about 20 years, Sheridan Vincent has concentrated his pursuit of photography in and around Rochester. We live in such a photogenic locale with magnificent trees, beautiful parks, an expansive lake shore, a dynamic riverfront, architectural splendor and, of course, the variety of the four seasons. He moved to Rochester in 1974 from Minnesota to pursue a career at Kodak. Vincent retired in 2005 and has enjoyed continuing in the photography industry as a full-time photographer. In this exhibit, he extended his portfolio of regional scenes of Rochester and parks with a combination of cityscapes and landscapes. Numerous night photographs depict the city as “enlightened and illuminated.”

He enjoys keeping up with the advancing capabilities in play today with cameras, software and media. His photographs can be produced in various sizes with media ranging from conventional frames, canvas, face-mounted acrylic and AluminArte. You can find Sheridan Vincent’s routine exhibits at Image City Photography Gallery, where he is a partner.

Sheridan Vincent

 Cell: 585.472.2005

For purchases or more information about this show, please get in touch with Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102 or

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My Sister’s Gallery Proudly Presents: Artists’ Breakfast Group 2022

ABG believes that artists can help each other to become better artists by sharing information and ideas in an open-minded way. Artists may be painters, musicians, writers, photographers, glass artists, sculptors, poets or any other kind of artist. There is no minimum skill level and experience required – new artists bring fresh ideas, while experienced artists bring proven skills. All are welcome to join!

Visit the website here.

To make a purchase from My Sister’s Gallery, contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 x3102 or

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Loren Ranaletta Named to RBJ’s Power 30 Health Care List

Current President/CEO of ESLC was named to the Rochester Business Journal’s Power 30 Health Care List. With 38 years of tenure with the organization, Loren offered insight into the current market trends, challenges in senior living and healthcare as well as advice to future leaders. Read his entire article here.

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My Sister’s Gallery welcomes, “Mé lange” A Photography Exhibit

Archie C. Curry and John Ejaife have their photography skills displayed at My Sister’s Gallery at the Episcopal Church Home. Archie Curry’s photography journey has been an evolutionary one. It began with a career at Eastman Kodak and developed further by joining the Kodak Park camera club. Over the years, his work has appeared in local art shows such as, churches, sororities, fraternities and school fundraisers. During his employment at the Rochester Urban League, he was the official photograph with his work being shown in their monthly newsletters.

John Ejaife is a retired surgeon, born in Nigeria who attended college in England and Scotland. He has lived in Rochester, NY since 1971. Mostly self-taught, John learned to hone his skills by joining the Camera Rochester photography club and Image City Photography Gallery critique group.  He has had many exhibits at Image City Gallery, Barnes and Noble and some local Nursing Homes. John does not have a specific genre, he believes that all things bright and beautiful, the Lord God made them all and has such are worth capturing.

To make purchases from My Sister’s Gallery at The Episcopal  Church Home, please contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102 or at


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1570 Gallery at Valley Manor Welcomes “Color Your Wold”

Genesee Valley Quilt Club (GVQC) is one of the oldest continually meeting quilt clubs in America.  The first meeting in January 1936 was sponsored by the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC).  The club started with only 11 members and has grown to 280 members today.  GVQC was organized by Mrs. Gladys Reid Holton who was curator of the History of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the 1930s, the club mission statement was to unite individual experience and thus be able to give inspiration to those who like to make better quilts.  The club motto “Help One Another” was the foundation on which today’s traditions were built.

“Help One Another” extends beyond the borders of the club as GVQC has a long history of community service.  During WWII quilts, toys and monetary donations were made to the British War Relief, the Red Cross, and the Russian War Relief.  Today, through its Love and Comfort Project, members extend a hand to those in need through donation of hundreds of quilts each year.

Besides helping others, the club has felt its most important activity is displaying quilts.  Since 1936, GVQC has hosted or participated in quilt exhibits.  Early displays were held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.  In recent years, the biennial Quilt Show has been held at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The mission of GVQC is to promote quilting through activities within the community and draws members from Finger Lakes, Central NY and Western NY regions.  Membership represents a wide range of quilting skills from beginner to advanced and all types of quilting and interests, including: traditional, contemporary, modern, hand and machine quilting.  A few members have been recognized in prestigious juried national quilt shows and all the members enjoy learning and sharing their love of quilting together.  New members are always welcome, learn more by visiting their website.


For purchases or more information about this show, please contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102.


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Mary Engels’ 101st Birthday Bash

13WHAM stopped out at Ashley Woods on 5/31 to cover the exciting festivities surrounding Mary Engels’ 101st Birthday Bash. First responders came to celebrate her with honks and cheers, and even gave her a fireman hat. Staff, family and loved ones gathered with a courtyard concert, refreshments and a specialty cake in Mary’s honor. Her several, stunning artwork pieces were displayed in the Cafe for all to appreciate. See the full story here.

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