Dressed in their best, residents and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House in Pikesville celebrated the planned senior community’s 20th anniversary Wednesday evening.
The celebration began at 5 o’clock with hors d’oeuvres and alcohol-free “mocktails,” followed one hour later by speeches from those involved with Weinberg from the beginning and planned remarks from Toby Bussard, who was among Weinberg’s first residents in November 1994.
The community room was transformed into a casino, complete with blackjack, poker, roulette and craps tables. Residents and staff competed for prizes donated by local businesses.
Joan Allen, service coordinator for Weinberg House, which is run as a unit of Weinberg Senior Living, described the atmosphere in the building as “abuzz” prior to the celebration.
“The residents are so excited about it, because we’ve never done something as big as this,” she said. “There’s a lot of excitement in the air.”
Two decades ago, a lack of affordable housing that could meet the needs of Northwest Baltimore’s large elderly population spurred the planning and development of Weinberg House, according to Mitchell Posner, executive director of Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
“We wanted to provide permanent affordable housing with a support layer of services to help seniors age in place,” said Posner.
With 15 residential communities, including the flagship 116-unit Weinberg House, and a 16th building slated to open this winter, CHAI continues to lead the way in affordable elderly housing, he said. “Weinberg house was a kick-start to other projects CHAI does. The level of service we’re able to offer our residents is unparalleled, and that’s in large part due to the Weinberg Foundation and the backing of The Associated.”