JCHAI currently operates three residential homes that are uniquely vibrant and full of life. Each is a beautiful, single house located in a pleasant and safe neighborhood–Elkins Park, Wynnewood or Northeast Philadelphia. Each spacious home accommodates six residents who have their own bedrooms.
Staffing consists of a live-in house supervisor, as well as rotating relief and weekend staff. Houses are supervised at all times except between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when our residents are typically involved in meaningful daytime activities outside the home.
Caring and compassionate staff members assist residents with daily living skills, including grooming, personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning, and ensuring their involvement in life enhancing activities. Staff also assists with conflict resolution, arranging transportation to activities, and providing encouragement and positive reinforcement. Each house incorporates a sense of Jewish identity, including weekly Shabbat dinners, participation in holiday activities, and maintaining a kosher environment.
JCHAI runs three homes–one each in Wynnewood, Elkins Park, and Northeast Philadelphia. Each one houses six residents who have their own bedrooms and are under staff supervision at all times, except from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The residents cooperate with each other in preparing meals and keeping the house clean. All houses are accessible to public transportation, which many residents use to go to work and social events.
Strauss/Actman House: This open, light-filled house is located just off City Avenue in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It is a contemporary dwelling, with bedrooms on the second floor and the lower level. It was the first of JCHAI’s homes and has recently added a beautiful garden that the residents tend and enjoy during many seasons.
Samuel Bernstein House: This large, stone house is located on Beech Avenue near Gratz College in Elkins Park. It is the original home of a well-known Philadelphia builder and boasts many striking architectural features, including artisan tile on the entry floor, beautiful moldings, and the original wood built-in bookcases in the library. The kitchen was recently remodeled.
Elaine Ominsky, Ph.D. House: Set well back from Welsh Road in Northeast Philadelphia, this spacious colonial home is the most recent JCHAI residence. It was built in the 1920s and features original wood moldings and paneling throughout. The kitchen is large and the home includes many other areas for communal events, It is the largest of the JCHAI homes, and the setting for many of JCHAI’s gatherings.
JCHAI provides services in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability and age.