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Our History

Responding to Need for over 100 years

Group photoOur tradition of dedication and service is attributable to several generations of women who founded and sustain the Armenian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) a non-profit organization incorporated in 1934.

AWWA: 1915-2015

The success of the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a direct result of the efforts of the AWWA. Nine first-generation Armenian women who were passionately interested in the physical and social well-being of Armenian people founded The Home for the Aged in 1948 on 4 acres in Jamaica Plain.

As the needs of the Armenian elderly community changed, the AWWA built a 56-bed nursing home on the same property in 1960. In 1979, the facility was expanded to the 83-bed skilled nursing facility it remains today. And, to reflect the kind of care we provide today, in 1996 the name of the facility was changed to the Armenian Nursing & rehabilitation Center.

Photo of building for Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterThe AWWA continues its close involvement in and strong financial support of the Center to this day. Although the two organizations were separately incorporated in 2004, the Officers and Directors of the two entities are identical.

In 2014, ANRC completed a substantial building addition that included construction of a new, comprehensively equipped rehabilitation suite and expanded dining areas. In addition, every resident room was also updated with new cabinets and closets; a second elevator was installed; and major systems, including emergency power generation and fire suppressions systems were replaced.

In the spring of 2016, ANRC completed work on a newly expanded and furnished patio for the many outdoor activities that are planned each year.

The AWWA Board of Directors' involvement in the Center manifests itself everywhere in the Center. Our many building and landscape projects, as well as the high staffing levels we enjoy are attributable to their dedication and fundraising efforts. AWWA members also sponsor and attend functions at the center and make themselves available to staff, residents, and visitors. Although many of our residents are of Armenian heritage, we provide excellent, personalized care to residents of all ethnic backgrounds.