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Since 1972, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services has been guided by its mission statement to " [promote] the right of all individuals to live with dignity, in the setting of their choice by offering older people, younger people with disabilities, and caregivers the information, services and support needed to make choices which enhance health, well-being and independence." I spoke with SCES's Nathan Lamb, Director of Outreach and Community Relations, about how the agency follows through with its mission as well as what it's like to work for a company that does such important work. Nathan emphasized that innovation has been a large factor in the agency's ability to consistently provide quality service and to continuously find and fill aid gaps in the community. He cites Music & Memory, a program that helps dementia patients by using music as a form of therapy, providing playlists to trigger memory and improve quality of life. The SCES received Music & Memory accreditation in 2016 after securing a grant to launch the program. They bring the program directly to people in their own homes and train the family on how to use it, which is a much different method compared to other state organizations. Nathan has worked for Somerville Cambridge Elder Services for just over two years and really loves how important and meaningful the mission is to not only him, but to the rest of the staff as well. A recent internal survey of SCES employees found that there was unanimous agreement that the work the center does is meaningful. It was also interesting to note that the survey had high turnout and an overall employee high satisfaction percentage. Nathan expressed how important these findings were, since it meant that collaborative initiatives within the company are working. He also said decision-making at SCES is highly collaborative, with staff actively involved in key decisions about the organization's direction, such as the interviewing and selection of senior leaders of the organization. Another SCES staff member is Margarida Mendonca, the Community Relations Support Specialist for Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, who has been working for the agency since 1982, and can't stress enough how the business has supported her through the years. The ability to work from home and have flexible hours has allowed her to have a successful work-life balance. Margarida believes in the work that the SCES does, especially since the organization is always changing and growing, improving their programs and creating new ones that fill gaps in current community services. She jokes that she "needs to change [her] job description regularly." Margarida finds this an important aspect of her goal to improve and make services better. Somerville Cambridge Elder Services is located at 61 Medford Street in Somerville. Call them at 617-628-2601 for more information.

2017 Best Places to Work: Somerville Cambridge Elder Services  
2017 Best Places to Work: Somerville Cambridge Elder Services  
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