A home away from home nestled in the village
Last Wednesday night's House at 807 dinner menu included stuffed shells and red Swiss chard salad. Residents also had ice cream sundaes with peanut butter crunch for dessert.
Although it maintains such amenities as home-cooked lunch and dinner every day and full utilities, it's not a hotel, it's a "home away from home," according to some of the residents who have been there for more than one year.
It's comfortable, it's safe and it was the most affordable, said Lois S. (last name withheld for privacy) about the House at 807, located at 807 Oswego Road in the village of Liverpool.
"I can maintain my dignity here and have as much independence as I can handle," Lois said.
The Liverpool Village Housing Authority, a non-profit entity, was established in 1988 after a survey indicated a lack of alternative senior housing in the area.
The Authority's mission was to address the local seniors' desire to remain independent and live in the village near amenities such as shopping, banking, museums and parks.
House at 807 was originally home to the Gleason family in the 1800s and known as the Gleason Mansion. However, the home was purchased by the Authority in 1994, renovated and opened in 1997.
The house currently has seven residents and can have up to eight residents at full capacity. Each resident has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with one other fellow resident.
The 13-year-old senior residence has a live-in house manager, Deb Sacco, who is accompanied by two chefs, Jackie Colasanti and Mary Calapreco.
Residents are only responsible for breakfast and daily self-serve snacks. Other services and amenities include a family-style kitchen, living room with fireplace, all utilities, cable TV access in each bedroom, a house telephone, sprinklers throughout the house and laundry facilities.