Making a difference in the community

Ellen Newman never imagined she'd live at a retirement community. She planned to stay in her Wyncote house forever—until she saw Ann's Choice.

Immediately, Ellen was impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the people. "Everybody said 'hello.' Everybody smiled," she recalls.

Shortly before moving, Ellen suffered a life-threatening heart attack. The experience motivated her to want to give back and help others. At Ann's Choice, she's found plenty of opportunities to make a difference.

Ellen volunteers at least 80 hours a month with organizations like the Jewish Residents Council and Blankets for LINUS, which donates blankets to children in need. She also started an SAT prep course for students who work in the Ann's Choice restaurants.

Similar SAT prep courses can cost upwards of $1,000, but Ellen charges only for the workbook. For her, helping others is the real reward.

Ellen Newman