Island Elderly Housing

Island Elderly Housing Hosts Art Show

The Island Elderly Housing will hold an art show fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon to 6 p.m.

A Place For Us: Growing Older, Better

Beth Kehoe, a lively 86 year old, lives in the Oak Bluffs house built by her late husband. She relies on a variety of local services to assist her each day, from Meals on Wheels lunches to the Vineyard Village volunteers who bring her grocery shopping and to the YMCA, where she swims laps in the pool. Her backstroke is the envy of far younger swimmers.

Raising Voices, Funds for Elderly Housing

Seated on the armrest of a couch in her grandparents’ Edgartown parlor room, Caroline Miskovsky straps a guitar around her back and positions her left hand, lightly manicured, on its neck. She begins to play a song she calls Detour in a full, melodic voice. The song is about a love story that’s taken a wrong turn.

David Crohan Performs at Old Whaling Church

Pianist David Crohan will share the stage with summer resident Caroline Sky as they perform a concert to benefit the Island Elderly Housing’s Quality of Life programs on Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is at the Old Whaling Church on Main street in Edgartown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a meet-the-artist reception will follow the performance.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and $15 for students ages 18 and under. They can be purchased at, daRosa’s, Alley’s General Store, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and Edgartown Books.

YMCA Kids Help Brighten Elders' Days and Vice Versa

The community center at Woodside Village is a comfortable place with a decorated tree in one corner and a wall of drawings. “You are my BFF,” reads one.

The drawings are created by children in the afterschool programs at the YMCA who visit Woodside once a week as part of the Island Elderly Housing Bridging program, the brainchild of Blueberry Van driver Kevin McFarland.

“It’s a long walk,” said kindergartner Kamari Clements of the journey from the Y to the community center next door.

United Way Grants

The Vineyard Health Care Access Program and Island Elderly Housing, Inc. have been named recipients of Cape and Islands United Way community investment grants. A total of $600,000 has been allocated to 35 local programs on the Cape and Islands that serve the needs of children, families and aging and vulnerable populations. The Vineyard Health Care Access Program provides medication assistance to Island residents. Island Elderly housing sponsors a community dinner program.
Ann Wallace

Housing and a Whole Lot More: Elderly Venture Proves Success

For 30 years it has been the Island’s best-kept secret.

And today Island Elderly Housing (IEH) also remains one of the Island’s best success stories, thanks in part to the original founders, Margaret Love, Marguerite Bergstrom and Carol Lashnits, who had a strong and far-sighted vision of what was needed for not only the elder citizens of the Vineyard, but for its disabled population as well.

Senior Moment: Elderly Housing Ready to Open Three Buildings

A quarter century ago, an elderly woman lived in an unwinterized house on Lambert's Cove Road with no running water and no car. Every day, she walked into town for water. In the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs, many seniors confined themselves to one room in the winter because their uninsulated homes were too expensive to heat. Countless more Island elders were doing the Vineyard shuffle along with the young people, moving twice a year between summer and winter rentals.