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About the AWWA

Armenian Women’s Welfare Associaton

The Armenian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 100 years.

We are dedicated to serving elders and others both here and abroad through the sponsorship of direct-care elder service programs.

AWWA’s Vision

The AWWA believes that honoring elders is at the very foundation of great family and great community.

Drawing on the rich history, generosity of spirit and work ethic of the Armenian community, we aim to ensure the good health and well-being of all Armenian elders and others, wherever they may be.

Leadership

Board of Directors: AWWA & ANRC

Scott Ariel

Scott Ariel

Chief Executive Officer

Martha Mensoian

Martha Mensoian

President

Seta Nersessian

Seta Nersessian

Vice President

   

Lynne Janjigian Nee

Lynne Janjigian Nee

Treasurer

Talene Tarvezian Choly

Talene Tarvezian Choly

Clerk

Susan Deranian

Susan Deranian

Director

Margaret Kiladjian

Margaret Kiladjian

Director

Our History

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AWWA

The Armenian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) was established in Boston in 1915 by ten service minded, first generation Armenian-American women. 

Originally named the Armenian Patriotic Society, it addressed the needs of immigrants, and the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, providing food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance.

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Eldercare Focus

As early as 1930, the AWWA recognized the special needs of the elderly, many of whom were living alone, and considered providing:

A warm and comfortable place
where the elderly would be cared for.

  • By 1947, eldercare was provided on the present-day site in Jamaica Plain through the acquisition of a 3-story wood-frame house known then as the Armenian Home for the Aged, allowing for the care of 20 elders.
  • In 1959 to address a growing waiting list of elders with advancing care needs, the AWWA built the Armenian Nursing Home, allowing for the care of 60 elders.

Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (ANRC)

  • In 1979, the AWWA expanded the Armenian Nursing Home to its present bed compliment of 83 beds.
  • In 1996, with the added programmatic focus on short-term rehabilitation, the name wass changed to the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

International Programs

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The Hanganak Elder Clinic

  • In 2004, the AWWA made the decision to further expand its elder services, this time in Armenia.
  • Working with Gohar Hovhannisyan, MD, MPH and her team, the AWWA sponsors the Hanganak Elder Clinic in Stepanakert, Artsakh.
  • In this way, the AWWA ensures medical care, food provisions, social support and heating assistance for over 300 elder women and men who are living alone in Stepanakert, Artsakh.
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Second Elder Clinic

  • In 2019, the AWWA expanded their Elder Clinic sponsorship to a second clinic site this time in Askeran, Artsakh.
  • This site advances the support to an additional 50 isolated elders with medical care, food provisions, social support, and heating assistance.