Marie Esther awarded $225,000 Cummings Grant

by | Jun 12, 2023 | Awards, News

Marlborough nonprofit receives 3 years of funding from Cummings Foundation to help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, increase functional mobility, and enhance the quality of life for 90 Seniors.

Marlborough, May 26, 2023- Alliance Health at Marie Esther, a Senior Living Community, is one of 150 Local non profits that will share in $30 Million through Cummings Foundation’s Major Annual Grants Program. The Marlborough-based organization was selected from a total of 630 applicants during a competitive review process. Marie Esther will receive $225,000.00 over three years.

Alliance Health at Marie Esther is a pioneer in compassionate Senior Care, Rehabilitation and Rest Home Living. Their mission is to promote and provide safe, healthy, quality services and living environments for Women of all faiths, who can not care for themselves. The Non Profit Community is proud to offer the highest level of care in a comfortable and peaceful setting, as reflected by being Joint Commission accredited, and rated as 4 Stars by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“To be awarded this grant and these funds, our Resident’s lives will be forever changed.” states Director of Nursing, Laura Ryder.

Alliance Health at Marie Esther plans to utilize these funds to develop and install a 5000 square foot therapeutic patio and garden. This effort will be well worth the time and resources as it provides an opportunity for elderly residents to enjoy the serenity of a beautiful and peaceful outdoor space to participate in recreation, social engagements, and even receive treatment. For many it will provide an opportunity for residents to participate in things like gardening, light exercise, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk, all contributing towards improved physical health, mobility, and mental stimulation. Additionally, the outdoor space can encourage social interactions amongst residents, fostering a sense of community and combating loneliness which became more prevalent during the Public Health Emergency. Engaging in activities together and spending time in a vibrant outdoor environment can significantly improve their emotional well-being and sense of belonging. Community Representative Carly Ring said “In a Rest Home setting, emotional and social wellness is just as important as a Resident’s clinical care needs being met. For us to have access to the outside in such a beautiful way, after being inside for so long during the Covid Pandemic, this feels like the ultimate gift!”

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.

“The way the local nonprofit sector perseveres, steps up, and pivots to meet the shifting needs of the community is most impressive,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are incredibly grateful for these tireless efforts to support people in the community and to increase equity and access to opportunities.”

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 46 different cities and towns. Cummings Foundation has now awarded $480 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 1,500 previous recipients, is available at

About Alliance Health at Marie Esther
Alliance Health at Marie Esther is a long standing member of the Community providing Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Senior Living amenities to Women of the Marlborough area. The Non Profit Community traces its roots back to a time in which they served the area as a Convent, and in 1993 it transitioned into a Rest Home and Skilled Nursing Facility for the Sisters of St Anne. The organization underwent significant changes expanding their clinical footprint for the sick, and in 2019, Alliance Health was able to acquire the non profit Community. Alliance Health has maintained their commitment to this Community by completing a renovation for a brand new Rest Home Unit, with 12 new beds now available. The significant changes made will expand the Organization’s ability to service the area, and also demonstrates the organization’s dedication to providing a peaceful, comfortable and modern atmosphere for Senior members of the Community to live. For more information please see our website at:

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at

Contact: Tom Lavallee, Alliance Health & Human Services, 774-348-2002,
Contact: Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation, 781-932-7093,