Eve Lederhouse, executive director of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce presents an Economic Impact Award to Mary Leary, Mather LifeWays president and CEO, and Joe Zajdel, Mather LifeWays vice president of Business Development. The award, the first of its kind, recognizes Mather LifeWays for its many contributions to the City of Evanston including job creation, growth and facility expansion. Photo courtesy of Mather LifeWays

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The warmth of a nearly room-length fireplace and the quiet strings of a harp formed the background for guests at a Mather LifeWays’ celebration on Feb. 29. The event marked the grand opening of the second new Mather LifeWays building at Davis Street and Hinman Avenue. The buildings, which replaced Mather Gardens and The Georgian at the Mather, represent the newest iteration of Mather LifeWays’ mission, “to create Ways to Age Well for older adults.”

“Mather LifeWays is a vital part of our community, having served older adults for more than 60 years,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said earlier. “Right here in downtown Evanston, researchers at Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging are anticipating the needs of older adults and shaping innovative services to best suit those needs, from housing to wellness. We congratulate them on their new building and are grateful for their being the good neighbor they continue to be.”

Mather LifeWays also received recognition from the Chamber of Commerce when it was awarded one of two inaugural Economic Impact awards. The award, presented by The Evanston Chamber of Commerce at the State of the City Luncheon on March 2, recognizes businesses that are making a significant positive impact on the Evanston community through growth, job creation, and facility expansion.

“In one of the greatest economic recessions many of us have experienced, Mather LifeWays has opened a five-star residence [The Mather], is pursuing gold LEED certification, provides affordable housing assistance and is recognized by staff and neighbors alike as a generous and gracious partner,” said Eve Lederhouse, executive director of The Evanston Chamber of Commerce in presenting the award to Mather LifeWays.

“We are honored to be recognized with an Economic Impact Award,” said Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays. “For 70 years, Mather LifeWays has contributed to the City of Evanston through its long history of service and commitment to the needs of older adults.”

Evanston’s Mather LifeWays community is composed of two buildings on a 3.2-acre site, with nearly two acres of garden space. The community has 240 homes and 57 apartments and suites for assisted living (10 units), memory support (12 units) and skilled nursing (35 units).