Shira and Jesse Charyn, Founders
We both grew up volunteering in assisted living homes and senior community centers, and understand the importance of providing an engaging and supportive environment for members in our community who are unable to live on their own. Our decision to pursue the Shalom Home and make it a reality is steeped in Jewish values. We were brought up in families that emphasized Jewish education and part of that education was identifying and meeting the needs of those in our community.
Beyond our personal experiences, Jesse is part of a spiritual care team working in a continuous care retirement community and Shira has a master’s degree in public health with a background in health care administration. We have also become certified caregivers as part of our commitment to providing a safe and enriching Jewish environment for our future Shalom Home mishpacha.
– Shira and Jesse
Terri Pollack, Shalom Home Nurse
I was born and raised in upstate, NY the youngest of four kids. I’m a mom of three boys, one 28 year old and my twins are 23. In 2010 I relocated to Arizona with my boys and elderly parents. One of my twins is disabled and at the time we moved my Dad was on dialysis. I was fortunate to care for my dad and my boys with the help of my wonderful mom. My Dad passed away in March of 2013. I recall having to fight daily for appropriate care for my dad and my son.
I am fortunate I knew how to advocate to for my Dad and son as I’ve been doing it my whole nursing career for my patients. I’ve worked in an operating room for over thirty years, beginning as a nurse aide. Throughout my career I have risen through the ranks as a LPN, RN, BSN, and now MSN! In addition to Shalom Home, I am the weekend supervisor in the trauma department of a local hospital.
I was introduced to Shalom Home by my husband, Scott, my rock and a brilliant wood worker and all-around talented man. Scott and I met in 2015 and married in October of 2016. I am honored to be part of the Shalom Home team. The concepts and vision of Shalom Home are exactly what I believe in. The respect, dignity, and love for those unable to care for themselves is remarkable. Here it is a home!
– Nurse Terri
The Shalom Home Mission
When it dawned upon us to start the Shalom Home, we knew we wanted to make it a resource for the greater Jewish community. At the Shalom Home we won’t have residents, we will have mishpacha – this phrase encompasses why we have created this home.
All too often we have had the experience of walking into assisted living homes or facilities and while they look beautiful they are missing that haimish quality that lets you know you’re where you belong. At the Shalom Home we are intentionally establishing an environment to engage the mind, body, and spirit. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and therefore we will have a robust weekly activity schedule. This activity schedule will include daily exercise, gardening, learning sessions, weekly shabbat services, and a daily news roundup.
Moreover, we believe in nurturing the body with local wholesome food and meeting social needs with intergenerational activities, pet and music therapy. What truly separates us from other homes is our dedication to cultivating a spiritual and personal relationship with Jewish life, in doing so we are confident we can enhance the lives of those who privilege us with their trust to take care of them in their golden years.