Cathedral Square, a nonprofit organization that develops and manages affordable housing communities for seniors and people with special needs, was awarded the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness at the 2016 Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 30, 2016. The Award, sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, recognizes Vermont employers which encourage employees to improve their overall health.

Carmel Ewing, Cathedral Square’s Human Resources Manager, believes the organization needs to practice what it preaches. “We focus on helping seniors maintain health and wellness through our SASH (Support And Services at Home) model. It makes sense for us (Cathedral Square staff) to lead by example.”

The Awards were presented to employers by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Chair Janet Franz, and Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.

Cathedral Square’s Wellness Committee, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, engaged employees throughout 2015 with activities and events supporting physical and mental wellbeing. Included were smoking cessation programs, daily walks, classes in Tai Chi and meditation, and hikes along the Burlington waterfront and up Mt. Philo. All events were voluntary and free-of-charge. Participation was rewarded with merchant gift cards and raffle tickets for larger prizes.

About Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square is a non-profit organization created in 1977. The organization develops and operates communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. Cathedral Square’s mission to support “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging” begins with providing service-enriched housing to over 1,154 residents. Cathedral Square owns and/or manages 30 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price. Cathedral Square administers the SASH (Support And Services at Home) model statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. SASH is a care management model harnessing the combined strength of social service agencies, community health providers and non-profit housing organizations to support more than 5,000 Vermonters in aging safely and healthfully at home.