Concord, MA, April 17, 2024 – New England Deaconess Association, a 135-year-old nonprofit located in Concord, MA, and operator of Newbury Court, announces the receipt of a historic $2.9 million donation that created the Winifred B. Bush and Walter M. Bush Spiritual Life Endowment Fund.  This fund endows New England Deaconess’ Spiritual Life program. The contribution was made by Winifred B. Bush, a longtime resident of Concord and Newbury Court.

The donation will ensure the longevity of the Spiritual Life program at New England Deaconess and Newbury Court, a non-denominational initiative that supports older adults of all faiths and backgrounds. At the heart of the program are two dedicated chaplains who collaborate with residents, family members, and staff to support the community and their families during all moments of community life. The chaplains offer holiday celebrations, weekly services, educational programs, opportunities for individual worship, and are an important part of the organization’s legacy.

“The Spiritual Life Program tends to the emotional and spiritual health of residents and community members,” said Reverend Kristin Rinehimer, Director of Spiritual Life at Newbury Court. “It represents a holistic view of what it means to be an older adult – not just physical well-being. This gift ensures the continued longevity of this historic program.

Winifred Bush has left an indelible mark on Newbury Court through her philanthropy. In 2021, she honored her late husband with the Walter Bush Activity Room, a space dedicated to enriching the lives of our skilled nursing residents.  Now, with her latest donation, Winifred solidifies her legacy as a compassionate advocate for the well-being of older adults.

“New England Deaconess Association was founded on a single gift in 1889,” said New England Deaconess Associations CEO, Chris Sintros, “Two years ago, we established the 1889 Society to encourage forward-looking philanthropy and recognize those who have made a planned gift. The generosity by Mrs. Bush, and so many others, will be celebrated for generations.  We are truly grateful.”

About New England Deaconess Association: New England Deaconess Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was established over 135 years ago to provide a broad range of health care services and housing for senior residents in New England. It currently oversees the operation of three sites: Newbury Court in Concord, MA, Rockridge in Northampton, MA, Wesley Woods in Gilford NH, as well as Deaconess Abundant Life Services our home care provider.

About Newbury Court: Since opening our doors in 1994, Newbury Court, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Life Plan Community, has been a premier leader in Concord senior living. Newbury Court offers residential and life-plan services for seniors 62+ to live their most abundant life. Learn more at

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Photo caption: Former CEO/President of New England Deaconess Association, Reverend Herb Taylor, joined members of the Newbury Court Community to present and celebrate the historic, transformational donation to create the Winifred B. Bush and Walter M. Bush Spiritual Life Endowment Fund