I'm Engaged!

Jules Gerbi
Director, Plant Operations
Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden



Jules' Story

At 13, Jules left his neighborhood near Hamden, Conn., to enter seminary as the first step toward priesthood. While in graduate school at Boston College studying English literature, he decided to step off the path to priesthood. Back home, he cared for his parents, and 12 years ago he joined the staff at Hamden where he is Director of Plant Services.

Jules is well known for his over-the-top costumes on Spirit Days, including dressing as a priest – the running joke is that the suit still fits! Last Halloween he was a Wizard of Oz munchkin. “My biggest thrill is all the activities we’re all involved in,” he says, “like Easter, Passover, even prom. We have fun with the residents, and they have fun with us!”

Among the residents he now serves are parents of kids he grew up with, who pat him on the head like when he was 5 or 6 and tell stories about his family that he never knew! And his mother, before she passed away, would ask Jules to escort her to Hamden to visit friends and former neighbors in memory care. For a few minutes, Jules would take her in, stay with her as she visited, and then say, “Mom, I’ve got to go back to work now.” 

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"I grew up in this neighborhood. It's my honor to care for the parents of kids I knew growing up".

Jules Gerbi
Director, Plant Operations
Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden

"Today, my favorite thing is helping residents and their families find their new home."

Lauren Stowell
Director, Community Relations
The Village at Brookfield Common

"I'm lucky because, unlike many, I am always impatient to come to work – I cannot wait to come in and hug my residents."

Luciano Parente
Associate, Dining
River Ridge at Avon

For more information about our community, please call (203) 361-9885