Hellenic Women’s Benevolent Association

Our History

The Hellenic was founded by a group of Greek Orthodox women who recognized the growing plight of elderly individuals left alone and unable to care for themselves within the community.  These women formally organized a non-profit organization called the Hellenic Women’s Benevolent Association (HWBA), marking the beginning of the Hellenic Nursing Home for the Aged.  In 1970, the HWBA purchased the Sherman Street location in Canton and constructed a 120-bed facility which opened in 1973.  The facility was expanded to a 154-bed capacity in 1986 and the HWBA enhanced the mission of the home to a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.  At this time, the facility’s name was changed to Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  It was in 1996 that a secured unit was created.

Our Mission

The mission of the HWBA is to sponsor and oversee Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; engage and commit itself to fundraising activities which serve to promote and enhance the quality of life of the residents entrusted in its care.



Pamela Houlares, President
Peggy Kantaros, Vice-President
Natalie Bassil, Treasurer

Ethel Conaxis, Assistant Treasurer
Joanna Hopkins, Clerk/Secretary
Vicky Kechris, Immediate Past President

Executive Board

Eri Frangiadakis
Margarita Gianakouras
Joanne Kalliavas
Wendy-Lou Kastrenos

Helen Lambropoulos
Frances McInnis
Martha Orphanos Panagiotopoulos
Barbara Tandler