At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.

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Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.

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JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.

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JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.

In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.

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What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”

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Fifth Annual Soup for Seniors

December 16, 2013


JABA and local companies join to fill cupboards of low-income elders. Targeted food drive is a Martin Luther King Day of Service project.

Charlottesville, VA—- In recognition of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, JABA will again hold “Soup for Seniors”, a canned food drive benefiting local, low-income older adults. This marks the fifth time the nonprofit agency has hosted the drive, which will run from Monday, January 6 through Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, 2014.

“The winter months can be particularly challenging for those who have difficulty getting around,“ says Leanne Probst, Volunteer Coordinator at JABA. “A cupboard stocked with nutritious ready-to-serve canned or packaged foods can be a true life saver. We hold this drive each year to help provide emergency food stores for the older and at risk population in Charlottesville and throughout the five surrounding counties. It’s remarkable, the need in our own community.“

Especially needed are canned meat products such as stew, chicken or ham; shelf-stable milk; no-sugar added canned fruits; dried fruits; lower salt soups and vegetables, and. Monetary donations are always welcome.

“We also need volunteers to drop off the collection boxes, distribute flyers and pick up donations at sites in Charlottesville and Albemarle during the drive. There is an opportunity to volunteer sorting the food on Martin Luther King Day of Service, as well.“

Donations may be dropped off at specially marked collection boxes at the following locations:

• JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville
• Care Advantage Plus
• Branchlands
• The Colonnades
• The Independence
• Jefferson Heights
• Our Lady of Peace
• Martha Jefferson House
• Park View @ South Pantops
• The Senior Center, Inc.
• Twice Is Nice
• Westminster-Canterbury
• Woods Edge
• Walmart Distribution Center in Zions Crossroads

Other sites to be added. Contact JABA’s Volunteer Services for a complete list.

All food donations go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Charlottesville branch, which supports JABA’s Food Bag program. Monetary donation to support JABA’s Food Bag Program should be made out to JABA, Inc. Mail checks to Soup for Seniors c/o JABA, 674 Hillsdale, Charlottesville, VA 22901.For more information contact Leanne Probst, 434-817-5272, lprobst@jabacares.org.

About JABA
JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational welfare.  The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.

For information on JABA and answers to other aging related questions, contact JABA at (434) 817-5222 or visit the website www.jabacares.org. News about JABA can also be found on Twitter @JABAcares and on Facebook at JABA Charlottesville.

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Elyse Thierry
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