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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
SENIORS HEAD TO THE FARM
August 09, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENIORS HEAD TO THE FARM
JAUNT and JABA team to bring local elders closer to fresh affordable food.
Charlottesville, VA—- Giving older Central Virginians access to affordable and nutritious local food is the idea behind an upcoming series of farm visits. The trips are being underwritten by a $10,925 grant given to JAUNT by the Virginia Senior Transportation to improve seniors’ access to fresh local food, along with $575 in matching funds from JABA. The program will allow seniors in the city of Charlottesville, and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties to travel to and shop at local farms, grocery stores and farmer’s markets. The first excursions are set to begin this coming Thursday.
August 12: Roundabout Farm
Thursday, August 12, seniors from JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center in Charlottesville and from JABA’s Keswick Community Center will board JAUNT buses for a ride to Roundabout Farm in Keswick.
Owned by Rob and Megan Weary, Roundabout produces a variety of produce that they sell to restaurants, institutions such as JABA, and customers at the Charlottesville City Market.
August 17: Twin Springs
On Tuesday, August 17 seniors from JABA’s Nelson County Community Center will visit Twin Springs Farm in Nelson.
Twin Springs is owned by Gary and Jeannie Scott. Twin Springs raises a variety of fruits and vegetables, using sustainable farming practices and foregoing herbicides and pesticides.
In addition to giving seniors access to healthy, local food, the trips also provide the participants with an opportunity to exercise, socialize, learn about local food sources and, for the many who grew up on farms, reminisce about raising their own food when they were young.
JABA’s Local Food Initiative
As part of JABA’s ongoing commitment to healthy aging-at all ages-the agency set, and subsequently met, a goal of locally sourcing 20-to-25% of the approximately 700 meals it prepares each week. In May, JABA extended the reach of its local food initiative by facilitating the use of SNAP (food stamp) benefits at Charlottesville’s City Farmers’ Market. Most recently, JABA published DVD and guidebook to help institutional chefs incorporate locally grown food into their menus and to give farmers insight into selling their local produce to food service programs.
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 Web site www.jabacares.org.
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