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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Jefferson School City Center

JABA has played a major part in the planning for the Jefferson School City Center, which is in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, VA and will be renovated to house many different tenants, including JABA's Mary Williams Community Center and a cafe run by JABA.

The Mary Williams Community Center, which was housed for many years in the Victorian building that is now part of JABA's Timberlake Place community, moved operations temporarily to the HOPE Center in the Westhaven community until they can officially relocate to their new home in the City Center. Because of the intergenerational nature of the tenant organizations, this new location will only enhance the ways in which older adults can socialize, volunteer and partcipate in community cultural events.

The Vinegar Hill Café, an extension of JABA's culinary service which prepares meals for JABA's community centers, is designed to be a bright, inviting and reasonable priced venue for the community to gather. JABA will continue its pledge to serve meals that incorporate locally sourced foods. The cafe will also serve as a launching point for young and local artists and musicians.

For more information about the Jefferson School, see their website.

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  • History of the Jefferson School »

    The Jefferson School will honor the history of African Americans in Charlottesville and draw people of all ages and backgrounds from the entire community for a variety of educational, cultural, social and recreational offerings. It will be fully restored according to the Secretary of the Interior's guidelines for historic preservation, conserving major historical features of the school, while accommodating a range of new tenants and activities. The shared vision with other tenants is to serve diverse, multi-generational audiences and provide program offerings that compliment each other, and to ensure that the school will play a vital civic and educational role for local citizens and visitors for generations to come.

  • Jefferson School Resident Partners »
    • African-American Heritage Center
    • Carver Recreation Center
    • Common Ground Healing Arts
    • JABA
    • Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle
    • Martha Jefferson
    • Piedmont Family YMCA
    • Piedmont Virginia Community College
    • The Women's Initiative


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Jefferson School is A Part of Charlottesville’s Heritage
Jefferson School is A Part of Charlottesville’s Heritage