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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Shining Star Pre-School

Shining Star Pre-School is the early childhood option that brings generations together. With locations in Charlottesville and Louisa, children 2 1/2 to 5 years old have the added benefit of elder buddies with whom they eat, play and learn. The unconditional love that flows between these generations is a delight to behold.

Using a specially designed curriculum, Shining Star puts emphasis on art and music. Both of our locations serve two snacks and a hot lunch, prepared in the building. Our staff is highly trained and act as loving partners in your child’s learning experience.

  • Why Intergenerational? »

    It will be no surprize to you that children and elders make perfectly matched partners for fun and learning because of the unconditional love that flows between them. Through shared art acitivity, both children and elders explore their senses of touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste. In addition, children learn social skills and their elder partners welcome the opportunity to teach and feel needed. Children learn what older people are all about; they also learn to respect their elders. This approach has worked beautifully for three years and now JABA owns and manages the pre-school, which resides in the same building as the JABA adult day care center.

  • Locations and Hours of Shining Star Pre-School »

    JABA owns and manages a Shining Star Pre-School in Charlottesville and in Louisa. Both centers are open year round. Below is the contact information and hours of operation for each center.


    674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

    434-817-5222 (Ask for Shining Star)

    Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


    Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center (522 Industrial Drive), Louisa, VA 23093


    Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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