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Vicar’s Landing Donates Car to Council on Aging Bookmark

Representatives from Council on Aging (COA)  and Vicar’s Landing have joined forces to enhance the programming of COA.  Vicar’s Landing donated a 2013  Toyota Venza SUV to the COA.  

COA Executive Director Becky Yanni said her team was thrilled at the news of the vehicle.  “The success of our organization is based on the wonderful support of partners like Vicar’s Landing,” said Yanni who has been with the organization since 2008 and Executive Director since 2013.  “The vehicle will be used to supplement transportation in an already robust Meals-On-Wheels program.  It will also be used to transport home health professionals who travel throughout St. Johns County visiting the elderly who need some care in their homes.”  

Bruce Jones, CEO of Vicar’s Landing and a Board Member of COA since 2014,  is fully committed to the partnership of the two organizations.  “Our mission at Vicar’s Landing is to provide services of superior quality to members who choose the outstanding lifestyle and exceptional healthcare available to them in our community, “ said Jones.  “Partnering with COA is just the right thing to do for our community of seniors. “

  This is not the first time that the two organizations have collaborated.  The Vicar’s Landing community already supplies lunches to the Ponte Vedra Memory Center four times a week.  The center serves as a memory care center for St. Johns County  seniors,  primarily from Ponte Vedra Beach, who suffer from early memory loss and/or changes in cognition.  There they are able to attend the Integrative Memory Enhancement Program.  With more than 25% of the population of St. Johns County age 60 or older these programs will become even more essential.  

But that’s not the end of the partnership.  While at Vicar’s Landing Yanni  noted that the organization is in need of a refrigerator and microwave and these items will be delivered to Council on Aging through another donation by Vicar’s Landing.  

In 2016 Vicar’s Landing resurrected Lend An Ear, a program that provides used and refurbished hearing aids to people experiencing hearing loss who would otherwise not be able to afford a hearing aid.  “Studies prove that hearing loss can result in isolation disinterest and depression,” said Jones.  “As our mission at Vicar’s Landing is to help people maintain an independent lifestyle, helping those with hearing loss fits in with a continuation of our goals for the senior population.”

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