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2019-4-2

Jackson-Feild Promotes Tiffany Moses

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that Tiffany Moses has been promoted to the Residential Coordinator position plays a key role in our residential program. She will coordinate the daily activities of Gwaltney Cottage. She will directly supervise to staff and residents to ensure that each child’s daily treatment plan and goals are being met.

The Residential Coordinator ensures that each staff members training is up to date, manages staff schedules, that staff are up-to-date with case management responsibilities,  supplies and equipment is available and maintained and ensures that children receive the best possible services and care possible.

Ms. Moses has helping children since 2003 severing in a variety of settings in Maryland and South Carolina. She joined the Jackson-Feild team in March 2018 as a residential counselor and has performed well in this position.

She has earned the respect and apprciation of our children and her peers. We look forward to her service in this new capacity.              

Play Golf to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children

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If you are a golfer and want to help mentally ill children please make plans to play in Jackson-Feild’s 24th annual golf tournament on May 6th.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase special psychiatric furniture which is safe and durable for five cottage’s bedrooms.

The tournament will be held at the Country  Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County. Lunch is served at noon and the shotgun start begins at 1:00.

Jackson-Feild’s mission is to provide high-quality mental health services to children who have suffered severe emotional trauma heal and restore wellness so that they can return home.

If you would like to enter a team or would like to play yourself please contact Terron Watkins at 804-354-6929 or email him at twatkins@jacksonfeild.org to enter or go to Jackson-Feild’s website (www.jacksonfeild.org).

Community Baccalaureate Service Planned for June

The Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association will be hosting a Community Baccalaureate Service, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Greensville Elementary School Auditorium. This community service is for ALL graduating high school seniors, regardless of where they attend school: private, public, home-schooled, or Christian school.

Baccalaureate services have traditionally been held for high school and college students, in conjunction with their graduation services. The baccalaureate is sometimes held the night before graduation, but it is often on the previous Sunday. Attendance is voluntary.

Local public schools have not held a baccalaureate in several decades.

The baccalaureate is a religious service and will feature Christian songs and/or hymns, and prayers. There will be a guest speaker or speakers who will deliver a Biblical message of encouragement and inspiration for the graduates.

GEMA would like to invite all high school seniors who live in the Emporia-Greensville community, regardless of church affiliation, to participate. Formal invitation letters will be sent to all local and area schools. You do not have to register to participate, nor be a member of a church: simply arrive at the school by 6:30 p.m.

If a student’s school has its own baccalaureate, he/she is still welcome to come to the community service. Our goal is unity in Christ among all people in our community.

Graduates are asked to wear a white dress shirt, blouse or dress. There will be no distinction among schools. GEMA would like to have all participating students assemble and march in together, then sit together regardless of school affiliation.

The theme of the baccalaureate will be “The 9/11 Generation.” Most of this year’s graduates were born in 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks. Their world has been changed and will be forever different as a result of that day.

A full program with speakers will be announced later this spring.

Many schools, both public and private, have gotten away from holding baccalaureate services in recent years. GEMA wants to restore this important event as a way to bring our community together, and to let our graduates know that the Christian community loves them and supports them.

Attendance and participation in this baccalaureate service is entirely voluntary; no participants are sponsored by or endorsed by any government agency; no government funds will be used nor will they be accepted for this service. All expenses are being paid with voluntary contributions by individual citizens and/or the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association. Any participation by public school employees or other government officials is voluntary and is done as private citizens.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or needing more information can contact Ed Conner at (434) 637-2879.

GEMA began holding Fifth Sunday Community Revivals last year. The theme for GEMA’s community efforts is “Unity in Christ,” based on Psalm 133. GEMA includes churches of all denominations and races and tries to hold events at a neutral location (Greensville Elementary) instead of at individual churches.

Officials Seek to Attract Grocery Stories to ‘Food Deserts’

By Caitlin Morris, Capital News Service

RICHMOND — Reflecting national concerns over “food deserts,” federal and state lawmakers Monday called for legislation to help people in low-income neighborhoods get better access to fresh vegetables and other healthy foods.

The officials discussed food insecurity at a town-hall-style meeting at the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond’s East End, where poverty is high and full-fledged grocery stores are scarce.

In 2019 in America, “nobody should go to bed hungry at night,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, who hosted the meeting.

“Too often, what we have are communities — urban and rural — where there may be a corner store, but you walk in to that corner store, and you may have large volumes of food, but it’s not healthy food.”

Warner was joined by members of the Virginia General Assembly and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, as well as by staff members of U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin of Richmond. About 60 residents also attended the meeting.

Warner and McEachin, both Democrats, are co-sponsoring federal legislation called the Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act. It would provide tax credits and grants to grocery stores, food banks and other organizations that provide healthy foods in underserved communities. Entities would undergo a certification process to qualify for financial assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 37 million Americans live in food deserts. In urban areas, individuals are considered to be living in a food desert if they must travel more than one mile to buy affordable, healthy food. In rural areas, it is considered a food desert if access is 10 miles away.

Under the proposed HFAAA, businesses would apply for certification as Special Access Food Providers. A certified store that opens in a food desert could receive a one-time 15% tax credit. Businesses that have been remodeled or rehabilitated to qualify as grocery stores would receive a one-time tax credit of 10%.

To meet these qualifications, at least 35% of a store’s products must be fresh produce, poultry, dairy and deli items.

Under the HFAAA, grants would be awarded to food banks to cover 15% of the costs of building a permanent structure in a food desert. “Temporary access merchants,” such as nonprofit farmers markets and some food banks, could receive grants for up to 10% their annual operating cost.

State legislators in Virginia have also been pushing to address food insecurity. During this year’s legislative session, a bill to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of grocery stores unanimously passed in the Senate but died in the House of Delegates.

SB 999, sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin and Democratic Sen. Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, would have established the Virginia Grocery Investment Fund and provided $5 million to help approved food providers in underserved communities.

Warner complimented Democratic Dels. Delores McQuinn of Richmond and Lamont Bagby of Henrico for their efforts as well.

“Delores and Lamont and others have been trying to move this issue forward with a series of Virginia-based initiatives,” Warner said. “What Donald (McEachin) and I have tried to do at the federal level is to say, ‘How can we as a federal government provide some additional assistance?’”

Like SB 999 at the Virginia Capitol, the HFAAA before Congress has bipartisan support. Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is also sponsoring the act.

Richmond residents at Monday’s discussion agreed that work must be done to address food insecurity in Virginia, but many expressed concerns about how the HFAAA would affect the community.

Individuals said they fear that offering incentives to open grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods would lead to gentrification as wealthier people move in and poorer residents are pushed out. Development in disadvantaged communities could lead to higher rents and the loss of small businesses.

Warner said he wants to make sure residents are protected from negative impacts. He said he hopes to “see if there’s a way in my legislation to give recipients an extra benefit if they live in the community.”

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