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JABA Welcomes Seniors to Temporary Home at Hope Center

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A community center where dozens of Charlottesville seniors spend their days has landed a temporary home in a different part of town.

It is the first of two moves for the center in the upcoming year. The Mary Williams Center made the move from Woolen Mills into the 10th and Page neighborhood Tuesday. It is a temporary home until the center can move into Charlottesville's renovated Jefferson School.

Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) welcomed seniors to the Hope Community Center's space on 11th Street Northwest Tuesday. As many as 50 to 60 seniors a day come into the Mary Williams Center for exercise programs, lifelong learning, and community speakers.

JABA plans to create a partnership with the Hope Center so seniors can work with the kids.

Mary Williams Center Manager Misty Boos said, "One of JABA's main missions is to have inter-generational programming. So, to have students right next door we can work with, and tutor and just build relationships with is just fantastic. So, we're just thrilled to be here."

JABA is transforming the Mary Williams Center's former home on East Market Street into an affordable senior housing development. Mary Williams expects to use the Hope Center's space during the day for the next eight months to a year until the Jefferson School project is complete.

In the meantime, JABA is encouraging University of Virginia students who live in the neighborhood to volunteer their time since the center is closer to them.

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