|JRC graciously hosted the Foundation’s most recent Board meeting at its beautiful new Myrna A. Pastore Campus, made possible by an outpouring of support from community members and local funders, including the Sisters of Charity Foundation.|
On the renovated site of the old Meyers Lake Ballroom in Canton, children and seniors can be found together making crafts and playing games, as part of the unique and heartwarming intergenerational programming offered. The campus houses an eight-classroom learning center for infants and young children as well as JRC’s adult day center for seniors. The campus also includes administrative offices, a large commercial kitchen, and more. JRC also continues to operate its original learning center on 14th Street in Canton.
At the meeting, JRC Chief Executive Officer Julie Abiecunas discussed the organization’s services and programs for young children and seniors.
Both JRC learning centers have earned five stars in Ohio’s Step Up To Quality rating system. Five stars is the highest possible rating, and it indicates an exceptional level of quality. JRC maintains low staff-to-child ratios, and half of the early childhood professionals have bachelor’s degrees.
Ms. Abiecunas mentioned that her own daughter, Navy, is among the children enrolled, stating, “I have her here—I already know first-hand that we’re a great organization.”
JRC also provides a wide spectrum of services to keep seniors active, engaged, and healthy, including nutritious food, opportunities to socialize, barber and beautician services, and on-site medical check-ups and telehealth services.
At full capacity, the learning centers and adult day center will serve more than 400 children and adults, and the organization is on track to employ nearly 100 people to serve them.