Jah-Jireh Homes of America is a non-profit initiative formed to care for aging Jehovah’s Witnesses who need assistance with aspects of daily living and are no longer able to stay in their own home. Each facility is designed to provide a caring environment for faithful servants of Jehovah—a place where they can feel safe, loved, and appreciated. The residence buildings will allow Christian witnesses to maintain a healthy spiritual routine, engage socially with fellow witnesses, and associate with a local congregation. The residents will be accommodated in a beautifully appointed facility that is designed to allow “aging in place.” The highly trained staff will be composed exclusively of brothers and sisters.
The homes are established on a firm scriptural basis: "Look after orphans and widows." (James 1:27) "Do not withhold good . . . if it is within your power to help." (Proverbs 3:27, 28) "Give to the one asking you, and do not turn away from one who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42) "If a brother or a sister is lacking clothing and enough food for the day . . . but you do not give them what they need for their body, of what benefit is it?" (James 2:15-17) "I became hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you received me hospitably." (Matthew 25:35)
Jah-Jireh is a charity in which Jehovah's Witnesses care for aging and infirm Jehovah's Witnesses in a loving spiritual environment.
For almost 30 years, Jah-Jireh Charity Homes (JJCH), based in Great Britain, has been providing loving physical and spiritual care to aging brothers and sisters. These well-running homes are a testament to the blessings that come from the generosity, support, and hard work of the brotherhood. There are currently five homes in Great Britain with another under development. Similar not-for-profit homes are located in the Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, and Denmark. In recognition of the needs of older ones in the United States, the JJCH board of trustees has committed its support and assistance as care facilities are developed in the United States.
There is a growing population of older Jehovah’s Witnesses in need of help, paralleling a general demographic trend of larger percentages of those over 75 years old. While we know that the primary responsibility to care for older ones lies first with their families and second with the congregation, there are times when these arrangements do not suffice.
Many faithful servants of Jehovah are unable to find a satisfactory care facility where their religious beliefs will be respected and supported. This is where Jah-Jireh homes can help.
Jah-Jireh Homes of America, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, has been formed so that care facilities can now be established in the United States. A volunteer board of directors oversees all of the activities of Jah-Jireh Homes of America. All board members are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
For more information about Jah-Jireh Charity Homes of Great Britain, please view this video.
We are not connected with or endorsed by the United States Branch Office of Jehovah's Witnesses or any legal entity used by it.
LETTER FROM OUR BOARD
Dear Family and Friends:
The name Jah-Jireh means “Jehovah provides” and is taken from the account at Genesis 22:11-14. Our brothers in Great Britain chose this name because they deeply felt a commitment to provide for older friends in need. We feel the same way and have established a non-profit entity called Jah-Jireh Homes of America. It is overseen by a volunteer board of directors who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
We are in the process of developing environments that will provide alternatives for older ones whose families are no longer able to meet their needs and who are concerned that their loved ones’ spiritual way of life will not be honored in a facility that is not operated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our homes will offer the unique spiritual provisions that allow Christian witnesses to maintain their spiritual routine, be with their brothers and sisters and be part of a local congregation. Our first project will be an personal care facility located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and will be known as Legacy Place Cottages.
Rather than our homes being a transitional setting, it is our goal to allow residents to “age in place” and not have to later move to a nursing home or other care facility. If needed, additional nursing care, rehabilitation, dietary, social service programs, and personnel will be available.
We are excited and appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the team entrusted with fostering the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the Jah-Jireh family.
Darbin T. Skeans
For the Board of Directors
Jah-Jireh Homes of America
LARRY ANDREWS, Jersey Shore, PA
IN-SOO CHO, Pittsburgh, PA
GREGORY GROVE, Atlanta, GA
DARBIN T. SKEANS, (Chairman) Allentown, PA
TODD STEIN, Bellefonte, PA
CHRIS WEINING, Buckingham, PA
NATHAN WONG, Honolulu, HI
ROB WOOD, Phoenixville, PA
The first Jah-Jireh personal care homes in the United States are now in development in eastern Pennsylvania. The three cottages will provide a loving community where fellow believers can share spiritual values, live by Bible principles, and remain independent as long as possible.
Like the Jah-Jireh Charity Homes of Great Britain, the main purpose will always be “to provide an environment in which our brothers and sisters will feel loved, well looked after and appreciated in a theocratic home run for their benefit.”
Most important of all is the support that is provided to ensure each resident has a robust spiritual environment. The “small house” model reflects the leading edge design and organizational structure that allows the fully staffed care partners to be completely engaged with the operation of the house as well as the lives of the residents. This model of care creates an intentional community that honors autonomy and privacy, as well as provide opportunities for developing close personal relationships between residents, their families, and staff. A spiritually qualified brother will take the lead in coordinating spiritual activities including daily text consideration, weekly Family Worship night, mid-week field service arrangements, and transportation to all meetings and assemblies.
Upon admission, the staff draws up a detailed service plan which will serve as the
organizing document for all personal care services provided to each resident. The
plan specifies the personal care services and medications that the resident needs.
In addition, it contains information about the resident’s background, family,
interests, hobbies, and favorite foods. Staff members use this information to get
to know the resident and to effectively engage them with their abilities. In Allentown, there will be a cottage specifically designed to provide advanced memory care.
Each resident’s care plan is reviewed after 30 days and is regularly updated from that time on—either when the staff concludes that a resident’s needs have changed, or every six months, whichever occurs first.
The 'small house' model incorporates an innovative design and an organizational structure that allow the care partners to be completely engaged with the operation of the house as well as the lives of the residents. This model of care creates an intentional community that honors autonomy and privacy as well as provide opportunities to developing close personal relationships between residents, their families and staff.
Along with a nurse, specially trained nursing assistants will staff each residence and provide a wide range of support and assistance. If needed, the assistance may include personal care, activities, meal preparation and service, light housekeeping, and laundry.
You and the other residents will work together with your care partners to plan and select menus, activities, and the personalization of your individual suite. The care partners—a self-managed work team—will use coaching and problem solving skills to make necessary decisions as to the operation of the residence.
Each of the three cottages will be a true home, centered on a beautiful hearth that promotes a warm and inviting environment. Nearby is an open kitchen, den/library, and 10 to 12 private suites, each with its own bathroom. The small scale and single level design eliminates stairs, long hallways, and elevators. Two of the homes will provide personal care care; one cottage will be specially designed and operated for those with severe memory impairment.
Combining the “small house” organizational model and the loving care displayed by true Christians will result in a truly special environment. Residents will have autonomy, choice, privacy, and opportunities for close relationships between the residents and staff.
Nursing professionals provide clinical support around the clock in a discrete way, allowing residents to live life according to their own terms and schedules. The 32-room home will be licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and will accommodate up to 40 residents in a fully staffed environment designed to allow “aging in place.”
The activities at Legacy Place Cottages will be diverse and plentiful. The normal
routine for Jehovah’s Witnesses of regular field service, family worship, and
congregation meeting attendance will be encouraged and supported. Out-of town
trips, gardening, reading, watching television, painting, singing and dancing, and
numerous other activities will also be scheduled. Various classes and instruction
will be offered, such as how to use a computer and making effective use of the
jw.org Web site and Watchtower Library.
Legacy Place Cottages staff will make every effort to meet the needs of each individual as well as all in the home as a group. A schedule of weekly and monthly activities will be posted in an area that is accessible to all residents and will be provided for each resident to post in their suite for easy reference. Private time for study, self-reflection, and meditation will also be encouraged and supported. Volunteers and family members are always welcome to join us for activities and outings.
Food is important and sharing a meal is an opportunity to develop close personal relationships with others. Breakfast is served your way—tell us what you want and when you want it. Lunch and dinner will be served in the dining room—the natural gathering place in any home. Healthy meals using fresh ingredients are prepared right in the open kitchen. No pre-made or pre-packaged foods are served! Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite recipes and help with the preparation. You are also welcome to invite guests to a meal.
You have the option to have your suite equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and small sink. Snacks are available in the house kitchen for the residents anytime day or night.
Jah-Jireh Homes of America will offer a unique alternative for those who can no longer live at home due to memory impairment. Our care model encourages residents to participate with daily tasks in the household to help them maintain a sense of purpose, contentment, and a normal daily rhythm. One of the cottages will contain 12 private rooms, will be staffed by specially trained care partners and will offer a secure and loving environment for those special needs.
Each Legacy Place Cottage is designed like a private residence and will accommodate between 12-14 people. Suites range in size from 345 to 575 square feet and include a private bathroom, walk-in shower, and small kitchenette. There are rooms designed for double occupancy if a resident has a spouse or would prefer having a roommate living with them. Each suite has a beautiful view of the well maintained grounds and gardens. The homes have spacious front porches, patios, and gardens! Each home is single level and easily accessible. No long hallways, stairs, or elevators to slow you down.
Specially trained and certified nursing assistants staff each residence and provide a wide range of assistance—including personal care, social and spiritual activities, meal preparation and service, light housekeeping and laundry. The residents and these care partners are the primary decision-makers for each home. A self-managed work team structure is coordinated and supported by caregivers, nurses, and a clinical support team that includes social workers, activities experts, therapists, and nutritionists.
Caregivers become like family. They know you by name and honor your preferences so you can live life your way. Most importantly, they are your spiritual brothers and sisters, and truly care about you. Small houses and Jah-Jireh homes traditionally experience very low levels of staff turnover because the work allows the opportunity for developing close relationships and meaningful engagement.
Each home has a highly trained management team who work under the direction of the board of directors. All residences are regulated by the appropriate governmental authorities and offer the highest level of personal care and assistance, combined with the unique spiritual provisions that allow a Christian witness to maintain a healthy spiritual routine and meaningful life.
Currently, Jah-Jireh Homes of America is looking for ministers of Jehovah’s Witnesses that are qualified RNs, LPNs and CNAs. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please contact us.
Aside from our trained staff, there are plenty of opportunities for brothers and sisters to volunteer their time and resources. Those that wish to volunteer their time to work with the residents must be dedicated, baptized Witnesses of Jehovah, who are in good standing in the congregation, and who have a sincere concern for elderly faithful ones.
How much does it cost to live at Legacy Place Cottages?
Pricing is being finalized, but single occupancy rates will start at $3,500 per month for senior living; $4,900 for memory care. Double occupancy rates will be lower.
Does Medicare or Medicaid cover my costs?
Unfortunately, at this time, Medicaid in the state of Pennsylvania does not apply to personal care. Efforts are being made to consider expanding coverage beyond skilled nursing facilities. However, at present there is no known timeframe for such a provision.
Do you accept long-term health insurance?
Yes. We will work with your insurance company.
Can you help me with social services?
Yes, we will meet with you and your family and help you understand the confusing world of senior care.
How do you handle Veteran’s benefits for long-term care?
We will assist you in determining your eligibility and obtaining full benefits. Monthly supplements of $1,000 to $1,800 are possible for veterans and their surviving spouses.
When will Legacy Place Cottages open?
Legacy Place Cottages in Allentown, PA will begin construction in Spring 2014. We expect occupancy will be possible in October/November of 2014.
Can I reserve a room now?
Yes. As there are a limited number of rooms available, we recommend that you meet with us now and make arrangements for your residency.
Are there any other projects in development in the United States?
There are other brothers and sisters working on Jah-Jireh supported homes in other parts of the country. In addition, other levels of care are being considered by the board of directors.
Are you affiliated with the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society?
No. Jah-Jireh Homes of America is not affiliated in any way with the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York.
Thank you for your interest in Jah-Jireh Homes of America. While we have tried to convey what Jah-Jireh Homes has to offer on this Web site, our strong desire is to meet with you and discuss your family’s needs on a personal level. We are happy to schedule a discussion to answer any additional questions that may help you to determine if Jah-Jireh Homes is a good fit for your family.
For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Micah Killgore by phone or e-mail.