Local foundation takes a new name

For the past eight years, a local foundation was known to the community as the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, the foundation's board approved a new name - the Senior Living Foundation of Greater Williamsburg. The name change comes after a two year long effort to find a name that will describe the organization's purpose and to distinguish itself from the community of Colonial Heritage.

"There were a number of challenges with the former name," explained the Rev. James P. Nickols, the foundation's president, "first, people assumed that Colonial Heritage funded the foundation; second, seeking grants and fundraising were more difficult because of the name; and, third, many in the public had the perception that the foundation's focus was limited to the Colonial Heritage community."

Colonial Heritage Community Foundation was formed in 2009 by some residents of Colonial Heritage with the mission to help and support care-givers who are looking after their family member who may have physical challenges, dementia, or Alzheimer's and wanted to keep them at home as long as possible.

"Today," Nickols stated, "the foundation's mission is to serve care-givers and care-receivers throughout the greater Williamsburg area. The foundation has provided support groups for care-givers and seminars to educate care-givers on how best to provide care to their loved ones. Additionally, the foundation provides two free adult senior day service programs, known as the Senior Champion Program, for care-receivers with mild dementia and Alzheimer's at New Zion Baptist Church and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church." Nickols stated that the Senior Champion Program incorporates the best practices to stimulate seniors' minds and social engagement.

For more information about the Senior Living Foundation of Greater Williamsburg, please contact Melissa Rehm at 443-735-5073.

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