The Virginia Baptist Homes, located in Culpeper, Newport News, Richmond and Roanoke, are a reality today largely as a result of the wisdom and determination of Dr. James Thomas Edwards. A native of Crawfordville, Georgia, he became pastor of the Culpeper Baptist Church in 1931. While serving in this capacity, he became increasingly aware of the responsibility of Virginia Baptists to care for their senior adults. The creation of a charter to establish the Baptist Home for Aged was approved unanimously in 1945 by the Baptist General Association membership.
The first home was built in Culpeper in 1950, and in April, 1951 the first residents moved into the new home. By 1963, several additions were added and in 1964 seventeen single family cottages were built on the property. Throughout its existence, LifeSpire had been unable to accept numerous qualified applicants because of the lack of space. In 1966, the General Association decided to build a second home in the city of Newport News and it opened in 1969.
Because the Culpeper Home is located in one of the most fertile farming sections of the state, the trustees saw the wisdom of acquiring additional acreage in order to raise food for the residents. In 1954, Kinloch, a 200-acre farm situated across U.S. Route 15 from the home, was purchased. In 1975, the Homes acquired 253 additional acres that were added to the Kinloch Farm operation.
The funds that we raise help eligible residents who outlive their financial resources needed to cover the cost of their care. During 2015, VBH awarded more than $1 million in benevolent assistance to 601 residents.
Jonathan Cook joined LifeSpire on December 3, 2014. He has over 19 years of experience in the senior living/elder care field, including experience inmulti-site continuing care retirement communities Mr. Cook was most recently at Life Care Services, LLC, where in his tenure he has served as both ExecutiveDirector and in the regional position of Director of Operations Management. Prior to joining Life Care Services LLC, Jonathan served for close to a decadewith Lutheran Homes of South Carolina as Executive Director of Franke at Seaside, a CCRC in Mt. Pleasant, SC . He is a graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Jonathan has served numerous industry and local organizations such as South Carolina Association of non-for-profit homes, Indiana Leading Age;Treasurer, Low Country Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Local Exchange clubs. Jonathan has frequently presented at local and nationalsymposiums on operational challenges, marketing programs, CCRC development and CCRC expansions.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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