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Martha Williams moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2007 and worked for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) until she retired in 2014. While at JABA, Martha managed the volunteer department, matching over 600 volunteers from the community with programs to support healthy aging. The program received national recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for innovative programming to engage volunteers to make a difference in their community.
Working for a non-profit charged with helping seniors and their families cope with the challenges of aging has provided her vast knowledge of what older adults need to age gracefully in Central Virginia. “I feel called to help those who have come before me and made my life possible,” she states. She approaches her caregiving and advocacy role for senior adults with love, patience and the utmost respect.
Martha has worked with at-risk individuals and families all of her adult life. She served on the Board of the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless in northern New Jersey for 17 years, volunteering in community and school programs that help people. She also cared for her own aging parents, who lived well into their 80s and 90s. As such, Martha has a personal understanding of the unique challenge of trying to make lifestyle and health decisions for loved ones from a distance. “It is hard enough to see your parents’ mental and physical health fail when you are nearby and able to get to them quickly, but it is almost impossible when you live far away,” says Martha.
Working at Care Is There has given Martha the opportunity to fulfill her passion to support and honor older adults and, in turn, to bring light into the life of a loved one.