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About the Jarvie Program
The Jarvie Program, formally known as the “James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service,” is an elder-care program that provides social work services and in many cases financial support to elderly individuals who meet certain qualifications that were defined by James N. Jarvie, a wealthy lifelong Presbyterian who endowed the program over 90 years ago.
In 1934 the Jarvie Commonweal Service conveyed the funds, fiduciary responsibility, administration and operation of the Jarvie Program to the Board of National Missions through a Trust Agreement which expressly stated that the Board was to continue the “Jarvie concept of Old Age Relief and Service.” That concept reflected Mr. Jarvie’s “understanding and deep sympathy for the unfortunate, particularly for those who, born and reared and living the active years of their lives in comfortable circumstances, found themselves in their old age in poverty and distress.”
A network of Jarvie Program staff, including seven social workers and a Presbyterian chaplain, provides care for members of the Jarvie Program family and helps sustain them through their lifetime. The social workers are employed by the Jarvie Program LLC, a subsidiary of VIP Health Care Services.
In addition, the Jarvie Program includes a separate trust fund which provides grants to organizations in the Jarvie catchment area to provide services to older adults.
The Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a constituent corporation of the Presbyterian Foundation, has custody of and manages the Jarvie endowment funds and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of the Jarvie Program.
"I have found the Jarvie group of personnel to be consistent in good will and courtesy – remarkable!"
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