The Jarvie Concept
Old Age Relief and Service
The 1934 Trust Agreement that conveyed the administration and operation of the Jarvie Program to the Board of National Missions 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.”
“The aged needy have many real problems and perplexities which their infirmities do not permit them to solve unaided. Once on our list, they become members of our family. We help them to live, not merely to exist.”
The 1934 Trust Agreement
Consistent with this vision, beneficiaries who are accepted into the Jarvie Program receive a complement of services that are personalized for their particular situation. Accredited social workers call and visit beneficiaries on a regular basis, helping them to address health care needs, financial demands, living situations and other essentials of daily life. Direct financial assistance is also available for those who qualify.
As of June 2017, the Jarvie Program also employs a full-time Presbyterian chaplain, Rev. Marjory Roth, who visits beneficiaries to provide prayer, pastoral counselling and spiritual care. Rev. Roth also coordinates closely with the beneficiary’s own pastor and home church in order to ensure the best possible care.
“We visit, aid and comfort them in sickness and in sorrow; we contact them with physician and minister, with clinic and hospital; we arrange and rearrange their budgets, [and] advise as to housing and food.”