Adelaide’s Homes Celebrates

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Thursday, November 1, 2012 will begin a weekend to remember in Saint Lucia as the Adelaide’s Homes, the most progressive elderly   homes in Saint Lucia, celebrates several milestones. The occasion of the   100th birthday of one of its residents will also be the early celebration of   the twenty-eighth anniversary (officially January 2013), and will mark the   sod-breaking ceremony of a new expansion.Augustus Justin, founder and Managing Director of   first the Adelaide then Frances and now Johnson’s home for the elderly and   poor, says the triple celebration will facilitate all those who regularly   celebrate with them. Relatives, friends and supporters have been invited to   the momentous commemoration, which will culminate on November 4, 2012.

The homes have helped many in financial, spiritual   or emotion need over the years and Justin says his rewarded is the regard of   persons in his care. One such individual is 99-year-old Martha Adelaide, who   he considers his “third mother”, whose birthday will be part of the   celebration.

Born November 02, 1912, Martha’s memories are a   geographical and periodic history of Saint Lucia, moving from the rural to   the urban, from an undeveloped to a modern society. She has seen the country   move to statehood and then independence, observing both the coronation and   diamond jubilee of Queen Elisabeth II.

From her rural beginnings to the upscale home of the   Delieu family in Vigie, Martha’s cooking and housekeeping skills served her   well. The Delieu family, whose portraits grace her living space along with   depictions of Christ and the saints, took care of her even after she could no   longer work. Unmarried and childless, Martha has outlived most of her family   but still fondly remembers her sister.

Martha has also donated greatly to charity through   the sale of home-made treats such as Rotis, Comfort, Bool, Coconut Balls etc.   She would walk every day from Vigie to the city centre to make her sales but   never neglected her job.

Despite the Marian Home receiving all her donations,   Marta chose the Adelaide’s Home in December 2009 as the best place to live   her older years.

Her body still under her control, her mind still   sharp, Martha is animated when speaking about her upcoming centenary   celebration. Justin has chosen to make her birthday the focal point to launch   the expansion and celebration of the homes’ twenty-ninth anniversary.

The expansion of the Johnson’s Home at the Morne,   the latest addition to the Adelaide’s family, comes at a cost of   approximately EC$2.8 million. Run by a board headed by George Theophilus and   former high court judge Suzy d’Auvergne, the Johnson’s Home exemplifies Mr.   Justin’s vision of a facility that is not profit-driven or subject to the   whims of an individual but open to all those in need and maintaining the   reputation for an exceptionally high quality of life for the elderly.

This major extension of the Johnson’s Home will be   done in partnership with supporters of the Adelaide’s Homes. The project will   include an additional chapel, twenty-three more bedrooms, toilets,   supplementary living rooms, a meeting room, parking facilities, the   installation of more ramps and additional staff.

Justin says of the $2.8 million expansion, “It   frightens even me” but he is determined to make this gift to Saint Lucia. “We   have to be cognizant of the fact that our children may not be there for us   during our twilight years. I have dedicated the remaining years of my life to   ensuring that the quality of life offered to the elderly residents at the   Adelaide Homes is not compromised.” The major work is scheduled to begin in   January 2013 and be completed by the 30th anniversary in 2015.

The weekend will begin with a holy mass on Thursday   November 1 from 5p.m. This will be followed by a boat ride on Saturday   November 3 and end with another event on Sunday November 4. The weekend will   not be focussed solely on fundraising but will cater to giving residents,   families, friends and supporters from here and overseas a chance to mingle   and have some fun.

IN PHOTOS

Ade 8 – Augustus Justin examines plans for an   extension on the Johnson’s Home

Ade 1 – Martha Adelaide is still alert at age 99

Ade 7 – Photos of her former employers the Delieu’s   are among the many adorning Ms. Adelaide’s room at the Adelaide’s Home

—ENDS—

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