The Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) Administration for Community Living hosted the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN), FEMA USVI, Beautiful Dreamers, Organic West Farms, VITEMA, My Brother’s Workshop and the Virgin Islands 911 System on behalf of senior residents of the Lucinda Millin Home in honor of Older Americans Month at the facility on May 30, 2019.
This year’s theme was “Connect, Create, Contribute” and focused on facilitating and raising awareness of activities that:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others
Following an invocation by Dr. Felix Durand from Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Public Computer Center was declared “back in business” with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Newly trained Resident Volunteer Jean Mukti Kuster received her Train the Trainer certificate from viNGN’s Anita Davis and is prepared to assist residents with digital coaching and the Absolute Beginners Computer Lab, an intro for those who are very new to technology.
FEMA USVI provided an example of an “Emergency GO Kit”, packed with essentials for the mind, body and spirit; Beautiful Dreamers offered an invitation to share and relieve storm traumas; Organic West Farms provided tips on maintaining mental vigor and physical vitality; VITEMA gave storm prep details and maps in advance of the start of Hurricane Season (June 1); VI 911 instructed everyone on how the system works and how best to get help; My Brother’s Workshop presented custom made game tables complete with cup holders to help residents to connect with each other and have fun with games like dominoes, checkers, cards and chess.
George Silcott, representing the office of VIHA Executive Director Robert Graham, informed seniors of plans for a new, state of the art facility and answered several questions from the audience. VIHA Community Services Specialist Michelle Joshua deftly managed the program while tending to the needs of all in attendance.
The Virgin Islands Housing Authority is actively engaged in gathering information on community residents throughout the territory with special needs to better mobilize in the event of any emergency. For more information on this and other VIHA initiatives, call:
- (340) 777-VIHA (8442) or TDD Line: (340)777-7725 (St. Thomas)
- (340) 778-VIHA (8442) or TDD Line: (340) 778-5245 (St. Croix)