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Saturday, April 06, 2019

2019 Georgia Legislative Wrap-up for Seniors Public Meeting at Big Bethel Village

National Church Residences Atlanta will hold a public meeting ‪Thursday, May 2, 2019‬, to provide seniors throughout the community with an update on the 2019 legislative priorities, political process, and how seniors fared this session. State Representative Roger Bruce, District 61 will lead the conversation. Information on the Council on Aging and the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE) will also be discussed.

The meeting will be held at Big Bethel Village, ‪500 Richard Allen Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.‬

For more information about the meeting, please email Sojourner Marable Grimmett at or call ‪(404) 783-3522‬.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sojourner Marable Grimmett Named to the Family Health Centers of Georgia Board of Directors

I am honored to be elected to serve as a new board member for The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc. (FHCGA). FHCGA is making a tremendous impact in the West End and greater metro Atlanta area providing low-income residents with access to quality healthcare and services allowing them to live healthier lives, and considers women's and children's health a key priority for healthy communities.

For more information, please visit FHCGA at


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Atlanta Hip-Hop Artist Future's FreeWishes Foundation Makes Donation to Big Bethel Village #GiftOfLoveATL

Photography: Trenton Brown
After learning that senior residents at Big Bethel Village, an affordable senior housing community in southwest Atlanta were fundraising for new computers, international recording artist Future, along with his mother Stephanie Jester and sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson, stepped in to make their big wish a reality.

The FreeWishes Foundation in partnership with National Church Residences surprised 120 seniors right before Valentine’s Day with a grand re-opening ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated computer lab. The updated computer lab was named in honor of the late Ruby Nell Gates, who is Stephanie Jester’s grandmother, and the reason the foundation was created.

“It is our goal to empower seniors with the ability to confidently utilize computer technology and increase their digital literacy,” said Stephanie Jester, co-founder of the FreeWishes Foundation. The computer lab features modern furniture, desktop computers, a copier and fax machine.

“In order to connect and positively impact our senior community, we have to find ways to bridge the gap between the generations. This modern space will be fundamental in bringing us closer with our gatekeepers of the community,” said Tia Wilburn-Anderson, co-founder of the FreeWishes Foundation.

“We are so thankful for this amazing donation that will transform the lives of our senior residents who do not have access to the internet and social media,” said Heather Murray, service coordinator at Big Bethel Village. “Seniors will benefit from computer literacy training and independence in using the library on a regular basis.”   
Remarks were given by Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone, who welcomed guests to the celebratory event. Community partner JenCare sponsored refreshments after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were also asked to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #GiftOfLoveATL or #FreeWishesFoundation and to follow @FreeWishesFoundation on all social media platforms.

For more information, please contact Sojourner Marable Grimmett, director of external affairs, Atlanta Region for National Church Residences at (404) 783-3522 or 

About National Church Residences 
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit

About the FreeWishes Foundation
The FreeWishes Foundation is 501(c)3 organization that aims to engage, encourage, and empower youth and senior citizens in marginalized communities to live abundantly full lives. For more information, visit

Friday, December 21, 2018

Stuff the Bus Senior Donation Drive Featuring Partnership with National Church Residences - Atlanta and Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone (Video)

Stuff the Bus Senior Donation Drive Featuring Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone from Atlanta City Council on Vimeo.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, National Church Residences partnered with Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone to host its first Stuff the Bus for Seniors Donation Drive to address food insecurity in its communities and the surrounding metro Atlanta areas. 

All food donations and new household products were delivered and distributed to National Church Residences properties and to older adults in need who live in the surrounding communities.

For more information about the Stuff the Bus campaign, please contact Sojourner Marable Grimmett, director of external affairs, Atlanta Region for National Church Residences at (404) 783-3522 or