Letter from the Director

January 2020

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year, the group welcomed in 2020 on the 28th of December so that I could celebrate with them. We had close to 100 participate, Kevin & I are going away on our annual trip for our Anniversary most of the month of January, hard to believe but we’ve been married 49 years on the 23rd of January. Time should does fly. Kelli, Kyle and Alex will be managing things for us at “Just” People and Beckel. Kelli knows how to reach us in an emergency, but our phones will not accept calls.

This past year has really flown by for all of us at “JP”. Flowery Branch is a year old now and hopping! One of the Firepits is complete and the group has already started using it on cool evenings, in fact, they had a Christmas Carol Sing Along with Kevin on Baking with Becky Night. We have hired a new Chef his name is Kevin (not my Kevin) and has already made an impression on the group and parents. He is born and raised man from Flowery Branch in fact he lives across the street from the property. He is excited about this opportunity; and he has already been through a Health Inspection of the Kitchen and received a score of 96. We are all very glad to welcome Chef Kevin to the “Just” People Family.

Thing are running very smooth at the Fulton Village, but it is 15 years old now, so things are started to need to be replaced. Work orders are a must to get anything repaired or replaced, please don’t just stop Maintenance Men and request things, they have an order list to follow. Of course, emergencies do take priority, but still need to go through Alex.

Kelli and I would like to THANK everyone that contributed to the Wish List this year. Your generosity made it possible for all wishes to be filled (within reason). Many individuals were able to attend Holiday Events that they could not really afford to attend, and every apartment got a gift for them to share. (ie: Keurig’s, Air Fryers, Mops, Silverware, Microwave, Pots & Pans etc.) We would also like to THANK all the families that either made or donated food for our Holiday Dinners (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Also, to all the families that came out and prepared the dinners, served the meals and helped with the cleanup. The groups on both properties truly enjoyed the meals and the company of the families.

Thank you also to everyone that came out for Open House, we went through over 350 Nametags. This Annual Event is one of the individuals in “JP” favorites. They love sharing their families with their friends and all the staff of “JP”. Kelli and I also enjoy seeing everyone. I think the event helped a lot of our new families feel more comfortable with our Program, by seeing so many happy faces.

We are looking forward to another wonderful year at “Just” People and we hope that all our Individuals, Staff, Families and Support Friends have a Healthy, Safe, Fun and Happy 2020.