For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest."
Founded in October, 2007, Nursing Homes Swing’s mission is to bring joyful noises to quiet lives. We bring live concerts, performed by local professional musicians, to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult care facilities in Albemarle County, VA. We now serve twelve facilities for the elderly once a month each. These concerts benefit both the residents and the performing musicians by increasing social interaction for the elderly and providing a venue for the musicians to hone their skills and heighten their awareness of the conditions of the confined. Our goal is to add more venues to the circuit.
Some of the area's finest musicians provide the music that brings joyous sounds to quiet lives. We are a non-profit organization and support comes from grants (BAMAWorks and the Better Living Foundation) and donations with all fund raising proceeds going solely to pay the musicians.
Some NHS! Facts:
- Yearly budget is a shoestring! It’s totally used up each year.
- ALL monies raised go to the musicians, as NHS is run by volunteers.
- It’s a pittance! But it keeps musicians coming back.
- We have more musicians than ever participating in this program, and had almost 2000 attendees total at over 90 performances this past year.
- NHS is the brainchild of Jackie and Bob Hostage, who started NHS! in 2007. Bob passed away in summer 2013, but Jackie continues to keep this program going with help from her many friends.
Meet our team:
Jackie Hostage, Chair, who with her husband, Bob, started Nursing Homes Swing! in 2007 as an outreach program of Church of Our Saviour. She now coordinates the various functions.
Mary Beth Revak, lead singer for ACME Swing Mfg. Co. and NHS! Co-Chair, handles the programming of all the events.
Brad Sayler, vocalist and dancer, not only performs for NHS! but also attends many of the events to insure that things run smoothly.
Bob DuCharme, bassist and technical writer at Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. often performs with his trio which includes Jason Lyman and Joe Tucker. Bob is also our invaluable Webmaster.
We have two very special advisors:
Rev. David Wayland guides us in the Episcopal communion and healing services that we offer before the music events.
Margaret Thacker, activities director at Golden Living Center, provides invaluable help in dealing with the activities directors at the nursing and assisted living homes that we serve.
Betty J. Queen Center, Cedars Healthcare Center, Charlottesville Health & Rehab., Charlottesville Pointe, Heritage Inn, JABA Day Care Center, Laurels, Lodge at Old Trail, Mary Williams Center, Morningside, Mountainside, Our Lady of Peace, Rosewood Village/Greenbrier, Rosewood Village/Hollymead.