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SJP Focuses on Lower-Income Older Adults in Annual Community Report

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November 28, 2018

Between all of its service lines, St. Joseph of the Pines cares for 1,500 older adults across six counties every day.

The annual Community Report produced by St. Joseph of the Pines shows that 67 percent of those adults have lower incomes.

"Regardless of the socioeconomic status of each resident, we create environments where they live that enhance quality of life while reflecting value and respect," said Lori Portfleet, president at St. Joseph of the Pines. "Our core values include honoring the sacredness and dignity of every person, standing with and serving the most vulnerable, and fostering right relationships."

St. Joseph of the Pines is perhaps best known for its independent living campuses at Belle Meade and Pine Knoll. However, the nonprofit also has four independent living campuses under the Providence Place brand in Aberdeen, Carthage, Red Springs and Robbins.

"Our Providence Place residents must meet annual income limits as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development," Portfleet said. "We have offered affordable housing with income-based rents to those residents since 1995, and each campus is in a beautiful, quiet location."

In addition to independent living, St. Joseph of the Pines offers assisted living at The Coventry and three Family Care Homes; skilled nursing and short- and long-term rehabilitation at The Health Center; a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program in Fayetteville; and a Home Care agency for older adults in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore and Robeson counties.

“St. Joseph of the Pines has always been a mission-driven, innovative health organization,” said Cheryl McNeill, chair of the St. Joseph of the Pines Board of Directors. “We look forward to identifying opportunities to remain a leader in improving the health of our communities and each person that we serve.”

St. Joseph of the Pines, one of the largest employers in Moore County with about 750 colleagues, also provided a community benefit in its 2017-2018 fiscal year of more than $1.8 million.

“Our legacy of caring and commitment started more than seven decades ago when St. Joseph of the Pines was founded by the Diocese of Raleigh,” McNeill said. “SJP colleagues and volunteers selflessly invest their time, talent and treasure to fulfill our mission of being a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.”

The report shows that SJP donated $1.7 million in assistance to programs for the less fortunate and another $139,814 to community-based programs.

"We are proud of all that St. Joseph of the Pines does, especially as it relates to positively affecting the community's health and taking care of vulnerable adults," Portfleet said. "Our partnerships and innovative approaches result in a reduction in the need for hospitalizations and readmissions, foster safer home environments, nurture a vitality of everyday life, and provide high quality medical access when needed.

"We have a long history of making a difference in Moore County and the surrounding region."

St. Joseph of the Pines is an aging services network offering a full continuum of retirement housing, health care and community-based services for older adults as well as community outreach to those in need. It is a Trinity Health Senior Community continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.

Contact:
Ted Natt, Community Benefit and Communications Coordinator
(910) 246-3125