March Newsletter                   
The Peck Community Ensemble added musical highlights to our evening.
Barnabas' Annual Meeting Held,
Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Nassau County
Barnabas Center held its public annual meeting on Monday Feb. 20 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. For the more than 100 attendees, including donors, officials and volunteers this event was part 30th anniversary celebration, part tribute and part welcome to the agencies' newest members to their Board of Directors. Barnabas seated three new members to its Board: Amy Bryan, Amanda Crawford and Pam Field.

One of the meeting highlights was the announcement of the Campaign for Sustainability, with a goal of raising $1.5 million in endowed funds to help maintain the non-profit's many  programs in perpetuity. Local resident and business owner, Drenda Vijuk, announced her gift, a $300,000 gift to the endowment fund with the possibility of an additional $100,000 as part of a "match" if Barnabas can raise $300,000.
Barnabas President Wanda Lanier and Drenda Vijuk.
"Barnabas has always impressed me as being well run, but also having compassion for those who are struggling. So, it was an easy choice for me to make this gift to Barnabas. We are all here only a short time, but an endowment lasts forever", she explained.
     While the meeting was mostly centered on business both old and new, there was an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of one of Barnabas' longtime volunteers, local physician, Dr. Tom Washburn. Jim Mayo, a former Board of
Dr. Tom Washburn receives a special plaque for his compassionate service.
Director member, presented Washburn with a special plaque dedicating a room in the health center which read, "To Dr. Tom Washburn, whose extraordinary compassion, vision and tireless efforts created a healing space for uninsured individuals."  Dr. Washburn was the leader behind Barnabas' Samaritan Medical Clinic, which offered free medical services to lower income adults in Nassau County. From this clinic, Barnabas expanded into one of the major providers of comprehensive health services for uninsured adults in our area. Washburn offered his leadership from 2005 until his retirement in 2016.

Barnabas Medical Services Expands to West Nassau 
     In an effort to expand the reach of our medical services to residents of western Nassau County, Barnabas recently opened a clinic in Callahan, at the Nassau County Health Department located at 45377 South Mickler St. The clinic offers medical services for qualified Nassau County residents and is currently open on Fridays only.
Dr. Mary Robinson
     "Our goal in establishing the Callahan Clinic is to help those western Nassau County patients who might have to miss their medical appointments due to transportation barriers," explained John Bowls, Barnabas' Health Services Manager. "Once the patients have completed their intake they can receive their services at either the Callahan or Fernandina Beach facilities."
               This clinic, which began operation in December of 2016, is collaboration between Barnabas Center and the Nassau County Health Department. The volunteer physician is Dr. Mary Robinson, formerly the Medical Director for the Sulzbacher Center in Jacksonville.  This medical facility currently serves 15-20 patients a month. For more information on the Callahan Medical Clinic, please call John Bowls at 261-7000 ext. 109.
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We Invite You to Discuss How a Planned Gift Will Benefit Barnabas

Did you know we're here to help you protect your estate and support the causes you care about? Making a donation to Barnabas is a simple way to support programs and services that are consistent with your ideals and beliefs. And you may also gain a tax benefit from your planned gift. We would be pleased to help you name Barnabas as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or financial accounts. For more information about making a planned gift that would benefit the critical work of Barnabas in Nassau County, please contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Help & Hope Report July 2016 - February 2017

  • New To You resale store aided 169 households in need of clothing and home goods
  • Barnabas helped stabilize 260 households with rent, mortgage & utility payments and provided 21 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
  • Barnabas provided 158,883 pounds of food to 1,703 households
  • Barnabas instructed 16 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking Matters program
  • Barnabas Health Services treated 1,423 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
  • Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 81 women through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program 

Barnabas March Calendar of Events
March 10th                               Navigator for Affordable Care Act 9 am- 12 pm
 Barnabas Center                                                                         

March 12th                               Begin Daylight Savings Time

March 20th                               Callahan Food Distribution
                                                   County Multi-Use Facility/Callahan Fair Grounds

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New Faces
Barnabas Center welcomed Jeff McDowell in late January. He will serve as the Communications & Marketing Manager,

 which means, if you read or hear about the great work Barnabas is doing in the community, he probably wrote it, took the picture for it, or linked it to our web site.
If there's something
you would like to see in this newsletter please let him know! 
  or call him at 
904-261-7000 ext 108.

Looking Ahead
Barnabas Center will hold a Community
 Health Fair on Saturday, April 8th from 10 am to 1 pm at the County Multi-Use Facility, located at the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds in Callahan. 
There will be health screenings, raffles, and lots of great information presented by local health organizations. This is a no-cost event. For more information call Lynne at 261-7000 ext 118.