Thirteen months ago, we learned that the Justa Center building was being listed for sale. After exploring local options, opportunities, and facing financial challenges, our future was very insecure. That all changed in August when Justa Board member, Nancy Hempy, convinced Laurie Roberts to visit Justa Center with the hope she’d tell our story. She did.
The article in the Arizona Republic caught the eye of Mary Lynn Kasunic, CEO for the Area Agency on Aging. She proposed that the Area Agency on Aging would purchase the building to ensure we could stay in the area of greatest need. After bringing her board on a tour of the day center, they approved the purchase of the building. Recognizing the growing number of seniors becoming homeless and the data reflecting that will continue to be a growing problem through 2050, the Area Agency on Aging made the decision to purchase the large empty lot next door to Justa Center to ensure there was room to expand to serve the needs of a fragile population.
Read the full press release: “AREA AGENCY ON AGING PURCHASES JUSTA CENTER BUILDING TO ENSURE PROGRAM SERVING ELDER HOMELESS KEEPS ITS HOME”
December 20th, 2019
We dropped the banner and posted signs that “We’re Home” with staff from Justa and AAA, board members from both, and several guests/members of Justa Center who celebrated the stability of Justa Center’s new home!
Justa Center will continue to serve seniors entering homelessness and support those who have regained housing knowing that our landlords, the Area Agency on Aging, share our passion for every senior to have a place to call home.