Mrs. Sandra Watson (right), CEO of the Real Estate Board makes a donation to Nurse Petal Toomer (right) of the St. Monica’s Home for the Elderly. Also pictured are other members of staff of the Real Estate Board (left to right): Gemeal Phillips, Suzaine McIntosh, Gail Dandy and Dwaine Forbes
The Real Estate Board continued its charitable relationship with the St. Monica’s Home for the Elderly by making a contribution to the facility on Tuesday February 24, 2016 which included toiletries, dry goods, tin foods and cleaning agents.
The donation was spearheaded by the Board’s Staff Engagement and Corporate Outreach (SECO) Committee. In 2013 the staff initiated a relationship with the Home by asking them to identify a need, where the Board could assist. This resulted in the Board paving a portion of the outside area underneath the clothes line.
The St. Monica’s Home for the Elderly, located at White Marl, St. Catherine, is one of four centres operated by the St. Patrick’s Foundation, a registered charity founded by the late Monsignor Richard Albert. The Home has been providing effective geriatric care to persons in need since 1981. A part of the foundation’s mission is “to seek to alleviate human suffering and to better the quality of life within low income settlements by empowering inhabitants with the basic tools necessary for their advancements.” The Foundation is a completely privately-funded, Catholic-based charity.
Long-time Supervising Senior Nurse, Petal Toomer, accepted the items on behalf of the Home. “On behalf of the staff and residents of St. Monica’s, I’d like to say a big thank you to the Real Estate Board this donation. It is indeed greatly appreciated and needed and will therefore be put to good use.”
The facility houses thirty-four persons at full capacity, served by a staff complement of approximately fourteen persons. Nurse Toomer also indicated that there was currently a waiting list of almost four-hundred (400) to become resident at the facility – indicative of the plight of the elderly in Jamaica, challenged by limited welfare facilities, difficulty in obtaining suitable housing and inadequate physical care.
In making the donation on behalf of the members of staff, some of whom were on hand, Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Board, Sandra Watson expressed pleasure at being able to make such a donation. “The Real Estate Board considers itself a socially responsible entity and we look for opportunities to give back to our community. The staff of the Board has rallied around this cause and given with our hearts and pockets here today,” Mrs. Watson explained. “The elderly is among the most vulnerable among us and certainly we feel blessed to be able to contribute in whatever way we can,” she added.
The Real Estate Board was established under the Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act to ensure that all persons who practice real estate, including dealers, developers and salesmen maintain an acceptable standard of professionalism.