What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

Latasha Mathews, aka Nicky, serves up a smile at the Vinegar Hill Cafe. Latasha Mathews, aka Nicky, serves up a smile at the Vinegar Hill Cafe.

Vinegar Hill Cafe Welcomes New Staff Member, Latasha Mathews

Latasha Mathews, aka Nicky, started at Vinegar Hill Cafe about six weeks ago and enjoys her new role at the cafe at the Jefferson School City Center, in customer service. “I like the people and I like that it’s a nonprofit and I’m working for a greater cause,” said Mathews. Mathews, a Charlottesville native and a graduate of Monticello High school, also works at Staples as a Sales Associate and spends what little spare time she has with her son, eight-year-old Jabril.

“He’s finishing second grade at Red Hill Elementary,” Mathews said, adding that Jabril’s an enthusiastic basketball and soccer player.  She also volunteers with her church, Free Union Baptist Church, in their soup kitchen and at fundraising events. When she has time to herself, she likes to head to the casinos to work on her Texas Hold ‘em skills. “My dream is to play in the World Series of Poker,” she explained.

Her long-term goals include going back to school full-time to finish her associate’s degree. “I want to get my degree in business management and open my own business,” adding that she’s interested in possibly opening a clothing or antique store. For now, she enjoys working at Vinegar Hill Cafe and helping out at events like it’s Chillin’ and Grillin’ event on first Thursdays. On June 5 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Chillin’ and Grillin’ will feature live music and barbeque chicken and ribs fresh from the grill.

JABA Hosts “Commonwealth Coordinate Care” Info Session at Jefferson School City Center

The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) at JABA has announced two Charlottesville Town Hall Meetings to answer questions about the new Commonwealth Coordinate Care (CCC) program now being introduced by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Representatives of the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the three insurance plans will be on hand to provide information about the program, its benefits and coverage.

Both sessions take place Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA  22903. Sessions will be held in the lower level multi-purpose room; use Carver Recreation entrance.

SESSION A: 10:00am-12:00pm: For those receiving full Medicare-Medicaid benefits, their families and advocates

SESSION B: 12:00pm-2:00pm: For health care and service providers

Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) is a new program that seeks to better coordinate Medicare and Medicaid benefits for those individuals receiving both. CCC is designed to combine the same benefits as regular Medicare and Medicaid under one health plan with one insurance card. CCC also offers extra benefits not currently available through regular Medicare and Medicaid.

The new CCC plans will roll out in the greater Charlottesville area in August. Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries will be automatically enrolled unless they act to opt out. Providers will also be affected due to changes in the billing system. Enrollees and providers can expect to receive a letter explaining the changes.

To request special accessibility or other accommodations please email CCC@dmas.virginia.gov by May 21, 2014. For more information call JABA at (434) 817-5222.

Still Room in Kofi Busia Workshop May 16-18 at Common Ground

Kofi Busia is one of the world’s foremost teachers in Iyengar yoga tradition. He has been teaching for nearly 40 years and has held his Advance Certificate for 35 years. He has taught all over the world. He began yoga as a student at Oxford and has taught professionally ever since.

His workshop this weekend, held at Common Ground Healing Arts, features a series of asanas (workshops focused on body positions) and pranayamas (workshops focusing on the breath). The entire weekend package is $220 and $170 for asanas only (individual workshops are also available for purchase). Registration is available online.

All proceeds from this workshop will benefit Common Ground’s outreach programming. A limited number of props are available, so please feel free to bring your own mats and props if desired.

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