A group of Vincentians living in New York recently constructed a dwelling place for an elderly woman in North Leeward.
The group, JEMS: Hope for Home, assisted the needy woman after becoming aware of her dire living, social and health circumstances.
Over EC$7,000 was raised and used to aid the beneficiary in receiving a new home, transforming her social conditions dramatically.
JEMS which has been in existence for two years now in New York, has been previously involved in providing food packages to 61 families in North Windward, 25 families in West St. George, other families in Bequia, and two community clinics — Stubbs and Enhams — in the East St. George area from which a number of its members hail.
JEMS, which is headed by president Carol Simmons, holds annual barbecues and bus ride events and this year added a boat ride event, through which it raises funds, which are then used for humanitarian projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“JEMS sees their efforts as an opportunity for them to give back to their country and are happy they can help their fellowmen at home,” a release said.
“Local liaison officer for JEMS, Anesia Baptiste, expressed happiness at the fact that JEMS’ hard work has provided a safe and comfortable place of abode to an elderly woman whose conditions were previously deplorable and joins with JEMS in thanking all local volunteers who worked on the project,” the release further said.