On Thursday May 26th, 2022 Vibrant Aging Community Center (VACC) was formally commissioned by the Paramount Chief of Effutuland Traditional Areas, Neenyi Ghartey VII, in Winneba, Ghana, Central Region.
It is true that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. VACC began its improbable journey with a single step of faith by its founder, Dr. Francesca Colecraft Dwamena in 2016. Right from the beginning, all who became involved understood the enormity of the vision and mission, preparing themselves as best as they could for the challenge. Each keenly appreciated from the start that this most audacious goal of creating a vibrant and engaging assisted living facility for senior citizens in Ghana would demand stoutness of heart, intestinal fortitude, focus, discipline and a dedicated community of willing and able participants, to assist, guide, and to bring to fruition the vision. With its formal commissioning on Thursday May 26th 2022, a significant milestone was reached, and thanks to the collective effort and participation, done so with resounding success!
The morning’s event kicked off with a thrilling traditional welcome by the School of Creative Arts University of Education Cultural Troupe. There were inspirational speeches, goodwill messages, exhortations, and prayers, a special gift presentation to VACC by Dr. Esi Ansah, Director of Association for Ghana’s Elders (AGE), the unveiling of bust of the late Mr. Joseph Assandoh-one of the inspirations for VACC, the ribbon cutting and dedication service, followed by guided tour of the facility.
VACC is grateful to all who are playing a part, special kudos to those who toiled continually and undauntedly behind the scenes getting the facility launch ready. The light rains indeed were showers of blessings adding to the motivating and gracious words of well wishers, the media coverage focus on senior citizens, -an expectant atmosphere of a dawning of a hopeful new day for our aged citizens.
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What some said:
“At the commissioning of Vibrant Aging Community Center, Winneba…..Wow! What a blessing to our senior citizens!!! We pray this center will bring joy to all our elders who will come to call this center home. Praying for many more Vibrant Aging Community Centers around the country soon….” Maggie Parker
“I recommend GAFICS members organize a tour of the facility in Winneba. It is quite impressive” A GAFICS member
“…An outstanding feat of accomplishment indeed with the realization of VACC…VACC is visionary, it’s impressive, it’s necessary, it’s a real solution to a real emerging problem in society. God bless you..”. Vincent Parker
“..Addressing a very important need of the neglected Senior Citizens in the town. Hope other towns with the help of Social Services will take a positive step to get similar facilities built in other parts of the country. Wonderment, above wonderful.” Unknown
“Trailblazers. What a blessing to humanity. Ghana needs lots of these for the aging populace” Alexander Appea
“Amazing things are happening in Ghana….Congratulations Team VAC#adultcare.” Paa Kwesi Ghansah
Now the real work begins.