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  • Medical care during program hours will be limited to minor first-aid procedures as needed. In the case of an incident requiring first-aid or other medical care, the client’s family will be notified as soon as possible.

  • The Veranda is a social-based program and is not allowed, by law to administer any medications to clients. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications.


  • Payment for each week is due at the beginning of the first session of that week.

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday clients: payment due at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The $35 fee includes lunch.

  • Assistance may be available through the Julia A Ellis Scholarship Fund for families who demonstrate need.



“The Project”

Veranda Ministries and The Veranda were born due to the generosity of the late Julia A. Ellis of Nashville, Tenn. The relationship between Ms. Julia and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly grew well beyond typical client and caregiver. A unique bond of friendship developed between the two. Although her body’s physical condition prohibited independence, Ms. Julia’s mind remained sharp as a tack. One would never question her level of intelligence — and Heaven help those who dared try! In addition their daily talks about life, family, church and the Lord, many conversations often focused on the perception of senior adults, their purpose in society and helping seniors age with dignity. Those deep conversations evolved into “The Project,” the two ladies’ dream that paved the way for The Veranda, Veranda Ministries … and Ms. Julia’s living legacy.

The Julia A Ellis Scholarship Fund helps offset the cost of The Veranda’s services to families who may need assistance. An assessment of need for placement assistance occurs during family consultation with the director. Donations can be made by check, made payable to Veranda Ministries. Gifts may also be made online via PayPal, using the Donate link. Click here to make a donation.