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What is St. James NEST?



St. James NEST (SJNEST) is a volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization made up of St. James' neighbors helping neighbors within St. James Plantation. Its purpose is to provide services and support to St. James' residents to enhance their ability to make 'aging in place' a reality. Whether your needs are for transportation to appointments, minor home or personal assistance, or simply a daily check up call, our Volunteers are available to help.

You can find a complete list of St. James NEST services here.

St. James NEST is part of the national village movement which started in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, more than twenty years ago. The village movement is an innovative concept that has emerged in the last decade in the field of support services for community-dwelling older adults. The village movement is one of the most viable options to let our society cope with the upcoming “Revolution Aging.”

Help Desk Phone Number: (910) 250-8388

Help Desk Hours: M-F, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

We looked beyond conventional solutions. We wanted more freedom and control than we found in models that focus on single issues, such as housing, medical care, or social activities. We wanted to be active, taking care of ourselves and each other rather than being “taken care of".






February 12, 2024- Listen to St. James NEST Village Leaders, Linda Shaw (Volunteer Committee Chair), Sheila Sullivan (St James NEST Vice President), and Tom Echter, St. James NEST Treasurer discuss why they love their work supporting the NEST organization. 

February 7, 2024 -  St James NEST Seminar- Strategize Your Travel Safety - The State Port Pilot article by Eliot Duke, published on February 7, 2024 edition recapping our third 2024 Speaker Series event, "Take the Right Moves"

December 5, 2023 – Listen to St. James NEST Village Leaders, Ellen deGroof (Membership Committee Chair), Barbara White (Board member and St. James NEST Compliance) and Meg Meyer (Marketing Committee Chair) discuss why they love their work supporting the NEST organization.

November 1, 2023 - From The Washington Post, an excellent article on aging.


Taking Steps to Minimize Cancer Risks for You and Your Family

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 – 3:00-4:30 pm

Speaker: Heather King, Hope Abounds Network

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

The Importance of Food Choices as We Age

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 3:00-4:30 pm

Speaker:  Janice Shannon, MS, CNS, LN, JES Nutrition and Wellness

For more information and to register, visit the event page.


If you missed any of the programs in the 2023-24 Take All the Right Moves for Health and Safety series, you can view a recording (and handouts, if available) of the presentations, which are listed here. Great info!