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The M. R. Conic Foundation was established in 2001 to build an independent living village and related services for older adults in the Jackson, Mississippi area. The project, “A New Beginning”, is a community that promotes an independent and fulfilling lifestyle in a welcoming environment where all people thrive and live with purpose. It is an active community with health and fitness activities, lifelong learning opportunities, recreational and social activities, spiritual and cultural enrichment, and more.

While enriching the lives of aging adults is the main priority, the M. R. Conic Foundation wishes to concurrently uplift Hinds County through collaborations with different agencies and participation in revitalization efforts for Jackson, Mississippi.

To use our resources wisely, we want to partner with such agencies as the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mississippi State Department of Health, the Department of Aging and Elder Services, the Family Caregiver Alliance, and Jackson State University.

Environmental and recreational collaborations are also important, so we look forward to exploring innovative programming with Audubon Mississippi; Lake Hico; LeFleur’s Bluff State Park; Mississippi Forestry Commission; Mississippi Museum of Natural Science; Mississippi Petrified Forest; Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; Mynell Gardens; Pearl River; Pelahatchie Bay; Pascagoula River Audubon Center; and more.

We also anticipate working with the Mississippi Tourism Association and the City Jackson to promote group cohesion and civic engagement for our residents. Places such as the Alex Williams House, Ayer Hall, Farish Street Neighborhood Historic Distirct, Mississippi State Capitol, Smith Robertson Elementary School, West Capitol Street Historic District, and the John W. Boddie House in Tougaloo are organizations with which we would like to create and nurture a sustainable relationship.

To empower our residents and in some cases improve their knowledge and understanding of history, we believe that incorporating culturally-relevant activities that reflect African American culture and life into our programming will be beneficial. These experiences may affirm and validate our residents’ sense of being, belonging, and purpose. Therefore, connecting with the African American Military History Museum, African American Museum, Black History Museum, Burns-Belfry Museum and Cultural Center, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Natchez Museum-African American Culture, Oakes African American Culture, Smith Robertson Museum, and the Wilkinson County Museum are high priorities in our planning schematic.

From the rolling foothills into the plains, to the miles of sandy beaches on the coast and everywhere in between, we want to promote an active and vibrant lifestyle among our residents. Guided by excellence, Christian principles, and respect for our heritage, we are dedicated to promoting an independent and fulfilling lifestyle in a welcoming environment where all people thrive and live with purpose. 

“Hope is sweet, illumining, fulfilling, and can be everlasting. Therefore, continue to hope throughout the beautiful sunset of your life.”

Adapted from ― Sri Chinmoy, My Life’s Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment
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