JACKSON, MI – The Jackson Friendly Home for older women, one of the community's most venerable social-welfare institutions, has a new leader hired in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gabriella Tackett, who previously managed two housing care facilities at John Ganton’s Countryside Retirement Community in Jackson, was hired by the Friendly Home in April following an exhaustive three-month search.
“Gabriella was hired not only for her experience but for her vision of what the Home could be,” said Terry Langston, Chair of the Jackson Friendly Home board. “We are excited to have her fully in this role and look forward to working with her, community members, and donors to support women in the community who need a place to live.”
Langston said Tackett has responded admirably since she began her tenure during the particularly difficult circumstances of a pandemic that puts older people at particularly high risk.
“She has performed very well during the pandemic, working in partnership with Carrie Good from the John George Home to ensure that our ladies and the staff are taken care of. To date, we have had no residents test positive for COVID-19 and we have continued to enforce our best efforts to keep our residents safe and secure,” said Langston.
Tackett is a Clark Lake resident who has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She worked for New Friends Memory Care in Kalamazoo starting in 2015 and moved to the John Ganton’s organization in 2018.
“I look forward to continuing to transform the lives of senior women in this community by providing assisted living services at the Home,” Tackett said.
Carrie Good, Administrator for the John George Home had been the Interim Administrator, overseeing both facilities. “Carrie has done a remarkable job,” noted Terry Langston. “She is an excellent administrator and has worked really hard to make sure our community have facilities for both women and men. She will be missed.”
The Jackson Friendly Home was founded in 1878 for Civil War widows and orphans. Since 1908, the home has been located at 435 W. North Street in a building designed by prominent Jackson architect Claire Allen.
The Jackson Friendly Home is a licensed home for the aged for ladies 55 years and older. Jackson Friendly Home provides a high-quality lifestyle for ladies who are unable to completely care for themselves.