Federation Partner Spotlight: River Garden Senior Services


By River Garden Senior Services


Since 1946, River Garden has been providing an array of excellent elder care programs and services in Northeast Florida. Sponsored by the organized Jacksonville Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values. The agency has received a solid 5-star rating from both state and federal regulatory agencies, has earned the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care an unprecedented eight out of eight times, and was recently rated the no. 1 nursing home in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report.


Little, if any, of this outstanding record of excellence would be possible without the remarkable support of the greater Jacksonville community. Every year, as a result of a population consisting of about 50-percent Medicaid residents, River Garden experiences a budgetary shortfall on the magnitude of $1.25 million. In order to maintain the highest level of quality care, River Garden must rely on year-round fundraising.


The largest and most successful of its annual fundraising events is the River Garden Foundation Gala. The Gala, now in its 25th year, has indeed become one of the finest, and most anticipated, in town. It has helped educate the general community about the unique nature of River Garden, its national reputation as a model elder care agency, and what a special role it plays in the community. The friendships and partnerships that have been developed as a result of the Gala help River Garden toward its fundraising goals year after year.


River Garden is forever grateful for the continued support of the Jacksonville Jewish community, and the greater Jacksonville community at large. To help this wonderful agency continue to provide the best elder care programs and services in the state, please call Kathy Osterer, River Garden’s Chief Development Officer, at 904-886-8430 or email her at kosterer@rivergarden.org