Debra Jamersonâs favorite stories are the ones wherein her business, the Haven in Allyn, has helped someone live a longer life.
These stories, and the people theyâre about, give her purpose â like the story about Fred, who came to the Haven on hospice care in 2013Â following a cancer diagnosis. He was expected to only live another couple of months.
âHe lived on South Shore and I met him at Harrison Hospital and he was so hopeless,â Jamerson recalled. âHe came here and after a few days of care, I saw hope in his eyes. He kept getting better and so they had to take him off hospice. He went back home and lived another year.â
The Haven in Allyn celebrates its 10-year anniversary this May, and to this day, Jamerson says that the assisted-living facilityâs greatest accomplishments are still just helping people live longer, happier lives.
âOur major accomplishments are taking little, old people who are dying, bringing them here, feeding them, taking care of them and adding years to their life,â she said. âThatâs priceless.â
The Haven in Allyn invites people to come, tour the facility and celebrate its anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at the Haven, where 2 Margaritas will cater a free lunch.
The facility will have a bounce house for children out front, and Jamerson hopes people will come to learn more about the Haven.
âThere are still too many people who donât know we exist,â she said. âI donât want people to wait until the bottom falls out of their lives before they come here.â
Jamerson experienced several different careers before finding her calling at the Haven.
When she and her husband, Ron Jamerson, lived in California, Debra Jamerson had a real-estate license and sold homes. Later, when they moved to Washington, she used her nursing degree to teach other budding health-care professionals at Olympic College.
While visiting an assisted-living facility in Bremerton with her students, teaching them how to care for the elderly, Jamerson said she was struck by divine intervention â she had a vision from God telling her to open her own assisted-living facility, a dream sheâd had 30 years earlier.
âThatâs when that vision came back to me where I was in charge of a nursing home facility,â she said. âI had been on this journey for years, asking God where do I belong, where do I fit.â
After having that vision, Jamerson encountered what she felt was another sign.
She and her husband had just bought their home in Mason County when their real-estate agent accidentally sent them the listing for the building that would become the Haven in Allyn.
âHe told me later that he didnât even know why he sent…