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Silicon Valley Village Is A New Idea Whose Time Has Come

New Villages are blossoming like flowers throughout the United States.  No, I’m not referring to new towns.

Villages are new consumer driven, self-governing, non-profit organizations run by volunteers and staff that coordinate programs and affordable services for members who wish to stay in their home and community as they age.  See my earlier blog post for an introduction to the concept.

Just two months ago the Village to Village (VtV) Network set up their website.  This partnership between Beacon Hill Village and NCB Capital Impact is a unique peer-to-peer, member driven organization that will bring communities together to expand choice for older adults. They are a great resource.

Click>here for a link to a powerpoint on the village concept presented by Susan Poor of San Francisco Village and Lisa Hendrickson of Avenidas Village on March 11, 2010.  There’s lots of information there.

Click>here to join in on the LinkedIn discussion group with Santa Clara Senior Roundtable.

Villages should be formed so as to not create competition with senior centers, but rather to build upon their services provided.  A number of Villages have been supported by senior centers and other providers either through free or reduced space for operations or having back office administrative supports provided by the senior services organization.  Often, existing senior service providers are limited in the number of people they can serve  either through funding restrictions or program guidelines.  The local Village offer services that compliment existing providers.