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The Village Movement

The Village movement began in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA with a group of neighbors who envisioned a better way to age allowing them to remain in their own homes and neighborhoods.  After a couple of years of research and different philosophies the concept of the Village was born and the first Village, Beacon Hill Village opened in 2001. Since then the movement has spread across the United States with over 200 Villages either open or in development.

These Villages are not physically separated retirement communities, but rather virtual societies in which seniors relate to one another and are offered non-medical social and health care resources along with volunteer service providers in order ensure that they can remain safely and productively in their own homes for as long as is reasonably practical.

Characteristics of a Village

Villages are "volunteer first", organizations that use trained/screened volunteers to deliver most services.

Villages provide a "one call does it all" approach.

Volunteers provide Village members with services such as transportation, shopping, simple household chores, seasonal yard work, everyday small  household repairs and maintenance, computer, TV remote controls and other electronic troubleshooting, etc.

Villages do not duplicate existing services, they fill the gaps in current or overloaded existing public services. 

Pre-screened vendors provide professional services and home repairs to the members at a reduced fee.

Villages build relationships and develop community through social activities such as book clubs, exercise/wellness activities, and educational /cultural programs.

You can learn more about the national Village movement via: Village to Village Network