The Village model was created in response to a growing need to be connected.
In a Village, members enjoy:
w Access to the social connections they need to thrive
w The support they need to age gracefully in their homes
w And the sense of community they desire.
Villages are nonprofit, grassroots, membership organizations that are redefining aging by being a key resource to community members wishing to age in place.
A Village reflects the community it serves and transforms the "Silver Tsunami" of aging baby boomers into a "Silver Reservoir" that grows and strengthens its community.
Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2002, the Village concept arose out of community members’ desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that address their changing lifestyles.
Today there are more than 300 villages in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Westside Neighbors Network is one of them!
There are three other such Villages in Seattle – NEST, Phinney Village, and Wider Horizons. Each of these villages is unique in its focus, and their experiences were and continue to be an invaluable resource to the Westside Neighbors Network.
In addition, Westside Neighbors Network has joined with the other three Seattle Villages to form the Seattle Village Advisory Task Force, in order to collectively enhance our abilities to achieve our individual village goals.