Foggy Bottom West End Village is headed in the right direction! The DC Office on Aging has identified the Village movement as a “Best Practice” for helping District residents remain independent in their own homes.
Aging-in-place “villages” started as a grassroots movement a decade ago in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Since then, Villages such as ours here in West End and Foggy Bottom have spread exponentially. The DC Metro area has the largest concentration of Villages in the country.
The DC Office on Aging has released a report saying the Village concept “has the potential to provide a number of benefits and create a mechanism for seniors to take the lead in providing support for their own neighborhoods.”
The latest Senior Needs Assessment continues: The Board and its five committees (Volunteer, Communication, Membership, Development / Fundraising, and Administration) have been busy turning ideas into action. These activities have included:
- First, a Village takes advantage of the opportunity for neighbors to serve as providers of basic support services.
- Second, the Village model promotes a sense of a social support within the community.
- Third, it has the potential to reduce the cost to government agencies when the Village community provides support services, such as transportation or coordinating volunteers to help seniors with grocery needs or similar requirements.
Foggy Bottom West End Village is on the cutting edge. Join us there, won’t you?