Village Model Overview
Villages are a grassroots effort to address the current and unfolding challenges of an older America. Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts 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 as they aged. See the PBS report on the national village movement.
There are over 190 open Villages and 185 developing Villages across the country that are members of the Village to Village Network. That translates to 25,000 Village members nationwide, and growing fast!
These villages share:
- A mission to help people remain in their community and in their own homes by providing support and enhancing their quality of life
- Focus on the whole person
- Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
Related Village-to-Village Network videos: