(Not to be confused with Feet First's project NEST, North East Seattle Trails) this wonderful non-profit organization is "dedicated to insuring that as we grow older, we can continue to live in our own homes, in the neighborhood that we love". It is built on the "Village Concept", an innovative approach to "aging in place" modeled after Beacon Hill Village in Boston, Massachusetts (www.beaconhillvillage.org) using local (NE neighborhood) volunteers to connect the community resources and social, educational opportunities to members in our neighborhood that want/need them.
What a great way to build resiliency in our neighborhood! In this time of the burgeoning Baby Boomer population coming into retirement age, declining economy (pensions and retirement income drying up, and social security's future in question); increasing management of our lives by governmental agencies and for-profit organizations (Medicare/Medicaid, Long Term Care and other insurance programs) - it seems very apropos to me that a group of volunteers form a "virtual village" to "build community and help reduce social isolation" -- a community in which the members decide what services they want offered. Members of all ages WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD create the network they need to fulfill their desires. If you are interested in this, you can attend an informational meeting on Friday, March 13, 1:00-2:30 PM, at the NE Seattle Library. For more information, call Debbie Anderson, the founder, at 206-527-0241, or e-mail her at email@example.com.