About At Home Downeast
The Village Concept
At Home Downeast launched in 2012. It is modeled on the Village to Village Network. In each of nearly 150 locations around the U.S, people have banded together to create 501(c)3 self-directed or governed organizations catering to the needs of seniors who want to remain in their own homes as they grow older. While the model has been the pioneering Beacon Hill Village in Boston they vary from urban to rural in nature, each with specific needs and challenges.
Members pay an annual fee for a range of critical services provided by volunteers or paid staff, and can be referred to vetted service providers for additional services. Annual fees range from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars, depending on the services offered, level of volunteerism, extent of grants and donations, and the income level of the member.
The core service offered by most villages is transportation, especially for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Services in the areas of odd jobs, emergency food preparation, technology assistance and home maintenance may also be provided by volunteers or by vetted professional service providers. Many programs provide a social component that supports exercise programs, lectures, movies, attending concerts, or access to community meals to help members connect with their community.
Each village is different. At Home Downeast will be unique to the Blue Hill Peninsula.
There's no place I'd rather be than in my own home with the garden I nurtured for 30 years."
-- Meredith R.