Â Â Â Â The national Village Movement began over a decade ago when 11 older adults living in Boston, MA joined forces to create a way for themselves to â€œage at homeâ€ and remain independent as long as possible. There are now over 130 established Villages nationwide with over 150 more in development, including 7 here in the Portland-Metro area!
This kind of village is neither a real estate development nor a retirement community. Village members continue to live in their own homes and can be homeowners, renters, sharing housing, or living with relatives. Villages are neighbor helping neighbor. They are networks of volunteers and reduced-cost professional support that
foster independent aging in community. RISE Village is a spoke of the Villages North West hub that is the administrative body supporting the development of villages in the Portland-Metro area: Eastside Village PDX (12 neighborhoods between I-84 and Powell), Northeast Village PDX (neighborhoods north of I-84), Viva Village (Beaverton area), Village Without Walls (Forest Grove, Cornelius, Aloha-Reedville), Three Rivers Village (Lake Oswego and West Linn area), and others developing in the south Portland/Multnomah Village/Johnâ€™s Landing area. When launched, RISE Village will serve Portlandâ€™s 11 neighborhoods south of Powell Boulevard, including Lents. This will make it possible for seniors and adults with disabilities living in those areas to grow old in the homes they love.
To get involved in RISE Village, meetings are held at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church on SE Gladstone at 34th on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. To learn more about the Village Movement visit www.VillagesNW.org or attend a Villages 101 presentation (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org) :
â–ª June 8 Fruit Face Smoothie Bar 9201 SE Foster 2pm
â–ª June 10 Sacred Heart Villas Comm. Room 3911 SE Milwaukie 6:30pm
More Information Sessions will be posted on the Villages NW website.