Village to Village Network Moves Headquarters to St. Louis
Local Executive to Lead International Senior Resource Organization
ST. LOUIS, MO, (January 6, 2015) – The Village to Village Network (VtV Network), an international nonprofit organization promoting the aging-in-community movement, has moved its headquarters to St. Louis, Mo. to better serve its members on both coasts and new villages in the middle of the country. To provide additional support, St. Louis area native Natalie Galucia has been named Director of the VtV Network. The office recently opened in the TechArtista building at 4818 Washington Ave. in the Central West End neighborhood.
The Village to Village Network provides guidance to Villages, non-for-profit membership organizations offering comprehensive support and social engagement to seniors wanting to maintain independence. Villages use trained volunteers and vetted businesses to provide a broad range of services, and members choose which services and activities they desire. This cost-effective model for addressing the needs of an aging population has experienced dramatic growth recently, especially in the Midwest, as more seniors opt to stay home as long as possible. Though each Village operates independently, the groups share best practices through the VtV Network.
The Village Movement made history with its successful 6 Annual National Village Gathering held on Sept 29-Oct 1, 2014. We had record attendance of 280 people and held the first Village Hill Day on Capitol Hill! The positive energy was palpable for the whole Gathering, from the start with our keynote speaker, DC’s Mayor Vincent Gray, to the many invigorating meetings at both Senate and House offices on the Hill.
Throughout the whole Gathering we heard about the current plans for the reorganized Village to Village Network as well as the renewed interest for Village research and strategic long range planning. The Gathering had amazing sessions on building diversity, hub and spoke Village models, and research results from our partner the University of CA at Berkeley and the Archstone Foundation. Attendees came away with renewed energy and commitment to the work of the Village Movement. Let’s keep it going!
If you’re interested in viewing any of the NVG presentations, they can be accessed through this link – http://bit.ly/13HTIuZ.
We Met the Match!
This past summer VtVN received a multiple year challenge grant. The goal for this year’s match was to raise $40,000! Thanks to many supporters, we topped the $40,000 mark in donations and pledges during the National Village Gathering.
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