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Introduction
Introduction

Valley Village is a caring and vibrant group of active seniors supporting each other as we age independently, in our homes. We collaborate to organize seminars on topics of general interest, especially those relevant to aging in place. We join together for excursions and other socials. When needed, some of us may help each other with household upkeep, transportation and more. We share a good list of reliable service providers in many fields. And we are working to expand member services in several areas. 

Valley Village connects members living in and around Harrisonburg, VA. Membership is open to anyone for a modest annual fee. Volunteer services are available to members over 60. We invite you to join Valley Village today! 

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Mission
Mission

The mission of Valley Village is to provide neighborhood members with community-building activities, and home-based services thereby promoting independence, convenience, safety and well-being, for those who wish to live in their own homes in a multi-generational community.


The purpose of Valley Village is to ensure that all individuals have access to services needed to live independently in their community as long as possible.


Valley Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusion and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical ability, religious belief or political affiliation.

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National Organization: Village to Village Network
National Organization: Village to Village Network

Valley Village is a member of the Village to Village Network, our national organization that supports local Villages across the US and beyond.



Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs, enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process.

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Valley Village History: A Dream in Development
Valley Village History: A Dream in Development

“Preparing for the future,” “Having an anxiety attack” or simply “Thinking ahead” are the thoughts that motivated two residents of Harrisonburg to begin conversation in 2007. Keith Gnagey and Paul Yoder soon discovered they were not alone as they met with others in search of a model that supported persons aging in their own homes. In fact, a national AARP survey determined that among those 75 and older, 95% say they want to stay in their homes as long as possible.


Keith and Paul explored Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities (NORCS), as well as the member-driven Village Model (first developed by Beacon Hill Village in 2001) where services are defined by the membership and a fee structure. They discovered that about 130 other “Villages” were in operation or development in the US. It was decided to create a village model in the Park View community which could be expanded to other parts of Harrisonburg, VA.


Interest grew quickly during exploratory meetings with local groups of mostly seniors during 2008-09. In May 2009, a Steering Committee was formed; later that year the group began operating under the umbrella of Valley Associates for Independent Living (VAIL).


Late in 2010, membership guidelines were drafted. Within the first three months of 2011, 30 households joined Park View Village. In January 2012, an application was submitted to obtain 501(c)3 charitable status; the status was granted on March 7, 2013. Our group joined Village to Village Network to benefit from the networking and knowledge sharing that VtV facilitates.


In 2018, the group was renamed Valley Village as part of an effort to expand membership and services beyond the Park View neighborhood. Overall, Valley Village has grown steadily, moving ahead, learning and taking steps to help members live independently in their homes.