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Community. Connection. Caring.
Letter from Our Interim Director
Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for STL Village. We are very excited to share this with you and to let you know how close we are to our Village being a reality, up and running June 1, 2014. We want this newsletter to be informational and inclusive, so when you read it, you feel a part of something important, in other words, a village.
Some of the things you can expect from your newsletter include:
STL Village Interim Director,
Arthur Culbert, Ph.D.
Best Wishes, Arthur Culbert, Ph.D.
Dates to Remember
Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary: "Age of Champions"
Follow the journey of five senior athletes who discover the power of the human spirit. Panel discussion to follow film.
Thur. May 15, 2014
Schlafly Branch Library
225 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO
STL Village Official Opening
We celebrate the official opening of STL Village. Complimentary food and beverages. Plus enjoy the signature STL Village cocktail created by Scape in celebration of the opening.
Sun. June 1, 2014
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Scape American Bistro
48 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO
For STL Village members only.
Newsletter Photos by
Cheryl Tadin Photography
Saving Memories Forever for
STL Village Members
Saving Memories Forever, a St. Louis-based organization that helps people record and share their life stories, has offered to provide all STL Village members with a free Premium Subscription. Saving Memories Forever is an online service that combines an easy-to-use smartphone app with a private website, SavingMemoriesForever.com.
The company was recently announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the Developer's Challenge at the RootsTech 2014 Conference. RootsTech is the tech show in the genealogical industry and is sponsored by the industry giants, including FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, and MyHeritage.
Saving Memories Forever is owned by Harvey and Jane Baker, who came up with the idea after taking years to develop their own family tree. During that process, they discovered that while they had lots of information, they didn't have any real understanding of who their relatives were. They realized that stories often best reflect a person's life and they are totally sold on the idea of audio stories .
Harvey and Jane Baker
Harvey and Jane live in the STL Village area footprint and eagerly anticipate joining STL Village!
Opportunities to Get Involved
Become a Member
Discover the benefits of STL Village membership.
Or visit stlvillage.org/membership/.
Find out how volunteers can use their talents and time to make a difference in our neighborhoods. email@example.com
Or visit stlvillage.org/volunteer/.
Explore how your individual or corporate donation can insure the success of STL village.
Or visit stlvillage.org/donate/.
Spotlight on Village Member and Volunteer
On August 1, 2012 Sondra moved into her daughter's house in Gaslight Square while Lisa finished her last two years in the Air Force at Eglin AFB in Florida. Even without other family in St. Louis, Sondra quickly fell in love with the CWE and decided she wanted to stay here. Through the CWE Association, she met Arthur Culbert, who told her about the Village concept and asked if she would like to join the Village Exploratory Committee. Little did she know how personal the Village would become only two months later.
Daughter Lisa with her mother, Sondra Bertz
I was walking my dog in Forest Park and heading home when I stumbled on the curb, fell, and broke my right wrist. A security officer from Washington University took me home, kenneled my dog, and drove me to the Emergency Room. Hours later, when I was ready to be released, I was asked how I was getting home. I said I would have to walk. That's when it hit me-I'm alone! With no family or friends in the area, I need a Village!
Now I'm a STL Village member with my own home, but I don't think of the Village as only a tool to support me staying here as I age. What I really look forward to is making new friends who share my enjoyment of living here, friends who will go out for a meal, take in an afternoon movie, visit the Art Museum, or just go for a walk on a fall afternoon. This is the Village I want to help develop!
Currently Sondra spends 20+ hours a week volunteering in the STL Village office. When she is not working for STL Village, Sondra enjoys walking her dog, reading, cooking, and traveling. This summer she will be traveling to Alaska and Vancouver with her brother from San Francisco as her travel companion.
Supporting Community Organizations
The following organizations have offered their support and endorsement of STL Village and its mission.
Sage Metro St. Louis
Aiding in the enhancement of the quality of life among LGBT older adults through service, advocacy, and community awareness.
Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation
4168 Juniata St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
Better Family Life
Community Outreach / Housing and Asset Development / Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Region 9 / Youth, Family, & Clinical Services
5415 Page Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63112
Central Reform Congregation
CRC represents the coming together of a diverse and inclusive group of individuals and families who accept the responsibility of maintaining a congregational community of respect and friendship
5020 Waterman Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63108
The Village Movement
STL Village is part of a national movement that began with two women from the Beacon Hill suburb of Boston in 2002. These 2 women decided they had no interest in selling their homes and moving to a retirement community. They wanted to age in their own homes in their own community....where they had friends, connections and years of memories.
The concept is to enable adults (usually over the age of 50) to "age in community." The member based village offers a "one stop shopping" place for everything and anything they want or need. To date more than 125 Villages are operating nationwide. Villages are funded through membership dues, donations and grants. Some Villages offer discounted memberships to low-income residents.
Each Village is formed through a grassroots effort of local citizen volunteers and sometimes paid staff. As more Villages are formed, each one builds and improves on the experiences of previous ones. Villages vary their organizational structures and the services and programs they provide according to the needs of their members. As the saying goes..."When you've seen one Village, you've seen just one Village."
The Village to Village Network (vtvnetwork.org) was created to help the movement advance. The organization offers resources to aid new and existing Village communities across the nation to establish, manage and improve their own Villages.
The St. Louis Village
In 2012, CWE resident Gloria Gordon enlisted the help of Arthur Culbert, Ph.D. to organize a group of dedicated citizens in the Central West End to explore the possibility of establishing a Village here in St. Louis. The group envisioned a welcoming, cross-generational and culturally diverse organization that includes the surrounding neighborhoods. Its members would be part of a community of support, fun, and fellowship that empowers its members to live where they want with the services they need. The membership area would include the neighborhoods within the borders of Page Boulevard, Vandeventer Boulevard, Clayton Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard.
They have accomplished their goal. On April 12, 2014, the STL Village will celebrate its launch with ceremonies at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
For more information go to www.stlvillage.org or call 314-802-0275. It's all about Community, Connection, Caring.
What People are Saying About the Village
"This appeals to people who want to be in charge of their lives more than they could before. "This way, you can age in your own way."
Gloria Gordon, St. Louis, MO
"I recommend the village movement to my estate planning clients and to other estate planning attorneys. I know I can rely on STL Village to provide amazing benefits to my clients who want to stay engaged in their community."
Jennifer Kovar, St. Louis, MO
"I think it's going to make an enormous difference in people's lives. A lot of little things can jar people from their homes."
Arthur Culbert, St. Louis, MO
We wish to acknowledge and thank our Strategic Partners for their generous support.
St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors
6633 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
A faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in the St. Louis, Missouri area helping Seniors and Caregivers in St. Louis with Senior Living Options and Communities as well as resources for care.
Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.
7400 Pershing Ave.
St Louis, MO 63130
A nationally known and certified woman-owned, multi disciplinary design firm located in St. Louis that creates fresh, intelligent, appropriate design solutions. Their services include identity, orientation and information design for the built environment as well as the highest quality print and new media design.
Sign Up and Get Involved
Anyone 50+ living within the boundaries of our service area may join for a yearly membership fee of $600 (or $50 per month) for an individual and $840 (or $70 per month) for a household. Low income subsidies are available.
If you would like to be on our list to receive an application or have additional questions, please contact our office at 314-802-0275 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org