NCB Capital Impact recently announced six pilot sites to receive technical assistance grants boosting expansion of the “Village” model in California. These technical assistance grants were made possible by The SCAN Foundation, which awarded a Promising Program grant to NCB Capital Impact in July 2009. The Villages concept is a community-based, non-profit organizations that address the rapidly growing demand among baby boomers and the elderly to remain living in their own homes among friends and neighbors while also fulfilling their health care needs related to aging. Each Village is customized to local needs and serves as a community-based alternative to complement other long-term care supports. To date, Villages have sprouted up in over 40 communities nationwide.
“Older adults of varying functional abilities want and are able to live in their communities of choice with the appropriate supportive network. The SCAN Foundation is pleased to support NCB Capital Impact and their strategic partners, as part of our Promising Programs Initiative, in expanding Village model in California and bringing a fresh approach to supporting community living for seniors.” said Dr. Bruce Chernof, President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation.
The six pilot Villages are: NEXT and Marin Village in San Francisco; Concierge Club/Elderhelp of San Diego and Tierrasanta Villages in San Diego; and Westchester Village Network and Wise & Healthy Aging in Los Angeles. The selected pilot organizations will receive hands on technical assistance consulting from the NCB Capital Impact project team. The project team consists of NCB Capital Impact and its partners: Beacon Hill Village, the Center for the Advanced Study for the Aging at University of California Berkeley and Susan Poor Consulting. Many of these pilot sites will test new ways to integrate the Village principles in to their organization and will test technology tools to build capacity for the organization. The pilot organizations were selected based upon the ability to be fully launched or operational by July 2010 (end of grant); commitment to the Village principles; socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of population served; and had a unique implementation strategy for the Village model within their community.