No Place Like Home

Covers: Kennebunk, Maine and surrounding communities

Start Date: September, 2014

Mission, Vision & Goals

The Mission of No Place Like Home is to help older adults live in their own homes as long as they wish.

The Vision of No Place Like Home< is to build an age-friendly community that helps older adults thrive in their homes and neighborhoods, and remain engaged and valued. Goals: We work to promote, volunteer for, and grow The Center's free rides program. We are helping seniors keep their houses maintained. We are working with the town's Committee on Aging to support their goals.

Broad Overview

No Place Like Home (NPLH) connects aging residents of Kennebunk and surrounding towns with the support needed to thrive in their homes and communities, and to remain engaged and valued community members. We are working with a large network of community organizations and the town to make Kennebunk an age-friendly community. A key goal is to shift views of seniors (among community, seniors, business and provider community) from a resource drain to a rich asset pool of expertise, talent, and time. NPLH will rely heavily on volunteers, and be a member-directed, self-governing, organization, with subsidies for low income people.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

We have a Board of Directors

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

We partner with:

  • the town of Kennebunk
  • the town Committee on Aging
  • The Center (previously known as the Senior Center)
  • the Masons
  • Kennebunk Fire Department
  • Habitat for Humanity

What is the role of volunteers?

Volunteers are the leadership and the providers of service.

Strategies that have contributed to your success? Barriers you have encountered?

Success:
We piloted a neighbor helping neighbor program in a NARC. We help a number of focus groups. We held a power mapping and a strategy building sessions. We used a student intern to run an exercise program in a senior housing residence. We helped Kennebunk get the designation of Age Friendly Community by AARP. We helped establish the town's Committee on Aging.

Challenges
We are still a small group of volunteers.

Types of funding that your initiative has received

We has initial seed money which supported a staff person for about 9 months.

Community Initiatives

Transportation

Several of the Board members are volunteering for The Center's FISH program. We are promoting that free rides system.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

We are partnering with The Masons to offer small household maintenance projects.

Home Repair & Modification

We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to promote home weatherization projects.

Health & Wellness

We provided an intern to start an exercise and balance program in a senior residence.

Family, Caregiving Support & Respite

We have worked with a couple of families with major needs. We helped one family transition to a different living arrangement. We have helped a family dealing with dementia.

Region

Contact

Molly Hoadley
14 Bourne St., Kennebunk Maine 04043
nplhmaine@gmail.com
207-558-2270