The Village Network

Covers: Nashua, Hudson, and Litchfield in Hillsborough County, NH

Start Date: September, 2014

Mission, Vision & Goals

The mission of The Village Network is to help older residents to continue living independently in their own homes by coordinating the provision of comprehensive, high quality and affordable home management services.

Broad Overview

The Village Network is an innovative solution for those who want to remain independent. For an annual membership fee, members receive support from experienced, trustworthy local providers, affordable services and peace of mind in knowing that members can depend on the quality of services in the Village Network.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

The Village Network has a Board of Directors and a business plan including bylaws.

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

The Village Network has a partnership with the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The Village Network pays for membership to the Senior Center for Village Network members.

What is the role of volunteers?

When a Village Network member calls with a need, our first attempt is to fill the need with a volunteer. If the service is beyond the scope of our volunteers, then the member is referred to our preferred providers, many of whom offer discounts to Village Network members.

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

The fact that The Village Network is under the Life Coping, Inc. umbrella has contributed to the success of the initiative. Life Coping is a successful case management agency that has been in business for 20 years and is well-known and respected in the communities that our initiative serves.

Community Initiatives

Transportation

Our volunteers transport Village Network members to doctor appointments, the supermarket, etc.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

We have providers of handyman services who have done such things as installing shelves and patching/painting walls.

Home Repair & Modification

The backbone of our initiative is to provide referrals to trusted sources of workers available for home repair, odd jobs/chores, and to provide respite. We have home repair providers such as electricians and plumbers.

We have providers who are able to do safety evaluations and make such recommendations.

Health & Wellness

We have providers of holistic health and the YMCA, for example.

We have access to loaner's closets for durable medical equipment.

We participate in several speaking engagements to educate communities on access to services.

Social, Educational & Recreational

The Village Network reaches that goal through our partnership with the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

Communication

word of mouth, advertising, internet, public speaking

Region

Documents

Contact

Suzanne Koperniak
Executive Director
159 Main Dunstable Road, Suite 204, Nashua, New Hampshire 03069
skoperniak@lifecoping.org
603-891-0008