Thriving in Place York County

Covers: Acton, Alfred, North Berwick, Lebanon, Sanford, Springvale, Shapleigh, Waterboro, Maine (Parts of York County)

Start Date: 2013, Implementation began 11/1/2015

Mission, Vision & Goals

Empowering older and/or chronically disabled, residents of Sanford, Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, North Berwick, Shapleigh and Waterboro to remain physically in their homes and engaged in their communities. We will accomplish this by enabling access to local services and organizations, in partnership together to coordinate a network of assistance both physical and social.

Broad Overview

  1. Building our capacity to conduct the work.
  2. Develop messaging materials to reach seniors/Disabled and ALL community members who want to be engaged.
  3. Develop a volunteer network.
  4. Provide opportunities for collaboration among service providers and community.
  5. Develop a Senior Center without walls to engage the broader community and meet people where they are.
  6. Begin research on Intergenerational Day Services.
  7. Establish TiP Clinical Fellowships
  8. Provide Caregiver trainings and support.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

Currently we are operating on a consensus model. Work is directed by our Consumer Advisory Committee made up of potential participants and our Leadership Team made up of local professionals.

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

We have created partnerships with the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine to connect Medical Students to older and Chronically Disabled persons through our Nasson Health Center, a FQHC. We are also working with SMAAA to present Dementia trainings as well as Savvy Caregiver trainings in the Sanford area. We will be working with the Waterboro Lion's Club as part of our Senior Center Without Walls/ Lunch with Friends to use their facilities to host lunches. We have also put together a Partnership Action Network which is local resources, as well as individuals who work with older and disabled people. The purpose of this group is to share resources, bring needs of community members to group and then solve the need by connecting the community member to resources to solve their issue.

What is the role of volunteers?

Volunteers are an important part of the work through leadership and guidance of the work as well as our much needed volunteers for our Volunteer Network.

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

Developing and Engaging our CAC group to provide real life/consumer feedback on thoughts and scope of work. Development of a Provider Action Network to share local resources and promote real action.

Transportation will be a barrier due to the rural nature of the work.

Types of funding that your initiative has received


Community Initiatives


We have partnered with YCCAC transportation to increase the role of volunteer drivers and have recently begun a new initiative to expand shopping and social bus services to the Waterboro and Alfred areas.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

Our Volunteer Network has been established to assist with these things.

Home Repair & Modification

We currently have other programs at YCCAC -- weatherization, Keeping Seniors Home- to assist with home repair.

We use current YCCAC programs as well as UNE medical students to help identifying devices and home modifications that make it easier and safer for people to age in their home.

Health & Wellness

UNE Medical Students to work in conjunction with Nasson Health Center to provide in home follow up visits to monitor NHC patients and medical regime after medical appointment. Also will be conducting balance assessments, medication checks. We are conducting Aging and Memory/Dementia training in partnership with SMAAA.

York County Thriving in Place held a Healthy Living Expo which we hope well be an annual event bringing seniors together for fun and enrichment.

Outreach & Resource Information

Thriving in Place York County has complied a resource guide that is in print as well as on our website.

Download the Thriving in Place York County Resource Guide.

Social, Educational & Recreational

Thriving in Place York County launched some successful initiatives focused on reducing social isolation, such as the increase of available transportation in more rural communities We have offered educational opportunities related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Advanced Directives and Caregiver issues. We have also offered an exercise class and plan to do more of these types of activities in the future. Our Volunteer Network provides volunteers to provide friendly visits for those who are challenged to get out of their homes.

Food, Gardening & Cooking

York County Thriving in Place has implemented wellness services at our Senior Center without walls during "Lunch with Friends".

Family, Caregiving Support & Respite

Thriving in Place York County continues to pursue the idea of an Intergenerational Center. We also have offered educational opportunities for caregivers.


York County Thriving in Place has a website that is running and have printed materials about our work.



Meaghan Arzberger
Director of Economic Opportunity
YCCAC/Thriving in Place York County