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Seniors Age 55+
South Jefferson County in Littleton, Colorado


Columbine Community Village
Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Columbine Community Village empowers older adults to remain in their own homes during the mature years of life, supported by a network of neighbors helping neighbors. We value the importance of older adults to our society, encourage intergenerational connection, and mobilize our community to care for one another.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Attend one of our public information meetings (about one hour, including time for Q&A):

"Columbine Community Village: For Seniors Who Live in Their Own Homes and Plan to Stay There!"

  • Saturday December 6, 2014, 3:30 pm
  • Saturday January 10, 2014, 11:30 am
Location: Columbine Public Library
Address:  7706 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO 80123



Register to attend one of these meetings!

Even if you don't live in our membership area, this informative presentation can be valuable to any one interested in the Village Movement or in having a Village in their own community.


WHAT'S NEW!

News Article on the Village Movement: The New York Times

"Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support"
  
The New York Times, November 28, 2014

Reporter Constance Gustke notes the rising trend of virtual villages. "Currently, there are 140 villages in 40 states, according to Village to Village Network, which helps establish and manage the villages. Another 120 virtual villages are on the drawing boards, as baby boomers . . . begin gravitating to them."

"These villages are low-cost ways to age in place and delay going to costly assisted-living facilities, say experts. Yearly membership dues average about $450 nationally, and most villages offer subsidies for people who cannot afford membership costs. Armies of volunteers, who help run many villages, also help lower member costs by doing yard work, picking up prescriptions . . ."

     
Read the article.

      
Request Information about Columbine Community Village.


CBS Sunday Morning News Feature, "Aging in America,"
with Village Model Highlights
  • Sunday October 19, 2014
On this weekend’s CBS Sunday Morning, (check your local TV listings), senior news correspondent Rita Braver reports on the challenging picture of caring for older adults through interviews with a woman caring for her aging step father; former Senator Tom Daschle, who leads the new Bipartisan Policy Center’s Long-Term Care Initiative; and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and author Roz Chast (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” – a memoir about caring for her aging parents).  The feature highlights Beacon Hill Village and the Village model as one solution to the crisis.

Watch the "Aging in America" video. (Total Length, 8:59)
(Village Story begins at time marker 5:15)


News Highlight for Columbine Community Village: The Denver Post

"Colorado's Cities and Counties Prepare for the 'Silver Tsunami' "

The Sunday Denver Post, March 30, 2014

In a Denver Post feature article, Reporter Colleen O'Connor presents a thoroughly-researched, compelling story about the aging of Denver’s suburbs, with tough challenges ahead and hopeful solutions. Jefferson County has the largest population of over-65s in the entire State.

Columbine Community Village is cited as an example of how the Village Movement is helping older adults live with greater independence. Colleen O’Connor interviewed Arnie Snyder and member Polly Strobel. DP Photographer Andy Cross took photos of member Arlene Molis and volunteer Lonnie Leasman during Arlene’s weekly hair appointment. Read the article.


News Highlight for Columbine Community Village: The Denver Post

"Columbine Community Village Helps Seniors Stay in Their Homes"

The Denver Post Your Hub, February 13, 2014
South Jeffco, Littleton, Columbine Edition

Written by Your Hub reporter Joe Vaccarelli, this article gives an overview of Columbine Community Village and its role in serving South Jefferson County seniors. Read the article.



Publicity on Villages: NBC Nightly News

"It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home"

NBC Nightly News, January 24, 2014


Brian Williams talks about the benefits of the 'staying put' program [also known as the Village concept] with his in-laws. See "It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home."


Overview of Columbine Community Village

Columbine Community Village membership is available to older adults, age 55 and up, who live in South Jefferson County, in Littleton, Colorado. (Includes Columbine area of western Arapahoe County.)

Learn about our Membership Area

A nonprofit corporation, Columbine Community Village is supported by member dues, individual and business contributions, and the generous volunteer efforts of neighbors helping neighbors. These vital resources provide the tools that help our community’s older adults to continue living in their own homes with greater independence and dignity.
  • A single phone call can arrange for a volunteer to give the member a ride to the grocery store, doctor's office, or for visits or errands.
  • Skilled volunteers are available for minor household repairs, help with computers, occasional chores, and the like.
  • For a contractor or paid service provider, members call a single phone number  for a vendor whose background and qualifications have been checked out.
  • Social and educational programs connect members with neighbors and friends, offering opportunities for recreation and stimulation.
  • Community interaction and personal growth are encouraged through the many activities of Columbine Community Village.

Columbine Community Village is able to fulfill our mission through caring people who:
  • Join – Membership is open to adults over 55 within our membership area, in suburban South Jefferson County (and the Columbine area of western Arapahoe County).
  • Volunteer - Volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including rides, minor household repairs, computer help, and service projects.
  • Donate - Individual and business contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible. Columbine Community Village is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your gifts allow us to keep member dues at a reasonable level, and help sustain Columbine Community Village.
Want to know more about Columbine Community Village and the Village Movement?  Tell us about your interest!
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