Based on the precedents of the "Aging in Place" organizations in other places, like Beacon Hill (Boston, MA), we are designing a program that can provide simple but effective services for the older population in our county. Among the services we provide: transportation (arranging rotating volunteer driving for grocery shopping, drugstore pickups, and doctor's appointments), assistance with paperwork (checkbook, bill paying) and aid with use of computer and internet to help people stay connected.
We have gathered an enthusiastic group of members who would like both to benefit from our planned program as well as to help develop it. The most distinctive benefit to date as been the reassuring effect of knowing that the services will be there so that our members will be able to stay at home as long as they choose, with the support of our organization.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
To be successful over the next three years, these are our objectives:
To grow to over 100 members. With growth, we would be able to have a full time professional director. With additional members, beyond 120, we would like to split off new groups, so that each town in our county has a group not more than 120, to maintain a small scale community.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
We think the biggest obstacles are in organizing and in fundraising. The idea is timely and needed, but crossing the gap between gathering members and being able to deliver key services requires time, money and organization, all of which are dependent on our continued growth.