From Frank... I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. The Village had an early Thanksgiving celebration of sorts, at our recent Sunday Supper in partnership with All Souls Church where a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was provided by Lillies restaurant. The Celtic harp and flute duo were a great bonus! It was a fun and festive time for all that attended. Our next Sunday Supper will be in February, as renovations will be undertaken at the church over the next few months. These suppers are a great way to meet new folks and enjoy someone else’s cooking! If you have a recommendation for a local restaurant or caterer that you’d propose for a future dinner, please send me an email. Coming Up Next Week! In the coming week, we have a tour of Frederick Douglass’ home, Cedar Hill, located in Southeast, DC. It was recently renovated, and I am told that the sprawling lawn is quite memorable and impressive. We will also have a special program on housing options for older adults. This is a two-part series with Jennifer Brown, now retired, but previously in the medical/healthcare field for more than 50 years. It is important to note that this program was conceived based upon a series of conversations with members. That is, a few members expressed to me that they wanted to be prepared if they at some point could not live independently, but were unsure of the options. Furthermore, it was a daunting task to get started with the research. Both sessions with Jennifer Brown will be held online via Zoom and are open to anyone interested. The first session, on November 30th, will explore independent living communities from subsidized senior housing to high end, luxury life planning campuses. The second session, on December 7th, will address specialized residential care: Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care. While it is beneficial to attend both webinars, each session stands on its own merits. If you are even slightly interested, I hope that you will consider attending one or both sessions. We will record the sessions and make the presentations available via our blog for those who cannot participate. Please note, however, that part of the value of participating live is that we’ve scheduled plenty of time for Jennifer to field your questions.
As the Village kicks off its end of year fundraising (in time for Giving Tuesday) we have been offered a special $6,000 challenge match. That means every dollar our donors contribute up to $6,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. To make your contribution go farther, please give through this challenge program. You can do so online at www.cwpv.org/challenge or via Zelle using email@example.com. This idea for a challenge grant was created last year when I described the Village idea of neighbors helping neighbors to two of my longtime and dear friends – Bryon and Patricia. Both had provided care for their parents, were inspired by the Village concept, and they came up with the challenge grant as part of Giving Tuesday. This year, we are thrilled that a few others joined and we have been given up to $6,000 in matching funds! Will you support us to offer programs and services to older neighbors in our community? Make a contribution at www.cwpv.org/challenge and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Together, we will ensure that older neighbors are a vital thread in the fabric of our community. Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity!