We are a group of volunteers who worked together to establish the Village Network of Petaluma as a non-profit, community membership organization to empower adults 50+ to age affordably in their own homes for as long as they can, as well as they can. The Village Network was then launched in June, 2014. Villages are member-driven, and primarily supported by fees from their members. Think relationships, collaboration, sharing, suport, and peace of mind.
The Village model is a way of life, not a place: "neighbors helping neighbors." The village model has been successful in more than 230 other communities in the U.S., and we are drawing from their experiences. There are over 29 Villages in the Bay Area, and more in development. We are the first in Sonoma County!
Members call one number for resource referral, home visits, social events, computer help, minor household repairs, transportation, pre-screened service provider referrals, and opportunities to share one's special talents within the Village.
Our intention is to work in collaboration with existing community organizations to strengthen affordable services for seniors and increase the "aging-friendliness" of our community.
"Aging should never be a solo game"
Scotti Kluess, Secretary
Darcy Levy, Assistant Secretary
Joan Skinner, Assistant Treasurer
Bob Stires, Treasurer
Lyndi Brown, Community Outreach Team Leader
Kelly Corbett, Member Connections Team Co-Leader, MedPal Team Leader
Rob Girolo, Tech Team Co-Leader
Wayne Guptill, Handyperson Team Leader, Transportation Team Leader
Paul Greenblatt, Tech Team Co-Leader, Transportation Team Co-Leader
Anne Greenblatt, Membership Team Co-Leader
Scotti Kluess, Resources Team Leader
Darcy Levy, Board Development Task Force Leader, liaison to Program Team
Tiaga Liner, Member Connection Team Co-Leader
Jane Merryman, Program Team Leader
Starr Rohrman, Membership Team Co-Leader
Jerry Spremich, Transportation Team Co-Leader
Community Advisors to the Village Network of Petaluma
Teresa Barrett, Mayor, Petaluma City Council
Lyndi Brown, Community Volunteer
Lolly Burns, Community Volunteer
Jodi Clinesmith, volunteer finance advisor
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Connie Hammerman, Community volunteer
Jane Hamilton, Ex. Dir., Rebuilding Together
Stanton Lawson, Co-Owner, Sequoia Senior Solutions
Donna Newman-Fields, Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services
Mary Stompe, Ex. Dir., PEP Housing