Clearfield, PA – Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging got a generous donation from a home health care company, helping to eventually make the Village of Hope intergenerational dementia-friendly community a reality!

Ann Knab, with Home Helpers of Central PA, located in Hollidaysburg, presented the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. with a check for $2090.10. This donation, made possible by Home Helpers’ annual Vegas Fundraiser, will benefit the Village of Hope (www.ourvillageofhope.com).

Pictured from left are Yadira Valadez (Home Helpers Administrative Assistant), Ronda Vaughn, CCAAA Fundraiser & Events Specialist, and Ann Knap. Many thanks to Ann and all the employees of Home Helpers for their generosity!

Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.

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According to the Village of Hope website:

The Village of Hope transforms a decommissioned school property and its surrounding 23 acre pastural setting into a model community designed in partnership with its residents to be open to Pennsylvanians of all incomes and inclusive of older adults living with dementia and other cognitive changes. The Village will be a purposeful living community where neighbors help neighbors who are living with cognitive change. The co-living model, where people with special needs live together with the general public of all ages and capabilities, is an apt model for today and like all great societies of the past, maintains a balanced resiliency, a humanity of diversity able to change with the times.

The Village of Hope envisions a community where all members, particularly people experiencing dementia, thrive by connecting to the beauty and creativity within themselves, within other people, and from being in nature. To achieve this vision at the Village of Hope, we tap cutting edge technologies, world class design and a deep respect for local community and creative engagement. The Village of Hope will serve not only its residents but also the greater community now and long into the future. The former elementary school will be transformed into a Village Hall to provide much-needed community resources such as a health clinic, grocery store, cafe/restaurant and community arts and theatre spaces.

At the Village of Hope, all community members will benefit from the opportunity of having a home of their own, belonging to a community that includes people of all ages, feeling secure without loss of opportunity to grow; growing, changing and engaging in creative expression and civics, living in a community where one can age in place, giving to others and receiving form others, while reconnecting to nature and the living world.