Villages, or intergenerational hubs (iHubs), are self-identified communities best described as places that…
- Organize and provide internal services that improve the safety, health, education, and basic necessities of life for people of all ages;
- Promote programs, policies, and practices that increase cooperation, interaction and exchange between people of different generations; and
- Enable all ages to share their talents and resources and support each other in relationships that benefit both individuals and their community.
Although distinct in each implementation, a Village most importantly focuses on meeting the emerging needs of a neighborhood-specific senior population while simultaneously encouraging intergenerational interaction. The most common resources that a Village model can provides are discounted services from local vetted vendors and a centralized volunteer programs where residents can sign up to receive or provide different services ranging from ride sharing or babysitting, to lawn mowing or snow removal. To view some of the nations most successful villages check out A Little Help in Denver, CO; Villages NW in Portland, OR; and the Neighbor Network in Winterpark, FL.
We recognize that as baby boomers age, they desire to continue an independent lifestyle. By organizing local resources and inspiring residents to support one another, the Village model promotes intergenerational relationships and makes it easier for older residents to age in place responsibly while maintaining their autonomy and independence.
IIAC is happy to announce the development of Colorado Springs’ first village to be located in the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) just north of downtown. To learn more about the ONEN intergenerational Village (iVillage) follow this link.