We are the Village It Takes!
Hope Meadows is an intentional, inter-generational neighborhood — the first of its kind — and the model and inspiration for many others like it around the country.
Established in 1994 using housing on a converted military base in central Illinois, Hope Meadows was designed to provide community support to families adopting children from foster care, as well as an opportunity for retirees (and near-retirees) to find meaning and purpose as neighbors, mentors, and “grandparents” in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Hope Meadows’ innovative housing and community model has continued to evolve, and today supports not only traditional foster and adoptive families, but also grandparent-led households, foster grand-parenting, and older youth launching into adulthood.
New Life Village
The mission of New Life Village is to provide a supportive environment, within an intergenerational community, for children in need of a safe and stable family experience. The Village exists to reduce the number of children in long term foster care by encouraging more families to adopt or to prevent them from entering into foster care at all. New Life Village impacts the local foster care, affordable housing and opioid crises.
The Village supports the foster care system by providing program rich, below market housing to foster-adoptive and kinship families of children, many who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma. Seniors living in the community serve as surrogate grandparents, volunteers, and tutors. Our community provides children a loving, supportive place to call home while they heal from the effects of their trauma(s). The village also connects parents to a community of supports and resources so that children have families that are supported and supportive.
Genesis is a small, intergenerational community in Washington, DC, consisting of 27 affordable apartments for seniors, for young families transitioning out of foster care, and for other families. At Genesis, neighbors commit to supporting each other and the community. Everyone has value and everyone contributes, whatever their talents.
Genesis neighbors regularly come together for large events like community dinners in the assembly space on the first floor and smaller activities like tutoring or occasional art classes in the ground floor activity rooms. On-site staff are on hand to facilitate the community capacity and connections that allow every neighbor to make a difference, and make Genesis a good place to call home.
Bastion Community of resilience
New Orleans, LA
Since the War on Terror began in 2001, thousands of military families have experienced severe, debilitating wounds from combat or the traumatic loss of a loved one. Bastion is working to create an intergenerational community to support the unmet needs of Wounded Warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their surviving families.
Bastion provides a supportive living environment for injured veterans and families within our intentionally designed neighborhood by augmenting their care with neighbors, volunteers and specialists for a holistic approach to community integration.