Generations of Hope offers consulting and technical services to help organizations conceptualize, plan, and expedite the creation of new intergenerational communities based on the “intentional neighboring” model.
More specifically, we provide:
There is growing recognition that too many people in this country are facing serious challenges – challenges that threaten their well-being, including their happiness and ability to contribute to society. On almost a daily basis the media remind us of the serious problems people are experiencing today – poverty, racial bias, the growing income gap, gun violence, the high cost of health care, and lack of compassionate end-of-life care to name just a few. What can be done to reverse this rising tide of vulnerability, to restore hope and optimism that change is possible? What’s needed is a fuller response to vulnerability.
Conventional solutions are offered to address social problems can be complicated, expensive, inflexible, and beyond the ability of everyday people to make a significant contribution or to make a real difference. As a result, we leave the answers to these questions to government, business, and the social service sector – sectors which traditionally have been responsible for designing and implementing answers to these seemingly never-ending problems.
Their work has seldom been enough to significantly reduce rates of poverty, especially among children, or decrease the need for more and more services. Clearly our social safety net that is designed to provide a margin of protection or security for people facing serious social challenges needs to be strengthened. Key characteristics of this safety net include:
You want to develop a community providing a strong chance for a better life for a susceptible population. You know current systems aren’t working and a village of caring is a better option. There are several Generations of Hope examples you can read about, visit and learn from. But, what do you know about creating a brand new community? If you are willing to learn and partner with our team we will compliment your work and build missing components of a fantastic project! When its built, you want the operation of better serve a vulnerable population and to provide a quality life for seniors. Working together, a community will come into being featuring:
It is not easy and there is not cookbook formula. Working together in most cases we can create a healthy perpetual community in five to seven years. Yes, each one completed more quickly than the previous community.
Because, Generations of Hope believes that a new dimension must be added to the mix of vulnerable population assistance. Our community design and operation leverages the power and natural dynamics of small-scale, intimate, fully-engaged community with assistance that encourages people interacting with people in a village setting. Intentional neighboring offers a way for ordinary people to provide support as family and friends to those facing serious social challenges. The intergenerational approach means two generations benefit from living in this setting. We call the approach “double social utility”
Our role in helping you develop a special village is to bring the expertise you need to develop an intergenerational village that will best serve a vulnerable population in a planned intentional community. Everybody that is focusing on community as solution comes to the table with different skill sets. Our job is to figure out what you need and to fill in the gaps.
We consult social entrepreneurs across the country and help them develop the resources needed to build intergenerational communities. In a typical project we provide at least 50 hours on consulting services without charge.
Our model for intergenerational communities was researched and developed by Dr.Brenda Krause Eheart then a sociology professor at the University of Illinois. The first community was created in the early 1990’s in Rantoul, Illinois. There are now several communities around the country and more under development.
The basic ingredients are first a strong desire to help seniors live a better life and a strong desire to develop a community for a vulnerable population. A population that could include:
The model is based on five underlying principles. The model builds on unique relationships enhanced by design
The design of the physical community is critical. Special built in features include: