Village Connections is part of a movement of Villages. With considerable help from the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the members of the German Village Society’s Long Range Planning Committee extensively researched the best practices of successful villages across the United States.
Spearheaded by long term German Village residents, Village Connections was the first of its type in Ohio. However the village’s strategic plan and initial budget were informed by a systematic review of the best practices of a growing number of other successful Villages that had developed across the country to help achieve that goal.
The inspiration that led to a groundswell of support for Village Connections came from long term residents of German Village and the German Village Society’s Long Range Planning Committee. Many long term residents told Village founders that they strongly want to age in their historic homes in their special neighborhood. They also want to stay connected, engaged and healthy.
In February 2010 one such resident asked the German Village Society to consider establishing an aging in place community program modeled after the successful Beacon Hill Village.
The German Village Society’s Long Range Planning Committee carefully researched the national Village movement, reviewed local census data, surveyed residents, conducted roundtable discussions with interested neighbors, and consulted with Village directors in similar communities. During project planning, two of the Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) Village founders visited German Village as consultants. To establish best practices, planners studied the business models and operations of a number of existing villages. The German Village group also joined the national Village to Village network and participated in statewide Village development activities organized by the Ohio Department on Aging.
In February 2012, the German Village Society’s trustees extended support by agreeing to act as the 501 (c)(3) fiscal agent for pilot grants and donations while the Village Connections secured its own tax exempt status. The Society has also graciously provided office and meeting space.
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