Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for May 15, 2015
Please find May's updates below.
It was wonderful to see so many of you last Tuesday, May 12th at the White Oak Community Center . A hundred and eight people from forty different communities in Montgomery County gathered to learn from one another, share ideas and form connections. Participants gave very positive feedback about the day and felt the gathering was a good use of their time. All power Points, handouts, photos and workshops summaries will be available on the website soon.
On April 27th, Washington Area villages Exchange held their quarterly meeting at the Bethesda Chevy chase Regional Service Center. The topic of conversation was the relationship between villages and local hospital. Representatives from local hospitals talked about their interest in working with villages and what the collaborations could look like. There was a great amount of interest in this topic and a work group is forming to look at this issue more closely. If you are interested in joining, please let me know.
Elder abuse is a significant challenge and crosses all socio-economic and cultural boundaries. Each year, the county holds an elder abuse awareness day. This year, June 10th, we are going to hold the event at Holiday Park Senior Center. Please let your village members know about this event and come by to get information and learn about local resources available to you.
I was invited to attend an interesting event in DC today (Friday, May 15th). In the summit representatives from DC villages and DC churches discussed ways they can work together. The conversation revolved around issues of disparities, gentrification, and lack of basic needs for residents of poor neighborhoods. But the group also brought up creative and interesting ways communities of faith and villages can identify specific ways they can collaborate. If you find this topic interesting, please give me a call!
Thank you and enjoy your weekend,
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850