Redwood Coast Village, the membership program that provides services and volunteers to help people remain in their own homes, is now a program of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center (HSRC).
Founded in Humboldt in 2015, Redwood Coast Village (RCV) offers its members a variety of volunteer services, information and referrals to assist them in living independently in their own homes, and helps them continue to be engaged in their communities as they age.
RCV is one of almost 200 Villages across the United States, a grassroots effort to address the challenges of the growing older adult population. The concept arose in 2002 in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood as a way for residents to remain in their own homes while being able to access services that supported their changing lifestyles as they aged.
Melissa Hooven, HSRC’s chief executive officer, says joining forces expands and complements HSRC’s range of services to the Humboldt County community. “RCV provides an important service to our community, and we are delighted with the opportunity to bring such a wonderful program into the HSRC family,” she said. “It’s important for HSRC to continue our work to increase access to programs and services that best support our community’s aging population.”
As an HSRC program, RCV will have access to additional resources to expand its community of members and volunteers while continuing to provide social opportunities for its members and the same quality services provided by its network of volunteers.
Bob Oswell, former president of the RCV Board of Directors, said joining HSRC is a win-win. “RCV and HSRC share the same goals regarding the best services for Humboldt County seniors, and I believe this will be a great fit for both organizations,” he said.
RCV membership includes many social and support benefits, ranging from book groups, member get-togethers and the monthly RCV newsletter, to services by Village volunteers such as transportation to appointments, shopping and events, help with simple home and yard repairs and maintenance; assistance with technology, and check-in calls and visits. All members also have access to a list of member-recommended businesses and service providers.
Membership is available to those 50 and older who reside in the RCV service area, and who are self-sufficient in meeting or providing for their own personal care needs. While RCV services are available in most of Humboldt County, call to confirm that your specific area is covered. Dues are payable either annually or in monthly installments; scholarships are also available.
New RCV volunteers are needed, and do not need to be members. There is no cost to become a volunteer, and no time requirements. The minimum age for volunteers is 18.
For more information about becoming either a Redwood Coast Village member or volunteer, click on the Redwood Coast Village program link at humsenior.org or call 707-798-6311.