"HOPE LIGHTS INTERGENERATIONAL SHARED HOUSING COMMUNITY " PROGRAM
Newcastle, WA, USA.
"..and as Ted Koppel said when he talked about the Generations of Hope Community in Illinois, it's an idea so old that its new again."
-Helen Lakeru, Executive Director for Many Lights Foundation
Seniors are given a specific purpose as they hold their unique place in the shared housing community and build relationships with younger generations. Seniors are able to provide stability and continuity to foster children and kinship care children who are at risk of not being placed in a permanent home and have been neglected or not received nurturing attention in the past. Adoptive parents and kinship caregivers such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other kin caring fo relative children are also allowed to live within the housing complex at the "Hope Lights Intergenerational Shared Housing Community" Program.
Seniors will benefit from a supportive community and several stimulating social activities during their own aging process. Seniors living in the Hope Lights Community will volunteer eight hours per week serving the community. In exchange for their volunteer time they will receive reduced rents.
Some of “Hope Lights” activities include: Counseling services, parenting education classes, intergenerational education opportunities, community gardening, community celebrations and more.
The "Hope Lights Intergenerational Shared Housing Community" Program plans to include15 single-family homes, multi-family homes for 45 seniors, a community center for educational programs and social events, an administrative office, recreation areas and a community garden.
The aim of the “Many Lights Foundation” is to heal the pain of abuse and neglect for children living in kinship and foster care by providing them with permanent homes in an intergenerational neighborhood housing community called the “Hope Lights Community.”
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