Thursday, October 26, 2006

"Empowering our Elders" Series at Ohavi Zedek


On Sunday, November 12th, between 1:30 and 4 p.m., members of the Social Justice/Vermont Interfaith Action committee of the Ohavi Zedek synagogue will be sponsoring the first of three community forums on “Empowering Our Elders” at Ohavi Zedek synagogue, 188 North Prospect St. , Burlington .

The November 12th forum will explore some of the challenging housing issues facing our aging population.

Starting with testimony highlighting problems and challenges for elders both within our congregation and the larger Chittenden County, the forum will then continue with brief presentations describing a variety of existing programs and exciting potential housing options for elders – including small grants for home modifications; cooperative housing opportunities; assisted living facilities; home sharing possibilities; and an overview of some innovative approaches to senior housing being taken outside of Vermont.

Local groups represented will include the Vermont Center for Independent Living, HomeShare Vermont , and the Cathedral Square Corporation.

“Break out” sessions following the presentations will allow participants to interact with the speakers and with one another. Information and ideas solicited from participants at the close of the forum will help guide a task force developed after the event in identifying next steps for effective action and support.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend and participate. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Ohavi Zedek synagogue at 864-0218.

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