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A Resilient Approach to Aging in Community
Rainy Day Village Network promotes a thriving community
through our network of neighborly support.
To quote John Lennon,
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
We had been so busy making "other plans" - those plans being our intent to open our Rainy Day Village virtual doors on May 1st, 2020.
And then, the unanticipated and disorienting change in our lives and circumstances intervened. Clearly, our launch date is has been postponed indefinitely, given that we are all dealing with various categories of uncertainty. The Rainy Day Village Steering Committee is in touch with our “hub” Villages NW and are getting ideas about how to engage and support our community while direct contact is not possible during this time of physical distancing. We are all following CDC Guidelines as well as State and Local Health Authorities.
When business as usual shut down we were in the midst of training volunteers and scheduling introductory visits to our prospective members. Some of these activities may proceed “virtually” such as on-line volunteer training but others that require face-to-face interactions and home visits have been put on hold. Since we have not formally enrolled members at this point, all of those who have expressed interest in Rainy Day Village are considered “villagers”.
Although this gives the Steering Committee some breathing room to dot our I’s and cross our T’s, get our documents finalized, spend a little more time fine tuning our policies and procedures, it also means revisiting our mission and ways in which we desire to serve our village community.
For now, we are refocusing our energies on connecting our villagers through virtual gatherings and the social element that villages can provide in addition to providing direct services at a later date. We are currently doing this through the Zoom platform with Zoom's updated security safeguards in place.
We have some exciting (and comforting to those who desire more contact while isolated) ways to join in Rainy Day Village social activities. Since these are online activities, registration is required. See our Events calendar for details.