Habitat for Humanity's
Ageing in Place Program
Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. Habitat is partnering with homeowners age 55+ through the Ageing in Place program. Exterior and interior home improvements will adapthomes so seniors can live there safely and independently for many more years. If you own a home in Douglas or Jefferson Counties (Kansas), this video explains how this program can help you.
Special thanks to Prof. Jane Gibson and her KU anthropology students for their video promoting the Ageing in Place program.
Help is Here - KU class provides assistance
Take the next step - tell us what you think about aging in place, what you think it requires to be successful, and what challenges it presents.
Please send your name and contact information (phone and email) to our instructor, Prof. Jane Gibson,
A student will contact you to tell you more about the project, answer your questions, and, if you agree, schedule a 30-45 minute interview by phone or internet (e.g. Zoom, Facetime, Skype).
To safeguard the health of our members and volunteers,
Community Village Lawrence (CVL) has suspended in-person services and intake of new members.
Our entire Village looks forward to the All Clear announcement from the Douglas Co Health Department, so that we may resume normal services and social events.
Until that date, CVL urges all County residents to minimize travel from home, observe guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene.
Community Village Lawrence would like to send its gratitude to
uni computers of Lawrence, KS.
for the recent and generous sponsorship of office computer equipment.
We are very grateful! Thank you!
Community Village Lawrence
is the recent recipient of a grant from the
Prairie Band Potawatomi
Charitable Contributions Committee.
We would like to extend our gratitude to this organization for its thoughtful and helpful encouragement towards our efforts to grow our village and extend our reach to the whole county.
Prairie Band Potawatomi
Charitable Contributions Committee!
We are ever so excited and grateful!
Community Village Lawrence
is hosting its' next
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
at Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence (north side)
from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.
*We will not be hosting a Coffee Social in the month of April, due to the recent health and safety guidelines of the Coronavirus / COVID -19 pandemic.*
*****Please stay safe and healthy!*****
We welcome all ages, Members, Volunteers, and any other interested people from the community.
Come join us for some great conversation and coffee and meet some of your Community Village Lawrence neighbors and friends.
This is a standing event and will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month
at Johnny's Tavern North.
Please join us when you can!
Coffee, tea, water & pastries served.
401 N. 2nd St., North Lawrence
Thank you to our sponsors:
Rick & Nancy Renfro
Owners of: Johnny's North, Johnny's West & J Wilson's
Wheelchair access available.
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Another easy way to support
Community Village Lawrence
Sign up for Amazon Smile and use it every time you shop on AMAZON, whether you are a prime member or not.
There is a new way to support Community Village Lawrence. CVL has registered with Amazon.com to participate in their Smile donation program. Its easy and no cost to you as Amazon contributes the full amount of the donation. Use the CVL specific link below each time you log-in (don't forget to bookmark it) and you'll have access the same selection and prices as the regular Amazon.com log-in.
That's it. Enter (log-in) through this AmazonSmile portal and your purchases will help CVL. Shop local, in particular, support CVL's generous sponsors, but for those on-line purchases, use AmazonSmile to support your
Help Community Village Lawrence...
When You Shop for Groceries!
Did you know that you can help Community Village Lawrence each time you shop at Dillons stores? Enrolling in the Dillons Community Rewards Program is easy!
To enroll in the Dillons Community Rewards Program for CVL:
1. Go to the website at Dillons Community Rewards
2. Sign in (this is the account you have for fuel points, etc.) or create an account.
3. Click on "Enroll Now."
4. Enter EM289 as the NPO number (or you can search by name).
5. Select CVL and click on "enroll."
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Our stores are on a mission to not just part of, but to help create a stronger community. We recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. Thank you for being such an important organization in our community.
Thank you for your support!
Check out the latest Newsletter for CVL!
Click on the link below to view it!
July 2018 Newsletter
The Mission of Community Village Lawrence is to enhance quality of life for the entire community by helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age. We aim to do this by creating a network of supports and services following the Village model to make aging at home a long-term, affordable option.
Community Village Lawrence is a membership-based service with an expanding volunteer network. Any Lawrence resident who wishes to age in their home but feels they may need extra support is invited to join. Become a member or volunteer for Community Village Lawrence and join a strong and growing community. Visit the Membership and Volunteer Opportunities pages for more information.
The Village to Village Network's (VtVN)
is full of useful information for
Community Village members and volunteers!
Check the VtVN website every other Friday for the latest news about the Village to Village Network and the Village Movement.
The Village Buzz
Would you, a friend, or loved one, like assistance in any of the following areas?
Preparing for and attending health-related appointments?
A note-taker to write down what the health professional says during the appointment?
Transportation to and from the appointment, and if necessary, from your front door to the chair in the appointment room.
General support and companionship throughout the entire appointment process?
Health Support Volunteer
What is a Health Support Volunteer (HSV)?
- An extra set of ears during a health-related appointment
- A note-taker: someone to document the communication between doctor and patient.
- Someone to help you prepare for and attend medical appointments. HSVs can be by your side during the entire process, from preparing to prescription pickup!
- General support and companionship for the patient - empowering them to be an active participant in their health care.
- Someone to remind you to ask a specific question before the doctor leaves or to clarify confusing terms.
- NOT a medical health professional or medical advocate!
In June of 2018, Community Village Lawrence, unveiled a new program, Health Support Volunteer services. This program will be an addition to the services that CVL already provide. The HSV program is a service that will allow a note taker to accompany our members during medical appointments. Community Village has held our initial HSV training course and now have a number of trained HSVs that are ready for service. This program has been in the developmental stage for the past year and has been made possible by a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation.
At the first HSV training course on May 31, seven volunteers learned the proper role and responsibilities of a medical note taker. This group was led by Judy Bellome, RN (CVL Board Member) and Chala LaRocca, RN, (Wife of CVL Board Member). We had a lively discussion and each received a training manual for reference. Our new CVL Office Coordinator, Katie Whitenight and our Service Coordinator, Robert Little, were on hand as well and offered suggestions and ideas. More HSV training sessions will be conducted throughout the year to accommodate member needs.
If you are interested in becoming a Health Support Volunteer please let the office know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
An HSV can be requested by any CVL member in need of a trained volunteer assisting during a doctor’s appointment. The HSV is a note-taker and NOT an advocate! The goal of this program is to support CVL member’s involvement in their own medical care. Special attention is given toward confidentiality and support of the member throughout this service.
The CVL member meets with the HSV prior to the scheduled doctor’s appointment to create a list of the member’s priorities for the medical appointment. An example might be the CVL member wants to discuss problems with prescribed medications. The HSV can remind the member to ask questions from this list during the appointment. The HSV will record the doctor’s answers to the member’s questions plus any additional observations and treatment instructions. The note-taker (HSV) concludes the service by typing up the notes from the appointment, reviewing them with the member and leaving a printed copy for the member’s future reference.
For more information and/or request this service, please contact the CVL Office:
HSV Information Line
NPR Visits Villages across the Country
National Public Radio's (NPR) Ina Jaffe explores the positive impact that over 200 Villages have made for seniors. She discovers that, with a little help from neighbors, Village members can expand their options for independent living and make new friends in the process.
In her report, Jaffe explores how three different communities have personalized the concept of a Village: 1) Beacon Hill Village in Boston; 2) Englewood Village in Chicago; and 3) Community Connections, a rural Village in California.
Follow this link to view Jaffe’s report: Sometimes It Takes A 'Village' To Help Seniors Stay In Their Homes
We are proud to be a member
of the Village Network. Click on
the image to the right to learn more.
On the Village Movement:
Seniors Hold on to Urban
Independence Into Old Age,
a PBS special on the national