For the past year, Ampact, with support from CoGenerate’s Generations Serving Together program, placed cogenerational pairs of AmeriCorps members in elementary schools. The older and younger adults worked side by side to improve students’ reading and math skills. A...
The Latest from CoGenerate
CoGenerate is proud to be part of More Perfect, a coalition of national service and bridge-building groups that launched a bold plan today calling for cogenerational national service and volunteering, including a dramatic expansion of opportunities to engage 1 million...
We at CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org) are mourning the loss of Chuck Feeney this week. Without Chuck's vision and generosity we likely would not exist as an organization. Twenty-five years ago Atlantic Philanthropies took a chance on our start-up, playing a...
Purpose Prize Fellow 2008
Allowing older adults to age in their homes by creating community-village support systems.
After a career in marketing and fundraising, Susan McWhinney-Morse was haunted when her mother-in law, after being placed in a nursing home, said, “Here, I’m just an old woman. I’ve lost my identity.” In 2002, at age 69, McWhinney-Morse and a group of Boston residents created Beacon Hill Village to give people over 50 the support and services they need to retain their identities by “aging in community,” in their own homes. Where nursing homes and assisted-living institutions typically constrain their aging residents with fixed and rigid programs, Beacon Hill Village participants decide for themselves what they need to sustain physical and social well-being in their own homes. A paid coordinator and six part-time staff members tap resources already present in the community to provide transportation to health care and cultural events; help with shopping, cleaning and cooking; do bill-paying and other paperwork; and meet participants’ other daily needs. More than 450 older people, 75 of low to moderate income, have contributed membership fees to Beacon Hill Village and are successfully “aging in community.” There are now 15 villages up across the country and over 100 initiatives worldwide, while funding and operating models for suburban and rural areas are under development. “Entering the second half of my life, I found myself free to explore new ways of thinking.”