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Nonprofit for elderly accepting members

By Staff | Sep 9, 2011

Following the holding of a series of successful grassroots meetings, SAIL, an innovative aging-in-place nonprofit, recently began accepting charter memberships from individuals wishing to remain in their own homes as long as possible and who live in the 876 or 870 telephone exchange. Interested parties are invited to join one of the continuing small-group informational meetings.

Currently plans for fall social, recreational and educational activities are underway. Members and the group’s volunteers will be receiving invitations to a gala get-acquainted party in early October to be held at the home of one of the Board members.

SAIL’s website is up and running at www.shepherdstownSAIL.org. Check it regularly for calendar updates and featured events. Brochures are available at Town Hall, the Shepherdstown Public Library, churches and at local businesses. Be sure to visit SAIL’s kiosk at the Sunday Farmers Market, which will be in front of the library.

SAIL is an organization sustained by membership fees whose mission is to find ways to help seniors and the disabled to remain in their homes as long as possible. It is part of a national movement of “villages,” a concept pioneered by Beacon Hill Village in Boston. Members build a community in which they establish relationships, enjoy cultural, educational and social activities, and help each other in times of need. In addition, by calling the SAIL office located in the Trinity Episcopal Parish House, members will have access to the services of screened/vetted vendors such as handymen, electricians, plumbers, tech support, personal care, housekeeping and transportation both through paid providers and a volunteer network.

For information on how to become a member or volunteer, visit www.shepherdstownSAIL.org, email info@shepherdstownSAIL.org or call 304-870-SAIL. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to join in the fun.