Georgetown Village: Senior Service Extends Staying in Your Home

Georgetown Village President Jessica Townsend with founder Sharon Lockwood
Robert Devaney
Georgetown Village President Jessica Townsend with founder Sharon Lockwood

Leaders of the aging-in-place Georgetown Village met with an overflowing hall of neighbors at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on P Street on April 26 to discuss their nonprofit service helping elderly neighbors stay in their homes. The group has 57 members pledged and needs 47 more to hit its goal of 100 to get the service up and running.

"I want to leave the house feet first," said founder Sharon Lockwood, a Georgetown resident of 43 years. The aging-in-place concept of trusted neighborhood helpers and contacts has caught on throughout nation, including Capitol Hill and Bethesda. Involving volunteers, especially young people, the service will provide handyman help around the house, transportation, food carryout tips as well as group activities, such as book clubs. Founding member's annual fee is $500; that makes for a monthly fee of around $42 ($800 annually for households). Already, the group has raised $45,000 and has a list of 60 volunteers.

For more information, contact Sharon Lockwood, founder and chair: SharonLockwood100@hotmail.com, 202-361-2482 or visit Georgetown-Village.org.

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